Tyson Arbuthnot
David E. Aron
Gayle M. Athanacio
Stephen L. Bacon
Merri A. Baldwin
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Alecia E. Cotton
Joshua M. Deitz
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
E. Jacob Lubarsky
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Brian D. Miller
Alexis J. Morris
Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Dean D. Paik
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
Aaron P. Silberman
Katherine M. Svinarich
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Paul M. Zieff

James Robert Maxwell
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Maxwell is a member of the firm's Trade Regulation, Complex Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law Practice Groups. His practice areas include unfair trade, Proposition 65, white collar crime, government contracts and medical device related litigation. He practices in state and federal court and has handled mediations, arbitrations and representations before various administrative tribunals. He also provides regulatory advice to clients in all these areas.

Professional Qualifications

With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Maxwell specializes in complex civil and criminal litigation and in providing regulatory advice. His litigation and counseling practice focuses mainly on unfair trade practices, Proposition 65 and medical device related litigation. Mr. Maxwell is widely recognized for representing national and regional retailers and distributors in antitrust, unfair business practices, Proposition 65, and other consumer protection litigation in state and federal court. He has extensive experience responding to prosecutions for unfair trade practices brought by the State Attorney General's office, local District Attorneys, and the private plaintiff's bar.

Mr. Maxwell also has considerable white collar crime experience handling internal investigations for FDA-regulated medical device and pharmaceutical companies, and in ensuing civil litigation. His government contracts experience includes representing large and small contractors in disputes with the federal government and in federal, state and locally funded public works and public transit projects.

As part of his practice, Mr. Maxwell advises clients on regulatory compliance issues. He has significant experience advising clients on internet sales, and issues affecting sales of regulated products including alcohol and tobacco. He is an active member of the State Bar's Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section.


J.D., University of Michigan Law School

B.A., Texas Christian University
Cum Laude

Institute of European Studies, Paris, France

Bar Admissions

Complex Commercial Litigation
Environmental Law
Retail Industry Trade Regulation

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

Responding To A
Proposition 65 60-Day Notice

(PDF) March 2010

Federal and California Regulation of Lead and Phthalates in Children’s Products
The Bar Association of San Francisco, Winter 2009


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Phone: 415.956.2828
Fax: 415.956.6457
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