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James D. Hepworth

James D. Hepworth has been a member of Nemecek & Cole since May 2014.

Prior to joining Nemecek & Cole, Jim was a partner at the Los Angeles firm of Baker, Keener & Nahra, LLP. Since 1994, Jim has focused on representing attorneys, architects and other professionals in actions involving malpractice, malicious prosecution, partnership disputes, and other litigation. He also has extensive experience in products liability and construction defect litigation and has handled over 40 appellate matters.

Certified Specialist, Legal Malpractice Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization


Practice Areas

  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Appellate Law


J.D., University of Utah College of Law, 1987
B.S., Chemistry, magna cum laude, University of Utah, 1984

Professional Activities

Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, J. Reuben Clark Law Society.


California State Bar
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court - Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California

Personal Background

Jim is married with four children. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking and other outdoor activities.

Published Decisions

  • Nielsen v. Beck (2008) 157 Cal.App.4th 1041
  • Cenlin Taiwan Ltd v. Centon Ltd (9th Cir. 1993) 5 F.3d 354