James was born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut. After High School, he attended the University of Connecticut, where he studied History. James had a passion for United States History, in particular the The Revolutionary War and the creation of the United States Constitution. This began his interest in the U.S. justice system and laws that protect and govern society.
During the summer entering his Senior year of College, James interned with the in-house legal department of a Accuray Inc., Medical Device Tech Company in Silicon Valley, California. This opportunity exposed James to patent and trademark law, along with business negotiation and litigation. It was also James’ first experience living in California, which would eventually steer him west to attend law school.
After graduating from University of Connecticut, James moved to Southern California and attended Whittier Law School. While at Whittier, James was a member of the Whittier Journal of Child and Family advocacy and Moot Court Honors Board. In his final year of law school, James was elected Chief Justice of the Moot Court Honors Board by his law school peers. He oversaw all aspects of the organization including new member orientation, assigning members to competitions around the country, and helping members oral argument skills and brief writing techniques. James represented Whittier Law School in four Moot Court Competitions, preparing briefs and conducting oral arguments at Seton Hall University Law School, Brooklyn Law School, University of San Diego School of Law, and UCLA School of Law. The majority of his Moot Court competitions involved challenging unreasonable search and seizures under the Fourth Amendment.
James also clerked for a criminal defense firm during his time in law school. He wrote numerous motions related to search and seizure, statute of limitations, evidentiary motions, and trial briefs. He also was able to sit second chair at counsel table during several criminal defense trials. This experience gave James a keen insight in how to prepare and defend and criminal cases from consultation all the way through trial.
Upon graduation and passing the bar exam, James was hired as an associate attorney for the criminal defense firm he clerked for in law school.
In 2017, James became one of the founding members of Ryu Weimortz Murphy LLP. James handles complex criminal matters for the firm including white-collar fraud cases and sex crimes.