James Rumm is a founding partner of Kennedy McCarthy & Rumm, LLP.  James has spent most of his twenty-year legal career defending litigation on behalf of employers.

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James has experience defending employers in state and federal courts, arbitration, and before state and federal administrative agencies. He regularly defends class action wage and hour lawsuits, Private Attorney Generals Act (“PAGA”) claims, and other complex employment litigation matters. James serves as the lead Partner for all employment litigation handled by Kennedy McCarthy & Rumm, LLP. 

James has an excellent record of minimizing, and even defeating both class action and PAGA claims on behalf of his clients. He has obtained dismissals through a wide range of strategies, including defeating motions for class certification, dismissals via both motions for summary judgment and demurrer, and he has regularly obtained orders striking class action allegations. He knows that each case presents unique facts and circumstances, and recognizes that knowing the client, their business, their employment operations, and their case is essential to obtaining the most favorable result in the quickest manner possible.  

James’s practice includes the defense of wrongful termination claims, employment discrimination, harassment based on protected classes, including sexual harassment, retaliation, trade secrets misappropriation, whistleblower claims, and single plaintiff wage and hour claims.  

James prides himself on his ability to build a relationship of trust between himself and his clients, to offer strategic detailed and honest guidance to each client. He aims to help his clients obtain the most favorable result in their litigation matter, while also providing the employer with guidance to minimize the chance of subsequent claims.  

James has been a speaker and instructor, providing leadership and advice to both trade organizations and to other employment attorneys on legal developments and best practices in employment litigation.  James enjoys sharing his many years of experience in employment litigation and mentoring other attorneys seeking to practice employment litigation.