Senior Counsel

James A. Chortanian


6A Liberty Street
Suite 200
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
P (949) 757-4500
F (949) 757-4550

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James Chortanian is senior counsel in WSHB’s Orange County office, where his practice is focused on the defense of physicians, hospitals and other health care providers in medical malpractice cases. He graduated cum laude from Whittier Law School in May 2013 and was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2013. He is licensed to practice before all courts of the State of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association.

During law school, James excelled in the classroom, receiving numerous scholarships, Dean’s Honor List Awards and CALI Excellence for the Future Awards.  He also gained valuable practical experience by participating in externships with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles Superior Court and in private practice.  In addition to his experience in the medical negligence arena, he has successfully handled complex civil litigation in multiple practice areas.


Whittier Law School (J.D., 2013, cum laude)

University of California, Irvine (B.A., 2008)

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Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Law
  • Defense of doctors, dentists, pharmacists, chiropractors and paramedics as well as nursing homes and hospitals on various cases involving claims of negligence, fraud and medical malpractice.
General Liability and Casualty
  • Defense of businesses and individuals in a wide variety of catastrophic personal injury claims.
Product Liability
  • Defense of corporate manufacturers, distributors and retailers in actions involving alleged product liability, consumer warranties, negligence, fraud and misrepresentation.


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