James R. Traut

Santa Ana, California
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James has been a top trial lawyer since 1978. Most of his cases are referred by other attorneys who know of his reputation. He has received numerous professional honors, including Trial Lawyer of the Year awards from the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and from the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association.


One of fewer than 100 California attorneys certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, James represents all the Traut Firm clients who have been harmed by the negligence of a lawyer — all legal malpractice cases. He also represents plaintiffs in serious personal injury cases involving vehicle accidents, bike accidents, workplace and construction site accidents, property owner negligence, and defective products. His record of success in these cases includes hundreds of six- and seven-figure settlements, arbitration awards and trial verdicts.


James received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University Law School and was admitted to the California Bar in 1978. He holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible. He is also a “Best Lawyer” by U.S. News & World Report.




Areas of Practice
  • Legal Malpractice (Lawyer Negligence)
    • Mistakes
    • Incompetence
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty


  • Serious Personal Injury and Wrongful Death due to:
    • Vehicle Accidents
    • Workplace Accidents
    • Dangerous Property Conditions


Litigation Percentage
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Certified Legal Specialties
  • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy


Bar Admissions
  • California, 1978
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A.


Honors and Awards
  • American Board of Trial Advocates “Trial Lawyer of the Year”
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association “Trial Lawyer of the Year”
  • Super Lawyers, 2003 – Present
  • AV Preeminent Rating, the highest possible rating of legal ability


Professional Associations and Memberships
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of California
  • Banyard Inns of Court
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of L.A.
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association





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