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Defective Pharmaceutical Drugs and Medical Device Lawyer

James Capretz Lawyer

James T. Capretz

Accident & Injury, Lawsuit & Dispute, Health Care, Consumer Rights, Elder Law, Defective Pharmaceutical Drugs and Medical Devices

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Mr. Capretz is the principal in the law firm of CAPRETZ & ASSOCIATES. He received a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in 1961 and his LLB in 1963 from Loyola University where he was co-editor of the Law Review. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts in California, Louisiana and Western Pennsylvania along with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Orange County Superior Court and as Special Master for the State Bar of California. He was the founder and chairman of Western Interstate Bankcorp, a non-bank California financial institution holding company until it was sold in 1997. Member Questionnaire

Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
We learned of a questionable cell phone tax in 2011 in the City of Chula Vista, CA and successfully filed and concluded a California state court class action in 2013 reducing the tax and refunding certain cell phone tax moneys paid by the citizens of the city.

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A lawyer competent in the fields in which he practices who is passionate about seeing justice done.

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The ability to meet and work with the client personally and perhaps know any local court personnel involved and local defense counsel.

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Experience, reputation, achievements and dedicated client advocacy.

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Client success.

Position Organization Location Duration
Attorney Capretz & Associates N/A Present
School Degree Major Graduation
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law LLB Law School 1963
Loyola University BBA Business Administration 1961
State / Court Date
California 1969
  • Mr. Capretz currently serves as co-lead counsel in the multidistrict litigation known as In Re: St. Jude Medical, Inc., Silzone Heart Valves Products Liability Litigation MDL #1396 and acts as Plaintiffs' State Liaison Counsel in the Federal Court MDL-1355 In Re Propulsid Products Liability Litigation matter as well as Special Counsel to the class in the matter known as Arthur Ray Bowling, et al. v. Pfizer, Inc., et al., Case No. C-1-91-256. He has been a speaker or lecturer for private educational firms and the American Trial Lawyers Association on class related topics. He is a public mediator for the National Association of Security Dealers. He holds a certificate of completion from the Harvard Law School Mediation Workshop for Lawyers. He was the founder of ProMediate, an alternative dispute resolution service, started in 1992 to resolve complex civil litigation matters.
  • Mr. Capretz was the only attorney in private practice named in the initial publication of the top 50 most influential business people in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal.
  • Mr. Capretz has thirty (30) years experience in consumer, business, securities and complex mass tort litigation including class actions. He has been involved in the Shiley/Pfizer heart valve litigation since 1985 and has resolved hundreds of individual claims along with being involved in the final negotiations and completion of the model global settlement in 1992. A partial list of the class actions or complex litigation cases in which the law firm is involved include the following:

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(1969) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association. January 06, 2014

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