Gerald James is general counsel to Blanning & Baker clients. James is responsible for representing the organizations and their members in arbitrations, administrative forums, and in court. Over the past dozen years, James has represented clients before the state trial courts, courts of appeal, State Supreme Court, federal district courts and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
James also assists clients in developing bargaining proposals and legal strategies aimed at improving employment terms and conditions and preserving individual and organizational rights once a contract is negotiated. James also works with Blanning & Baker’s legislative advocates to introduce and amend legislation beneficial to clients.
In 2000, James was appointed as a legal advisor to the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) by the governor. During his two years with PERB, he provided principle legal counsel to the Board on all issues arising from the various public employee bargaining laws administered by PERB and drafted decisions for the Board’s consideration.
During law school, James worked as a law clerk for the Department of Personnel Administration and as a hearing representative for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.
James is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.