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James B. Chanin

Attorney at Law Office of James B. Chanin
Berkeley, California
James Chapin is an Attorney and Owner of the Law Office of James B. Chanin and handles police-related litigation for more than 34 years. He litigates police misconduct and police related class action lawsuits throughout Northern California. He represents police officers in labor matters, race and sex discrimination cases. He frequently litigates wrongful death cases involving police officer shooting. James helped write the Police Review Commission Ordinance in Berkeley and served on the commission for more than five years, and was twice elected chairman of the commission. He is a member of the California Bar and is admitted to practice in a number of federal courts.

About Me

What is the focus of your practice?
I am a nationally prominent attorney who specializes in Civil Rights, Police Misconduct, Personal Injury and Business Litigation.
What do you enjoy about the work you do?
I became an attorney because I wanted to help people. I am not satisfied until I know that I have done everything possible to help my clients attain the result they deserve. I have pursued individual cases for up to ten years and have never quit trying to get justice for my clients.


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Association Position
California Bar Association Member


School Degree Graduation Year
University of California, Berkeley M.A. 1971
University of California, San Francisco J.D. 1977
University of California, Berkeley B.A. 1969

Contact Information

Law Office of James B. Chanin

3050 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705