James V. Sansone
Meet our Attorney
Family Law | Litigation | Wills and Estates
James V. “Jim” Sansone is a distinguished litigation and trial attorney at Cowlitz Law Group PLLC, renowned for his expertise in family law and his formidable courtroom presence since 2006. With a notable Martindale-Hubbell rating and a legacy of impactful teaching as an adjunct professor, Jim is celebrated for his strategic legal acumen and his unwavering dedication to justice, earning the moniker “bulldog” for his tenacious advocacy.
James V. “Jim” Sansone is a distinguished attorney at Cowlitz Law Group PLLC, renowned for his expertise in litigation and trial law since beginning his career. He has earned an impressive Martindale-Hubbell rating of 4.7 out of 5, a testament to his years of dedicated service and the trust he has built. Jim specializes in family law, adeptly handling complex cases such as high-asset divorces and intricate interstate and international custody disputes. His approach in the courtroom is characterized by both compassion and vigor, always keeping the best interests of his clients and their families at the forefront.
Beyond his courtroom work, Jim is an adjunct professor at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he teaches Business Law and Introduction to Law for Paralegals. His teaching methodology is enriched by his extensive real-world legal experiences. Before joining Cowlitz Law Group PLLC, Jim founded and led a general civil litigation firm, where he honed his distinctive style marked by clear communication and decisive litigation. His courtroom efficiency reflects his commitment to integrity.
Jim’s legal skills extend to diverse areas such as bankruptcy adversary litigation, real estate disputes, and wrongful foreclosure. He is often commended by clients for his superior legal knowledge and tenacity, earning the nickname of a “bulldog” in the legal realm. Licensed to practice in both California and Washington, including in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Jim’s legal influence is widespread.
His additional roles in the legal community further underscore his commitment and expertise. Jim is a panel member of the Sonoma County Mandatory Settlement Conference Program and has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Sonoma County Superior Court. He is a member of the California State Bar, the Washington State Bar, the Sonoma County Bar Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Sonoma County Alliance. Additionally, he has served on the board of the Sonoma County Community Action Partnership and has been recognized as a California Lawyer of Distinction in Litigation and in Family and Divorce Law.
Jim Sansone’s career is a reflection of his unwavering commitment to justice, serving not only as a legal ally to his clients but also as a mentor to the next generation of lawyers. His experience as a former pro-tem judge in Sonoma County further enhances his impressive legal credentials.
- Empire College School of Law Santa Rosa, CA
– Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 2002 to 2006.
- University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
– Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics, 1999 to 2001,
Bar And Court Admissions
- Admitted to the California State Bar (2006).
- Admitted to the Washington State Bar (2021).
- Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
- Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
- Panel Member, Sonoma County Mandatory Settlement Conference Program.
- Judge Pro Tem, Sonoma County Superior Court.
- Member, California State Bar (2006-Present).
- Member, Washington State Bar (2021-Present).
- Member, Sonoma County Bar Association (2006-2023).
- Member, San Francisco Bar Association (2023-Present).
- Member, Sonoma County Alliance (2019-2022).
- Board Member, Sonoma County Community Action Partnership (2020-2023).
- Recognized as a California Lawyer of Distinction in Litigation (2016).
- Recognized as a California Lawyer of Distinction © in Family and Divorce Law (2017-2019).
- Family Law.
- Wills and Estates.