James J. Braze


Borton Petrini, LLP
Bakersfield, California, USA

Law Firm - Regional

Professional Summary

Jim Braze is a Partner in the Bakersfield office of Borton Petrini, LLP. Jim is AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has tried over thirty significant jury trials to verdict representing some of the largest Fortune 500 companies.
Jim received his bachelor and master degrees in engineering from the University of Southern California and University of Alaska in 1968 and 1971, respectively. He became a licensed professional engineer in mechanical engineering in California in 1973 and spent ten years employed as an engineer for two of the world’s largest oil companies. While employed as an engineer with Exxon, he was a member of the Frontier Area Task Force, which was charged with analyzing and evaluating the development potential of yet to be discovered oil fields in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, North Slope and the Santa Barbara Channel.
In 1977, he received his law degree from Loyola Law School, was admitted to practice law in California, and joined Borton Petrini, LLP in Bakersfield focusing on business litigation and product liability matters, including condemnation and public entity.
In 1980, Jim was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and prosecuted patent applications. He also handles litigation relating to patent infringement and trademark violations.
Jim obtained his masters of law degree in taxation from the Golden Gate University School of Law in 1997 where he focused on business taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and tax controversy litigation. He is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and handles tax controversy matters and IRS audits and disputes.
Jim is one of less than twenty attorneys in California to try an elder abuse case to verdict. He has defended health care providers including doctors, nurses, skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities against claims of malpractice and elder abuse.
Other areas of his practice have included the litigation and trial of insurance coverage and bad faith disputes, and construction-related litigation. He has tried over ten insurance "bad faith" cases to jury verdict involving first-party claims, and has represented crane and rigging companies in several major personal injury and wrongful death actions.

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Borton Petrini, LLP
Bakersfield, California, USA 93313
Law Firm - Regional
2008 - Present
Litigation and Trial Attorney. Responsible for responding to audits, demands, and final determinations of taxes due. Preparating and respondiing to tax appeals. Preparing, filing and prosecuting actions in the United States Tax Court and refund actions in the United State District Court. Review and analysis of tax returns for corporations, partnership and individuas. Represent clients before Federal and State tax authorities, drafting replies to auditors queries and negotiating settlements. Defending criminal actions in state and federal court involving "white collar" crimes such as tax evasion. securities fraud, money laundering, wire fraud and mail fraud. Role requires strong analytical and research skills, including effective written and verbal communication skills.


LLM, Taxation 1998
Golden Gate University School of Law
San Francisco, California, United States
JD, Business Law 1977
Loyola Law School Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, United States
MS, Engineering Management 1971
University of Alaska Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
BS, Mechanical Engineering 1968
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California, United States
Honors at Entry
Graduation Cum Laude
Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society
Pi Tau Sigma -International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
Lockheed Leadership Fund Fellowship Recipient 1964-1968
School of Engineering Student Body President 1967
Sigma Phi Delta - International Social Fraternity of Engineers

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court of Northern California
  • U.S. District Court of Southern California
  • U.S. District Court of Eastern California
  • U.S. District Court of Central California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • California Supreme Court and all courts of the State of California

Associations and Societies

  • Kern County Taxpayers Association (Board of Directors)
  • Kern County Bar Association
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Business Networking International
  • Litigation Section of the California State Bar
  • Taxation Section of the California Stat Bar

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