James L. Payne

James L. Payne, Founding Partner
James L. Payne, Founding Partner

James L. Payne

Founding Partner

Payne & Fears LLP

James L. Payne

Jamboree Center
4 Park Plaza, Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614
T: 949.797.1212
F: 949.851.1212
Email: jlp [at] paynefears.com

Attorney Tabs

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions
  • State of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Memberships and Activities
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Pro bono Arbitrator, Orange County Bar Association’s Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program
  • Founding Member, Orange County Bar Foundation, Society of Fellows
  • Partner, Southern California Special Olympics
  • Founding Donor, University of California, Irvine, School of Law
  • Supporting Member, Disabled Sports USA, The Achievers
Professional Awards and Recognitions
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Employment Law- Management, Labor Law- Management and Litigation- Labor and Employment, 2008-2023
  • Southern California Super Lawyers list by Los Angeles magazine, 2004-2022
  • Top 50 Super Lawyers in Orange County list, 2004-2007
  • J.D., cum laude, Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles, 1982
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1975