James J. Yukevich

Partner

Los Angeles

Tel: (213) 362-7777 Ext. 212
Tel: (213) 362-7777 Ext. 212
Fax: (213) 362-7788
Email: jyukevich@yukelaw.com
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With over 30 years of courtroom experience as a trial lawyer in jurisdictions across the United States, Mr. Yukevich has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator who understands how cases are settled. With every client, he leverages his extensive experience to customize legal strategies that are unique to each situation and matter, employing tactics that result in fair resolutions.

Recognized among the Top 20 Defense Verdicts each year from 2009-2015 and 2017, Mr. Yukevich is a frequent speaker on issues involving Civil Litigation , Trial Practice, Mass Tort, and Products Liability.  

Mr. Yukevich is known for his ability to cross-examine opposing expert witnesses in a way that constructs complex factual, scientific, and legal issues into unambiguous and straightforward narratives for both judges and jurors.

In contested liability cases, Mr. Yukevich has earned a win rate exceeding 90% and has acted as regional and national coordinating counsel for Fortune 500 companies, garnering attention in the courtroom and the boardroom. Acting as an expert witness in matters relating to the appropriateness of settlement and the analysis of attorneys ethics and conduct, he has served as a mediator in disputed products liability matters. 

Mr. Yukevich is recognized among the legal community as one of the most trusted and successful trial attorneys in the United States. A graduate of Boston College Law School, he began is career as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York, where he served 4 years with the Homicide and Major Offense bureaus. In 1993, he relocated to California to work as General Counsel to Honda North America where he was head  of the law department, responsible for the resolution and trial of major cases  across the country. 
 

  • Boston College Law School, Juris Doctor
  • Boston College, Bachelor of Arts
  • California
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • USDC - Central District of California
  • USDC - Eastern District of California
  • USDC - Northern District of California
  • USDC - Southern District of California
  • USDC - Northern District of New Yok
  • USDC - Northern District of Illinois
  • USDC - District of Arizona
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Association of Automotive Medicine
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Federation of Corporate and Defense Counsel
  • Southern California Defense Counsel
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Who's Who Legal California
  • Who's Who Legal, Business Lawyers
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Product Liability Advisory Counsel
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • International Who's Who of Product Liability Lawyers
  • DRI

 

  • Los Angeles Business Journal: Top Litigators & Trial Attorneys in Los Angeles
  • Daily Journal Top Defense Verdicts
    • 2017 · 2015 · 2014 · 2013 · 2012 · 2010 · 2009 
  • Super Lawyer®
    • 2020 · 2019 · 2018 · 2017 · 2016 · 2015 · 2014 · 2013 · 2012 · 2011 · 2010 · 2009 · 2008 · 2007 · 2006 · 2005 · 2004
  • Best Lawyers© 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Los Angeles 

 

 

