James J. Arendt

James Arendt’s practice has included representation of public entities, including cities, counties and school districts, as well as private business interests. He has also represented employees of public entities including police officers, deputy sheriffs, probation officers, district attorneys, district attorney investigators, correctional officers, and judges.

Mr. Arendt has tried numerous cases in both state and federal courts. His trial experience includes successfully defending cases involving wrongful death, civil rights and premises liability. Mr. Arendt has successfully handled appeals in both the Ninth Circuit and Fifth District Court of Appeals.

Mr. Arendt was formerly a deputy sheriff with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department. While employed as a deputy he was assigned to patrol, detectives, SWAT, boating enforcement unit, and dive team. He serves on the Board of Directors for Valley Crime Stoppers. Mr. Arendt is an instructor on civil liability in law enforcement at the State Center Regional Training Facility at Fresno City College.

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, Board of Directors

Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Board of Directors

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Fresno County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Central California Adjuster’s Association


Juris Doctor, 1989
San Joaquin College of Law

Bachelor of Science, 1982
Political Science
University of California,
Los Angeles

James J. Arendt

Telephone (559) 221-5256

Facsimile (559) 221-5262

Areas of Practice

  • Public Entity Defense

  • Civil Rights Litigation

  • Police Liability

  • Correctional Liability

  • Dangerous Condition of Public Property

  • Employment Litigation

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