About Us

Tough. Relentless. Dedicated. Advocates.

Jim Godes and Joe Preis are veteran civil trial attorneys, with over 45 years of legal experience between them. Much of this time was spent at mid-to-large regional and national law firms, including some of the largest firms in the country. We are now able to provide the best of both worlds: big firm talent and experience and a more flexible and entrepreneurial platform.

We have offices in Orange (Irvine) and San Diego (Del Mar) Counties, which are strategically located to enable us to efficiently handle work throughout Southern California, and throughout the West Coast of the United States. Our firm concentrates in the areas of "business divorce" counseling and litigation (encompassing the range of issues that arise when people or groups decide not to work together anymore, including employment counseling and litigation, executive compensation advice and negotiations, competition and non-compete provisions, trade secrets, shareholder and partner rights, unfair and unlawful business practice litigation and corporate and partnership dissolutions), other general business litigation, white collar criminal defense, commercial transactions and law of armed conflict issues. We regularly represent clients in a variety of industries, including health care, technology, aviation, transportation, finance, and sports, among others.

Our business philosophy is simple: we strive to provide great results, efficiency and top-notch customer service so that we can build rewarding, long-term relationships with our clients, not just a one-time representation. We utilize a "legal concierge" business model, and want to be the first call that you make when you have a legal problem. You can always count on us to focus on getting your problem solved as quickly as possible, even if it means referring you to other attorneys better suited for a particular matter – helping you to achieve your goal is our goal. We work collaboratively with our clients so that we learn their business and business philosophies, and become an integral part of their team. This philosophy, along with our efficiency, experience and relentless pursuit and protection of our clients’ best interests, sets us apart from our peers.

Tough. Relentless. Dedicated. Advocates. Attorneys that you want on your side.

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    Orange County Office
    300 Spectrum Center Drive
    Suite 1420
    Irvine, California 92618
    Main 949.468.0051
    Fax 949.872.2281
    [email protected]

    San Diego Office
    12220 El Camino Real,
    Suite 300
    San Diego, California 92130
    Main 858.350.4913
    Fax 858.755.3387
    [email protected]