  • Camacho v. R.D. Olson Construction, Inc.Read Details
    Orange County Superior Court, Orange County, CA – Aug 29, 2019
  • Lainez v. STAT Services, Inc.Read Details
    Orange County Superior Court, Orange County, CA – Aug 20, 2019
  • Aslan v. Ferrari North America, Inc.Read Details
    United States District Court, Los Angeles, CA – April 24, 2019
  • Johnson v. Systems XT, Inc.Read Details
    California Court of Appeal, Second District, Los Angeles, CA – March 27, 2019
  • Herbert v. Takata CorporationRead Details
    San Bernardino Superior Court, San Bernardino, CA – March 16, 2017
  • Khosh, Al v. Staples Construction CompanyRead Details
    California Court of Appeal, Second District, Los Angeles, CA – October 27, 2016
  • Jensen v. BNSFJensen v. BNSF
    United States District Courthouse, San Francisco, CA – November 6, 2015
  • Marquez v. Chevron U.S.A, Inc. et. al.Read Details
    Santa Monica Superior Court, Santa Monica, CA – October 6, 2014
  • Osborne v. Todd Farm Service, et al.Read Details
    Ventura Superior Court, Ventura, CA – July 30, 2014
  • Acuna v. Riddell, Inc.Read Details
    Stanley Mosk Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA – March 20, 2014
  • Sohn v. Easton-Bell Sports, Inc.Read Details
    Van Nuys Superior Court, Van Nuys, CA – August 15, 2013
  • Pillars v. BNSF Railway Co.Read Details
    Norwalk Superior Court, Norwalk, CA – May 9, 2013
  • Petitpas v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Stanley Mosk Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA – August, 2012
  • Padilla v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
    United States District Court, Los Angeles, CA – 2012
  • Steiner v. Ford Motor Company et. al.Read Details
    Santa Barbara Superior Court, Santa Barbara, CA – October 3, 2011
  • Charles v. Mountain View Mobile Home EstatesRead Details
    San Bernardino Superior Court, San Bernardino, CA – 2011
  • Rodriguez v. General Dynamics Armanent and Technical Products, Inc.
    United States District Court, Honolulu, HI – November 30, 2010
  • Eubanks v. KBC America Inc.Read Details
    Stanley Mosk Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA – November 23, 2010
  • Bostani v. Whitehall St. et. al.
    San Diego Superior Court North Division, Vista, CA – August 20, 2010
  • Houck v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co.
    Alameda Superior Court, Alameda, CA – June 1, 2010
  • Zhao v. Cox Enterprises, Inc.
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2010
  • Harsha v. ServiceMaster Co. et. al.
    San Bernardino Superior Court, San Bernardino, CA – February 1, 2010
  • Novak v. Pizza Hut, Inc.
    San Diego Superior Court, San Diego, CA – January 4, 2010
  • Goebel v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Stanley Mosk Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA – November 23, 2009
  • Deal v. Michelin North America, Inc.Read Details
    United States District Court, Las Vegas, NV – April 21, 2009
  • Jones v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.Read Details
    Central Civil West Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA – March 13, 2009
  • Keddington v. Michelin North America, Inc.
    March 3, 2008
  • Gaudry v. Honda Motor Co., Ltd.Read Details
    Burbank Superior Court, Burbank, CA – December 24, 2007
  • Arroyo v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Miami-Dade County Court, Miami, FL – October 2, 2007
  • Baez v. L&L Machinery IncRead Details
    Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – February 11, 2007
  • Delloro v. Michelin North America, Inc.Read Details
    Los Angeles, California – August 18, 2006
  • Wheeler v. The Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad Company
    Orange County Central Justice Center, Santa Ana, CA – 2006
  • Hidaka/Hartman v. Michelin North America, Inc.
    Verdicts & Decisions – 2006
  • Cabrera v. Isuzu Motors, Ltd.Read Details
    Central Civil West Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA – October 1, 2005
  • Parks v. Michelin North America et. al.Read Details
    Riverside Superior Court, Riverside, CA – March 14, 2005
  • Tepei v. Michelin North AmericaRead Details
    Lewis County Court, Chehalis, WA – April 23, 2004
  • Knottā€™s Berry Farm v. Togo International
    Orange County Central Justice Center, Santa Ana, CA – October 29, 2003
  • Watts v. Ford Motor CompanyRead Details
    Sacramento County Superior Court, Sacramento, CA – October 1, 2003
  • Reyes v. Hyundai Motor CompanyRead Details
    Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana, CA – October 1, 2001
  • Carver v. Michelin North AmericaRead Details
    San Diego Superior Court, San Diego, CA – September 4, 2001
  • Jenkins v. Hyundai Motor CompanyRead Details
    Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – October 1, 1997
  • Park v. Mazda Motor CorporationRead Details
    Riverside Superior Court, Riverside, CA – October 1, 1995
  • Moore v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.Read Details
    San Francisco Superior Court, San Francisco, CA – October 1, 1993
  • Vandenburg v. Honda Research & Development Co.
    Atlantic County Superior Court, Atlantic City, NJ – November 21, 1990