Mr. James V. Sansone Esq.

Mr. James V. Sansone Esq.

Sole Practitioner
Santa Rosa, California

Dedicated, Experienced, Compassionate

Founding attorney James V. Sansone provides caring and dedicated legal assistance to clients in Santa Rosa and throughout the North Bay. Prior to starting his own firm, Jim worked for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office, Redwood Credit Union, and a Sonoma County law firm.

Jim Sansone offers an affordable alternative to large firm practices which sometimes lack the flexibility to tailor billing arrangements to accommodate the needs of the average person. He believes in aggressive litigation but not in unnecessary work disguised as aggressive litigation. Jim’s work leads to results for his clients rather than resulting in simply spending his clients’ money. His enthusiasm for the law, compassion for his clients, and vigorous representation has helped his clients find effective solutions to difficult legal challenges.

Jim enjoys hiking and cycling with his wife and two young daughters. He works off stress at the gym and likes to relax with a good drama starring Al Pacino or Robert De Niro. As a father and a child of divorce, he understands that in a custody fight, there’s no winner and the loser is always the child. He advises clients that “you gotta love your kids more than you hate your ex.”

Jim was on the committee for the Santa Rosa Relay for Life and for several years has sponsored the Survivor Brunch for cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Jim Sansone: Committed to integrity, professionalism,
 and highly personalized legal representation.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Juvenile Dependency
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Complex Custody Cases

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2009


  • Empire College Law School, Santa Rosa, California
    • J.D. cum laude
    • Law Review: Empire Law Review, Editorial Board Member
  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
    • B.S. - 2001
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Granholm v. Heald: Are The Grapes Really Free?, Interstate Commerce Clause, United States Constitution, 1 Empire L. Rev. 25, 2006


  • The Legal Environment of Business, Santa Rosa Junior College, August 17, 2015 - Present
  • When Family Law & Bankruptcy Collide, LSI, 2016

Honors and Awards

  • California State Legislature Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Litigation and Law Practice Management Sections, Member
  • Sonoma County Bar Association, Bench Bar and Barrister Sections
  • National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • California DUI Lawyers Association, Member, March 1, 2009 - January 1, 2011
  • Mendocino County Court Approved Criminal Conflicts Panel, Member
  • Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event Committee, Member, 2005 - 2008
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Northern California Law Firm, Associate Attorney , December 26, 2006 - February 9, 2009
  • Redwood Credit Union , Internal Auditor , December 14, 1999 - December 26, 2006
  • Santa Rosa Junior College, Adjunct Faculty Instructor, January 1, 2015 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Santa Rosa Relay for Life, Member


  • English (Primary)
  • Spanish