James Parton III

Attorney James Parton III

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

James Parton III


Jim Parton has retired from all litigation and no longer accepts new clients. He continues to advise existing clients on employment-related issues.

Jim has been awarded the prestigious Super Lawyers® designation for 14 consecutive years and has been AV Preeminent® rated for over 30 years.

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 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 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 has retired from litigation practice but continues advising existing clients on compliance issues involving employee and HR issues. He applies his extensive knowledge of litigation to help those clients avoid expensive lawsuits and administrative hearings and to position themselves for a more effective defense should that be unavoidable. 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.

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

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
Board of Directors, West Point Inn Association
Board of Directors, Antenna Theater (1998-Present)
Board of Directors, Acoustic Vortex (2006-2013)
City of Mill Valley, Parks & Recreation Commission (1996-2002)