James Procter Honored as Ventura’s Trial Lawyer of the Year
VENTURA, Calif., June 11, 2009 – James (Jim) Procter was awarded the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association (VCTLA). The prestigious award, recognizing civil trial achievement coupled with a commitment to a high ethical standard, is given annually to a member of VCTLA. Procter is the first litigator to receive the award for work done from the defense chair, traditionally an honor reserved for plaintiff members. Fellow nominees included Matthew Haffner, Jim McDermott, Jon Light, Alan Templeman and Dean Hazard.
Jim Procter said “I consider it an honor to practice law, and now to be recognized among my peers is particularly gratifying.”
A native of Ventura County, Procter has been practicing law in the County for over 25 years, with a litigation track record that is hard to match. He has tried dozens of lawsuits to verdict in state and federal court. In 2008 alone, Procter tried three cases to verdict, representing the defendant in each. In one case, Procter’s client received a defense verdict after a $125,000 offer was rejected. In another, the verdict was nearly two-thirds below the final demand and, in the third case, his client received a defense verdict after a statutory offer was rejected.
His case success is paired with his stellar reputation based on an unwavering integrity and professionalism. Procter’s litigation style is often described as straight-forward, reality-based and never condescending – he is known to treat jurors with respect and as intelligent people.
Procter graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. After graduation, he attended the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree. He also has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration.
Procter is a member of the Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and California State Bar Associations, as well as the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, The American Board of Trial Advocates, the Defense Research Institute and the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Advance Trial Advocacy Skills Program. Procter has also served as an arbitrator and mediator for the Ventura County Superior Court. When he is not in the defense chair, Procter resides in Santa Paula with his wife and two young children, mediating toddler toys and play dates.