James Giacchetti

James Giacchetti


James provides vigorous advocacy for clients facing trial on difficult legal issues.  He represents clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, administrative law, and criminal defense.

James represents individuals, business entities and community groups in state and federal courts.  Among other matters, James has represented the Vietnamese American Community of Northern California (“VACNORCAL”), the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Santa Clara County (“DSASCC”), a business entity in federal claims court, and a juvenile in Title IX proceedings.  He also has represented criminal defendants at pretrial suppression hearings for the Santa Clara County Public Defender.

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

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  • Credentials


    • State Bar of California
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)


    • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2015
    • B.A., Magna cum Laude, Santa Clara University, 2011
  • Experience
    • Assisted in trial and post-trial work as part of case team in Ralph M. Brown Act case titled VACNORCAL v. City of San Jose.
    • Reached favorable global settlement in six (6) months for client previously involved in over two (2) years of litigation.
    • Achieved positive settlements for clients, preparing pleadings, arguing motions, conducting depositions.
    • Prevailed on dispositive motions, obtained multiple discovery orders, and assisted in trial and post-trial work. 
  • Awards & Honors
    • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, (2017, 2018, 2019)
    • Member of award winning team “The Best in Family Law”, The Recorder, (2015-2017)
    • Served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Mary J. Greenwood of the Santa Clara County Superior Court
    • 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
    • American Bar Association member
    • Asian Law Alliance board member
    • American Inns of Court, the Honorable William A. Ingram Inn member
    • Deerfield Academy Bay Area Alumni Committee member
    • San Jose Museum of Art Young Professionals member
    • Santa Clara University School of Law Honors Moot Court judge