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James R. Ling

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Real Estate
  • Construction Law
  • Cannabis Law
  • Estate Planning


James Ling's ability to connect with and skillfully advise clients in all aspects of business, real estate, and construction stem from James' real-world experience as a successful entrepreneur, business owner, and investor. In addition to his California bar license, James is a licensed general contractor, real estate broker, and mortgage loan originator. This practical experience enables James to foresee issues before they arise and advise clients accordingly, saving considerable expense and frustration associated with costly litigation.

Prior to starting Ling Law Group, APC, James worked at two prominent law firms prosecuting and defending institutional clients and mid-size businesses in commercial and business litigation matters, including successfully defending a municipal energy company against plaintiffs seeking nine figures in damages, litigating contractual breach claims on behalf of real estate developers and contractors, prosecuting trade secret misappropriation claims, antitrust claims, effectuating corporate, LLC, and limited partnership dissolutions, and litigating claims on behalf of or in defense of contractors or subcontractors for mechanics' liens, stop payments, and in construction defect cases. James also second-chaired legal malpractice cases with a nationally recognized trial attorney and has an extensive track record for recovering financial debts on behalf of businesses.

James' practice now focuses on a broad spectrum of matters, including business litigation, shareholder disputes, trade secrets, quiet title actions, unfair competition claims, real estate matters, cannabis-related matters, land use planning and development projects, and business and real estate transactions. His experience in the courtroom and in closing multimillion dollar deals have made him a skilled negotiator, and James is adept at helping individual and corporate clients resolve their complex business disputes as efficiently as possible through cost-effective litigation strategies, targeted pre-trial discovery and, when appropriate, law and motion and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). James also leverages his experience and network in the various industries to bring deals together, to solve problems, and to create lasting relationships in joint ventures and strategic mergers.


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 2013
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • University of California, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. - 2008


  • Super Lawyers. Rising Star
  • Capital Commendation for Public Service (150+ Annual Pro Bono Hours)
  • Roger J. Traynor Honor Society
  • Bernard E. Witkin Awards for Highest Grades in Four Law School Classes

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • The Pacific Club
  • Pi Lambda Phi International Fraternity
The State Bar of California
Rated by Super Lawyers, James R. Ling, 2019-2021
Orange County Bar Association
Better Business Bureau Accredited Business
American Bar Association
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