James Giacchetti

James Giacchetti


James Giacchetti provides vigorous advocacy for clients facing trial on difficult legal issues.  His practice involves a wide range of legal areas, including family law, civil rights, administrative law, and criminal defense.

James prepares and argues motions in matters involving discovery, breach of fiduciary duty, spousal support, and admissibility of evidence.  James drafts and prosecutes requests for government records pursuant to the California Public Records Act.  He also has experience with suppression motions, writ petitions, and collection actions.         

James served previously as a judicial extern for the Honorable Mary J. Greenwood of the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  He also represented criminal defendants at pretrial and suppression hearings for the Santa Clara County Public Defender. With extensive experience in the arts before law school, James remains actively involved in the arts communities.

“The mediator between the head and the hands must be the heart.”  Fritz Lang

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  • Credentials


    • State Bar of California


    • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2015
    • B.A., Magna cum Laude, Santa Clara University, 2011
  • Experience
    • Reached favorable global settlement in six (6) months for client previously involved in over two (2) years of Family Law litigation;
    • Prepared motions as part of trial team in Ralph M. Brown Act case titled VACNORCAL v. City of San Jose.
  • Awards & Honors
    • Northern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2017
    • Member of award winning team “The Best in Family Law”, The Recorder, (2015-2017)
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award
    • Semi-finalist in Galloway Moot Court competition
    • Quarter-finalist in Honors Moot Court competition
  • Articles & Blogs
  • Professional & Community Contributions

    James serves on the Deerfield Academy Bay Area Alumni Committee.  In addition, he lectures and volunteers as a judge in the Honors Moot Court Competition at Santa Clara University Law School.