Jim McCallion was born in Trieste, Italy in 1951, where his father was stationed with the United States Army. After a number of years living on military bases, his father finally retired, settling the family in Anaheim, where Jim attended high school, graduating in 1969.
Things were very different then. The Vietnam War was raging, Nixon had just become president and Jim was starting college. Jim wanted nothing to do with the military. He attended Fullerton Junior College for acouple years before attending University of California at Santa Barbara, where he met his wife.
After graduating from UCSB, Jim decided to go to law school, and graduated from LaVerne College, School of Law, in 1978.
After passing the bar exam, Jim landed a job at a personal injury firm, where he worked for more than ten years. Jim inherited the firm upon the retirement of the firm’s principal.
Jim ultimately became the president of the local bar association, and judged LaVerne Law School’s moot court competition every year. He was trying personal injury cases on a regular basis, and achieving remarkable results. He met Nick Rowley in 1999 as a judge of a moot court competition where Nick was competing.
Jim is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Full Length Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming, where he again met Nick Rowley.
Jim has successfully tried a number of cases with Nick, and has handled a number of cases against Kaiser over the last 35 years, and has tried close to 100 trials, sever hundred arbitrations, and hundreds of other contested hearings under his belt. He thrives on digging into complicated cases and beating the defense at their own game.
Nick considers Jim one of his mentors and best friends.Although there are many cases Jim has had the opportunity to work on, there is one against the State of California that will always stand out. Nick and Jim, along with a couple of other attorneys, fought the State of California over a dangerous intersection leading up to Chaffee High School in Ontario. Although the financial result was huge, what Jim is most proud of is the change brought to the intersection. It is now a model intersection that is safe for everyone using it. Jim and Nick helped make it that way for the countless number of kids who will cross it for generations to come. Helping people is why Jim is a lawyer.