Richard Sax passed the California Bar and began his practice in 1978,
after graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 1977.
Previously, he spent a year abroad studying in Florence, Italy, before
graduating from Gonzaga University in 1975 with a degree in Political Science.
Richard was raised to value integrity, public service, and
helping others. While growing up in in Washington State and British
Columbia, Richard worked with his father, the town mayor, in the
family title business. Richard’s mother was a nurse, hospital
administrator, and state legislator. Both of his parents were saddened
when they saw people lose their homes because they lacked legal
representation. They urged him to practice law to equalize the playing
field and help people deal with the intricacies of our legal system.
When Richard established his law practice, he began taking on
“big city” attorneys and large law firms that aim to exhaust their
adversaries, both financially and emotionally.
That’s why Richard became a lawyer—to equalize the playing
field by fighting for people’s rights, and to work tirelessly to bring
In 40 years of trial practice, Richard has successfully
undertaken a wide variety of legal cases. He practices civil
litigation, real estate law, divorce and family law, personal
injury/wrongful death, business law, foreclosure defense, and criminal
defense. Richard is licensed to provide full representation in state,
federal, appellate, and supreme courts.
Richard has successfully brought or defended more than 18
appeals and writs of mandate, including two CEQA writs of mandate,
during the course of his career. Three published appellate decisions
have arisen from appeals that Richard has brought or defended:
James Rufini v. CitiMortgage, Inc. (2014) 227 Cal.App.4th 299
Guardianship of D.W. (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 242 (guardianship with
Manor Investment Co. v. F.W. Woolworth Co. (1984) 159 Cal. App. 3d
Richard also has an extensive history of hard-fought jury trials,
both civil and criminal, in state and federal courts. He has advocated
for his clients in thousands of arbitrations, court trials,
mediations, and courtroom hearings.
James McWhorter is a Sonoma County attorney licensed to practice in
California for over 45 years. He is admitted to practice law in The
Supreme Court of the United States, California Federal Courts,
California Supreme Court and all California State Courts. He makes
appearances in Sonoma County Superior Courts almost on a daily basis.
James has always had a passion for serving others. Originally a
political science major, he wanted to get involved in the government.
Funnily enough, Law School was just an obvious step towards pursing
that goal. However, after completing Law School, he knew that his
skills best served others in court, not in politics. Additionally, he
joined the National Guard for a year and served 5 years in the Army
Reserves for a total 6-year commitment and honorable discharge in 1975.
James graduated from USC Law School in 1972 and began his practice of
law with a law firm in Monterey. He was the lead trial attorney for a
firm in San Jose, worked as an Insurance defense attorney for Farmers
Insurance in Sacramento and was in charge of a law office for a firm
in South Lake Tahoe.
He moved to Sonoma County in 2009 to practice law and is currently
working with Attorney Richard Sax on civil, criminal and plaintiff’s
personal injury cases. He is happy to be of help and service to those
in need of his expertise.