James S. Bostwick is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with over fifty years of experience. He is one of the most respected medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers in the nation and the founder of Bostwick & Peterson. He is one of the few lawyers in the U.S. deemed a Certified Medical Malpractice Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability. In his first novel, Acts of Omission, he uses his vast experience to provide a rare glimpse into the world of civil trial lawyers, what motivates them, the enormous risks they take, and the choices that define them professionally and personally.
Mr. Bostwick is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, and invite-only organization and limited to the top 100 plaintiff’s trial lawyers in the U.S. (and considered the most exclusive trial lawyer organization in the world). He is a past President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, named to Best Lawyers in America every year since its inception in 1983, rated among the Top 4 Trial Lawyers by the California Bar Journal, and featured in Newsweek, Town and Country, and Forbes as one of America’s top trial lawyers.
Bostwick has spent more than 50 years specializing in complex medical malpractice and personal injury law, and has set the bar for litigating some of the most complex and high-stakes cases in the country, including in 1979 securing the largest medical malpractice jury verdict in U.S. history. He has spent the years since setting state and national records for high-value recoveries in legal malpractice, birth injury, and other personal injury claims. In early 2018, Attorney Bostwick and the firm obtained a $14M malpractice settlement just before trial over a neonatal brain injury. At the time, the result was the largest present value settlement in California history for a case that had not been tried to verdict.
James practices law with his son and with his law partner of over twenty years. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.