James D. Weakley

Mr. Weakley’s career focus has been defending public entities and their employees. He handles complex high profile cases involving various aspects of public entity liability. His clients have included elected and other public figures, including judges, district attorneys, sheriffs, chiefs of police, and heads of public agency departments.

Mr. Weakley has served as an arbitrator, mediator and judge pro tem for the Fresno County Superior Court. In addition, he is frequently asked to speak on topics related to his practice of law.

Bar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

All courts of the State of California

Professional Activities and Affiliations

Federal Bar Association
2010 President - San Joaquin Valley Chapter

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
2012 President - CAL-ABOTA
2007–2014 National Representative
2006 President - San Joaquin Valley Chapter

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
Three terms on the Board of Directors

Public Agency Risk Managers Association (PARMA)
Founding Member of the Central Valley Chapter

Defense Research Institute
Government Liability Committee

Central California Adjusters Association

Litigation Section of the California State Bar

California Association of Joint Powers Authorities

Fresno County Bar Association

Honors and Recognition

AV Preeminent® Peer Review rated with Martindale-Hubbell

2013 Induction into the San Joaquin College of Law Alumni Hall of Fame

2005–2017 Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney by Super Lawyers



James D. Weakley

Telephone (559) 221-5256

Facsimile (559) 221-5262

Areas of Practice

  • Public Entity Defense
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Police Liability
  • Correctional Liability
  • Child Protective Services Liability
  • Dangerous Condition of Public Property
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Employment Litigation


Juris Doctor, 1978
San Joaquin College of Law

Bachelor of Science, 1975                                                      
California State University,Sonoma    

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