Litigation, Probate and Estate Planning, Immigration
Legal solutions don’t necessarily have to be contentious, even when they involve litigation. James Breckenridge gained that perspective from his background working with the U.S. diplomatic corps. Now, he applies it to his legal practice.
“With the right counsel, negotiating and discovering answers to problems is a real possibility for people who find themselves in disputes,” he said.
Before attending law school, James worked with the U.S. Department of State and served as a liaison and Spanish language interpreter at NGOs and governmental agencies, including the Executive Offices of the White House. Drawing on that experience, he helps educate clients about process and different aspects of legal disputes, leading to clarity and an understanding of each party’s viewpoint.
“That approach helps people understand why everyone is at the table,” James said. “Greater understanding is a powerful tool in conflict resolution.”
James helps clients with bond litigation, licensing and anti-piracy disputes, deportation defense and estate planning, including handling probate matters for decedent estates. James recently defeated a mechanic’s lien filed in bad faith against his client’s property and won on a client’s appeal by successfully arguing the case before the Missouri Court of Appeals.
“Every time a client feels satisfied – every time I reach an amenable conclusion on my clients’ behalf – that is my greatest legal achievement,” James said.
Successfully argued at the Missouri Court of Appeals, securing a win on a client’s appeal.
Won life-saving relief for a client under the UN Convention against Torture – granted to less than 3% of petitioners.
Missouri Bar Annual Meeting Planning Committee, since 2016
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, since 2014
Diversity Committee Senior Member at Large
Kansas City Lesbian, Gay, and Allied Lawyers, since 2013
The Clinic, since 2015
Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy
Published Works & Presentations
“Guardian and Conservator Bond Case Management: Best Practices,” Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Newsletter, The American Bar Association, Fall 2017
“Multilingual Best Practices,” Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 2017
Kansas and Missouri, with Lawrence Lerner, Surety Underwriters Deskbook, 2017
Verdicts, with the Hon. John R. O’Malley, Chapter 43, Missouri Bar Civil Benchbook
Building Accord between Museums and Tribes: NAGPRA in Practice, 2 UMKC L. Rev. De Jure 67, 2014
“Redefining Marriage in the 21st Century: Constitutional Law and Famous Cases,” UMKC Graduate Art History Association, 2014
“Same-Sex Marriage and Judicial Independence,” with Former Iowa Supreme Court Justices Marsha Ternus and Michael Streit, UMKC Law, 2013
“Using Professional Court Interpreters, Mitigating Risk in a Multilingual Legal Setting,” Missouri Bar Association CLE, 2010
“Writing Ethics about Interpreting,” National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators, Annual Conference, 2009
J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri, 2014
CALI Award – International Business Transactions
Appellate Practice Clinic
Diplôme d’université, Université de Reims, Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France, 2012
M.A., Conference Interpreting, Monterey Institute of International Studies,
Monterey, California, 2009
B.A. with distinction, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2002
U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2016
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2016
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2017
Kansas City, MO
4520 Main St., Suite 1600
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 474-8181
Fax: (816) 471-2186
North Kansas City, MO
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Kansas City, MO 64116
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Overland Park, KS
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Overland Park, KS 66202
Phone: (913) 831-6900
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