James Parton III

Attorney James Parton III

Telephone: 415-258-9700 ext 203
Email: jparton@partonsell.com

James Parton III


Attorney James Parton has been awarded the prestigious Super Lawyers® designation for 13 consecutive years and has been AV Preeminent® rated for over 30 years. He believes the key to helping every client is figuring out what a “successful” outcome for their problem or litigation will be, given the realities of the facts and the law. More than their attorney, he becomes his client’s confidant, supporter and coach.

Jim has 40 years of experience in trial and appellate litigation, specializing in employment law, products liability, real property law and consumer rights litigation. As an employment law attorney, he has successfully defended businesses of all sizes, as well as individual managers, against all kinds of employment claims. His experience includes defending management in federal and state court lawsuits involving claims of race, sex, age, sexual-orientation, national origin and disability discrimination; sexual, harassment; wrongful termination; retaliation; workplace violence; invasion of privacy; wage & hour violations; unfair business practices; and trade secrets violations. He has defended individual claims, multiple plaintiff sexual harassment claims and wage and hour class actions involving classification, meal and rest periods and other pay-related issues.

Jim’s experience also includes representing his clients in a variety of administrative proceedings, including Labor Code §132a retaliation claims before the Workers Compensation Appeal Board, proceedings before the California Labor Commissioner, and investigations by, and administrative proceedings before, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Department of Labor. Additionally, Jim’s skill, experience and credibility developed through hundreds of mediations helps his clients resolve difficult cases for a fraction of their risk.

As general counsel to numerous businesses, Jim helps his clients avoid expensive lawsuits and administrative claims. His experience includes: preparation of employment contracts and severance agreements; supervising and directing investigation of claims regarding sexual, racial, disability and other harassment and discrimination; advising management regarding compliance with federal, state and local affirmative action requirements; directing the interactive process response to claims of disability and requests for reasonable accommodation; and guiding management through tricky employee discipline and termination issues.

In addition to his broad experience as an employment law attorney, Jim has devoted his career to the defense of product liability and catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He has applied this deep legal experience defending Honda in complex motor vehicle product liability and warranty litigation for over 30 years. He has represented a wide range of manufacturers involving vehicular, recreational, consumer and home products.

Jim has also defended clients in many other types of civil litigation including:

  • Real Property Law (disability access rights (ADA Title III); landlord-tenant; housing discrimination; quiet title & adverse possession; lot line & other neighbor disputes; and premises liability)
  • Consumer Rights (consumer warranty; Fair Credit Reporting Act; privacy rights; unfair business practices; Consumer Legal Remedies Act)

Jim is married to Maureen Brown Parton, who is also an attorney. They have a daughter, Jane, and a son, Nate. Jim also has two adopted sons from his first marriage, Phillip and Christopher. Jim devotes his free time to organic gardening, nature photography and hiking.

Every morning you’ll find Jim and Maureen walking up and down the Mill Valley Dipsea Stairs (all 688 steps!). This keeps them both young and in shape for their annual hikes in the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges. Jim also takes advantage of the bounty of small live music venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. His taste is eclectic and includes jazz (sparked by Nate’s experience playing jazz guitar with the Berkeley Jazz School Studio Band), blue grass, West African and world music and good old rock ‘n’ roll.

United States District Court – Northern & Eastern Districts of California
United States Supreme Court.

Defense Research Institute:

Serves on Steering Committee of the Employment and Labor Law Committee;
Chair of the 2008 Annual Meeting & Seminar of the Employment and Labor Law Committee;
2014 DRI Annual Meeting Chair for the Employment and Labor Law Committee;
Member of DRI Product Liability, Commercial Law, and Law Practice Management Committees;

State Bar of California: Labor and Employment Section;
Marin County Bar Association

University of Pennsylvania, B.A. History and Literature, 1973.
J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1977, Member of the McAuliffe Honor Society.

Reported Appellate Decisions
Ortiz v. Lyon Management Group, Inc. (2007) 157 Cal.App.4th 604
Aquino v. Asiana Airlines, Inc. (2003) 105 Cal.App.4th 1272
Perez v. Hastings College (1996) 45 Cal.App.4th 453
Steele v. Totah (1986) 180 Cal.App.3d 545
Brooks v. American Broadcasting Co. (1986) 179 Cal.App.3d 500
Lohman v. Superior Court (Weissich) (1978) 81 Cal.App.3d 90

Community Involvement
Serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the Marin Superior Court.
Board of Directors, Antenna Theater (1998-Present)
Board of Directors, Acoustic Vortex (2006-2013)
City of Mill Valley, Parks & Recreation Commission (1996-2002)