LitigationOF COUNSEL

James Greenan
Practice Areas:
  Employment Law
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

Jim has served as trial counsel for individuals and companies in a broad range of complex cases including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination, legal malpractice, real estate, trade regulation, personal injury and insurance coverage and bad faith.

His clients have included Safeway Inc., Lawrence Livermore National Security Laboratory, Ross Stores, Albertsons, Sears Roebuck & Co., The Chronicle Publishing Company, Allstate Insurance, St. Paul Insurance Co., Wente Vineyards and Kindercare Learning Centers.

  State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern/Central Districts
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
  B.A., Brigham Young University
J.D., University of Santa Clara Law School, Summa Cum Laude
       - Articles Editor – Santa Clara Lawyer
Professional Memberships, Hornors and Awards
  • Research Attorney – Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court
  • Selected as Super Lawyer in area of employment law (Peer award to top 5% of attorneys in specialty area) - 2004-2010
  • A.V. rated with Martindale Hubbell (highest award for professional competence and ethics)
  • Served on San Francisco Bar Association Ethics Committee - Authored Ethics Opinions
  • Selected as Mediator and Arbitrator by San Francisco and Contra Costa County Bar Associations
  • Member of California and Contra Costa County Bar Associations’ Labor and Employment Sections
Significant Trials,
Settlement and Reported Cases:
  • Pinero v. Sears, Age Discrimination. (6 week jury trial), U.S. District Court, Defense verdict. Valentine v. Sears, Sex Discrimination. (2 month jury trial), Alameda Sup.Ct. Defense verdict.
  • Craig v. KRON Television, Wrongful Termination. (1 month jury trial), S.F. Sup.Ct. Defense verdict.
  • Prinz v. Allstate, Breach of Employment Contract. (6 week jury trial), Alameda Sup.Ct. Defense verdict.
  • Lynn v. Aaron Brothers. Sexual Harassment. Sacramento Sup.Ct. Defense verdict.
  • Colunga v. [Defense contractor], Whistleblower. $60 million settlement
  • Murphy v. [Public Utility], Sexual Harassment. $250,000 settlement
  • Ishasi v. [National retailer], Sexual Harassment. $1.4 million settlement
  • [Confidential] v. Health Care Facility, Sexual Harassment, Race Discrimination. $150,000 settlement
  • Valente v. [Former Lawyer], Legal Malpractice. $950,000 settlement
Reported Decisions:
  • Subramanian v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 2009 WL 69295, (N.D.Cal. Jan 09, 2009)
  • Vedatech, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire Marine Ins. Co., 2008 WL 2790200, (N.D.Cal. Jul 17, 2008)
  • St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Vedatech Intern., Inc., 245 Fed.Appx. 588 (9th Cir.(Cal.) Jul 19, 2007) National Cas.Co. v. Launch Media, Inc., 220 Fed.Appx. 527, (9th Cir. (Cal) Jan 31, 2007)
  • Osijo v. Sevigny, 2006 WL 3616431, (Cal.App.5 Dist. Dec 12, 2006)
  • American Intern. Specialty Lines Ins. Co. v. Continental Cas. Ins. Co., 49 Cal.Rptr.3d 1, (Cal.App. 2 Dist. Aug 16 2006)
  • Vedatech, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 2005 WL 1513130(N.D.Cal. Jun 22, 2005)
  • Ross Stores, Inc. V. Gainey Transp. Services, Inc., 2005 WL 1514066, (N.D. Cal. Jun 14, 2005)
  • Osijo v. Home Ins. Co., 2004 WL1966027, (Cal.App. 5 Dist Sep 07, 2004)
  • Open Software Foundation, Inc. v. U.S. Fidelity and Guar. Co., 307 F.3d 11, (1st Cir. (Mass.) Oct 04, 2002)
  • S.E.A. Inc. v. Dunning-Lathrop & Assoc., Inc., 2000 WL 1863392, (Ohio App. 10 Dist. Dec 21, 2000)
  • Hoy v. Sears Roebuck & Co., 861 F.Supp. 881 (N.D.Cal. Mar 07, 1994)
  • Homestead Ins. Co. v. Ryness Co., 851.Supp. 1441, (N.D. Cal. Jul 02, 1992)
Community Involvement:


  • Library Board – City of San Rafael
  • Board of Directors, Volunteer Center of Contra Costa County, Chairman
  • Lincoln University Law School, Adjunct Law Professor
  • President of San Francisco Chptr. BYU Management Society
  • Danville Children’s Musical Theater, Grip