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Known as "Jim" to his friends, family and colleagues. Jim graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1981 and earned his law degree from UCLA in 1985. Jim was admitted to practice law in California in 1985 and has dedicated his law career to providing vigorous and ethical representation and making a difference for those whose civil and constitutional rights are violated by corporations or government entities. From 1987 to 1990, he was a staff attorney at Westside Legal Services, in Santa Monica, California where he was the lead trial lawyer representing lower income families and individuals who could not afford a lawyer. In 1990, he joined Ben Schonbrun to form Schonbrun & DeSimone. The firm represents plaintiffs in civil rights cases, with an emphasis on employment discrimination and harassment and constitutional rights violations, including government and police misconduct. Jim was lead counsel for the plaintiff in the precedent setting case of Mogilefsky v. Silver Pictures, 20 Cal App. 4th 409 (1993) which was the first published California decision to recognize that same sex harassment violated the California Fair Employment & Housing Act. Jim has conducted legal seminars on a variety of topics including Trial Tactics & Techniques. In 2007, Jim spoke at the California Employment Lawyers Association Annual Employment Law Conference on the topic of Winning Don't Come Easy, Tales from Trial Lawyers in the Trenches. In 2008, Jim was nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. In 2009 and 2010, he was honored as a California Super Lawyer by the Los Angeles Times Magazine and by the Daily Journal as one of the Top Ten Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in California.

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