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The Honorable James E. Towery

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 77 (website)

Court Info

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 77 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (408) 792-4220

Court Reporter: +1 (408) 792-4225


The Hon. James E. Towery is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown on November 21, 2012, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Kevin J. Murphy.

Towery earned a B.A. from Princeton University. He then received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for Morgan, Beauzay, Hammer, Ezgar, Bledsoe & Rucka in 1976. Then, after passing the California Bar Examination, he joined the firm as an associate. After practicing there for two years, he started Morgan & Towery, where he worked for the next ten years. Towery then moved to Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel in 1989. He accepted a position there as a shareholder. He was tasked with chairing its litigation group, where he specialized in professional liability cases.

He then worked as Chief Trial Counsel for the State Bar of California in 2010, where he deployed his expertise in lawyer ethics. During his brief tenure there, he created a specialized task force to handle major misappropriations. He also expanded the task force responsible for prosecuting mortgage modification misconduct.

Just prior to his appointment to the bench, Towery was of counsel for Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck.

Towery has served as president of the State Bar of California as well as the Santa Clara County Bar Association. He has also chaired the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Public Protection. His memberships have included the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Inns of Court, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

He is registered as a Democrat.


J.D. from Emory University School of Law

B.A. from Princeton University


Of Counsel at Rossi, Hamerslough, Reischl & Chuck in Santa Clara County, California (2011 to 2012)

Chief Trial Counsel at State Bar of California (2010 to 2011)

Shareholder at Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel (1989 to 2010)

Attorney at Morgan and Towery (1979 to 1989)

Associate at Morgan, Beauzay, Hammer, Ezgar, Bledsoe and Rucka (1977 to 1979)

Law Clerk at Morgan, Beauzay, Hammer, Ezgar, Bledsoe and Rucka (1976 to 1977)

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