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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In his 30 years of legal experience starting in the Bronx, New York District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted violent felons and murderers to Partner in a major New York Firm, to Acting General Counsel in a major international corporation, to starting his own law firm in Los Angeles, California in 1995, Jim Yukevich has done it all. 

With over 100 jury trials in venues across the United States, many lasting over 2 months, Mr. Yukevich has earned a reputation in the legal community as an honest, trustworthy, and tenacious litigator and trial lawyer. He is known for his keen ability to cross-examine opposing expert witnesses, and construct complex factual, scientific, and legal issues into unambiguous and straightforward narratives for both judges and jurors. 

Mr. Yukevich fears no judge, opposing counsel, courtroom, or complicated case. A skilled negotiator, he delivers optimal results for his clients in mediations and settlement discussions. If attempts at resolution fail, he has repeatedly tried and won the most difficult and challenging cases. 

In contested liability cases, Mr. Yukevich has achieved an impressive win rate, exceeding 90%, and has acted as regional and national coordinating counsel for Fortune 500 companies. His courtroom successes have been recognized among the Top 20 Defense Verdicts each year from 2009-2015, and 2017-2019. 

Over 25 years ago, Mr. Yukevich founded his Firm with the clear goal of providing each client a special level of service and outstanding results in civil litigation defense—this simple commitment to highly personalized expertise remains at the core of Yukevich | Cavanaugh today.

  • 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 York
  • USDC - Northern District of Illinois
  • USDC - District of Arizona
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • 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
  • International Who's Who of Product Liability Lawyers
  • DRI

  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Los Angeles Business Journal: 2021 Leaders of Influence: Litigators and Trial Lawyers
  • Los Angeles Business Journal: Top Litigators & Trial Attorneys in Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Business Journal: 2020 Leaders of Influence: Litigators and Trial Lawyers
  • Daily Journal Top Defense Verdicts
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  • Super Lawyer®
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  • Best Lawyers© 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Los Angeles 
  • Best Lawyers in America®
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