Jim Boardman

Mr. Boardman spent over 20 years practicing law in Alaska with both large international and small law firms where he represented some of the largest corporations in the United States and injured fishermen who couldn’t afford one night of lodging.  He graduated from Cordova High School, located in a small Alaska fishing town that requires one to boat or fly in.  Then he attended the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) and graduated with a B.S. in Biology.  During his breaks, he fished commercially, worked on a musk-ox farm and became fascinated with microorganisms.  This led him to attend the doctoral program in biochemistry at Syracuse University.

In graduate school, he started to follow civil trials aimed at holding the Klan accountable and saw a strong connection between scientific rigor and legal strategy.  It was not much longer until the notions of attending law school were swirling around.  A year later, he started law school at Willamette College of Law and that summer worked to help plaintiffs impacted by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in his hometown.

After graduation, Mr. Boardman worked in maritime law, gradually expanded his practice into the medical field and beyond.  He has represented multiple hospitals, physicians, and medical groups.  In addition, clients have included large insurance companies, individuals with significant injuries and fishermen.  This unique background, involving years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, has served him well when formulating strategies to ensure his clients are successful.

In 2013, Mr. Boardman and his family relocated to Northern California.  His practice focuses on California and Alaska clients, local wineries, Sonoma County businesses and individuals unfairly terminated from their jobs.  He brings nearly 30 years of experience in handling hundreds of cases, from start to finish, and uses this knowledge to guide clients and ensure their cases and business goals are successful.

Outside of practicing law, Mr. Boardman enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, biking, skiing, trying to surf, cooking, gardening, making wine, traveling, visiting while taking in a baseball game, woodworking and arranging colors on canvas so they don’t look horrible.  In addition, he is involved with Leadership Santa Rosa (LSR) and working to untangle California’s housing issues.