James J. Brosnahan is one of the nation's most respected and recognized trial lawyers, with expertise in both civil and criminal trial work. He was inducted into The State Bar of California's "Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame" in April 1996; was awarded the "Samuel E. Gates Award" by the American College of Trial Lawyers in October 2000; was named the "Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the American Board of Trial Advocates in October 2001; was named "Legend of the Law" by the Lawyer's Club of San Francisco, November 2002; was awarded the William J. Brennan Jr. Award from the University of Virginia Trial Advocacy Program, January 2003.; and was awarded the Champion of Justice award from the Civil Justice Program at the Loyola Law School in September 2005. He is the recipient of the 2007 American Inns of Court Lewis F. Powell Award for Professionalism and Ethics.
Mr. Brosnahan has served as special counsel to the California Legislature's Joint Subcommittee on Crude Oil Pricing, the lawyers' representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and Chairman of the Delegation, and president of the Bar Association of San Francisco. He also serves as Master Advocate on the faculty and member of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Brosnahan is recognized as The National Law Journal's 2006 “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” He is listed in The Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America (2006). He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2007) as a leader in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, and White Collar Defense law.
Mr. Brosnahan wrote the Trial Handbook for California Lawyers published by Bancroft-Whitney.
Dismissal of all charges against Patricia Dunn, former chairperson of the board of Hewlett-Packard Corporation (March 2007);
Successful defense of Russian technology company and inventor concerning global positioning systems technology. (December 2006 arbitration);
Successful defense of Reliant Technologies in a jury trial followed by settlement. (Fall 2006);
Successful defense of a global positioning system inventor in Santa Clara Superior Court in an injunction proceeding involving the hiring of forty Moscow engineers (November 2005).
Successful defense of a cardiologist from Redding, California in a federal Medicare fraud case. After a year and a half of pre-indictment advocacy, the government decided not to prosecute (November 2005).
Successfully defended the City of Oakland and County of Alameda in the Oakland Raiders litigation and lead defense counsel for the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum and an individual defendant in a five-month jury trial (August 2003).
Successfully defended a respected product manufacturer in the first breast implant product liability jury trial in California. The plaintiff's science was excluded on motion and a non-suit granted at the end of plaintiff's opening statement (1997).
Successful defense of California Appellate Court Justice in disciplinary proceeding charging failure to follow stare decisis (August 1999).
Associate member of Office of Independent Counsel: Iran-Contra. Lead prosecutor in U.S. v. Caspar Weinberger (October-December 1992).