James Giacchetti is a trial lawyer who represents and advocates for clients in complex disputes. He works on contentious high stakes matters in state and federal court. Mr. Giacchetti possesses substantial experience in all phases of civil litigation, from prelawsuit investigation through jury verdict and post-trial proceedings. James regularly prepares and responds to lawsuits and dispositive motions, obtains pretrial discovery, and appears and argues in court. Mr. Giacchetti has been a member of various trial teams and served as lead trial counsel.

Among other matters, Mr. Giacchetti has successfully prosecuted and defended actions for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, reimbursement, and related claims. He has represented individuals, community groups, and large corporations. James utilizes his broad experience to artfully and efficiently obtain results that achieve client goals and serve their best interests.

Mr. Giacchetti graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law. While in law school, James clerked for Mary J. Greenwood, the Administrative Presiding Justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal, while a Judge for the Superior Court of California. He excelled in Moot Court competitions and was selected to serve as a member of the Honors Moot Court Board. Mr. Giacchetti received his undergraduate degree in Art History, Magna Cum Laude, from Santa Clara University.

Experience & Affiliations

Representative Matters

  • Member of trial team that prevailed in action against the County of Santa Clara.
  • Member of trial team that prevailed in action against the City of San Jose.
  • Lead trial counsel in action against prestigious San Francisco Bay Area university.
  • Member of defense team for Chinese businesses in breach of contract action.
  • Successfully moved to compel arbitration as counsel for business entity in fraud action.
  • Member of team that represented business entity in action against the United States.
  • Represented defendants in criminal actions brought by the State of California.
  • Represented defendant in counterfeiting action by international technology company.
  • Represented insurance companies in actions in various state and federal courts.


  • California
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California

Civic and Charitable

  • Board of Directors, Asian Law Alliance

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star”
  • Santa Clara University Moot Court and Honors Moot Court
  • Witkin Award