James A. McQueen

James McQueen

James A. McQueen
Irvine, California
Founding Partner
direct 949.644.3919
fax 949.644.3993
cell 949.533.9665
email jm@mcqueendroste.com


Practicing business litigation in California, numerous other states, and overseas for three decades, James McQueen has helped hundreds of companies and individuals successfully resolve business litigation matters. His areas of practice include complex business litigation, intellectual property, construction law, real estate, eminent domain, employment, probate and securities at the trial and appellate level.

Mr. McQueen formed McQUEEN DROSTE LLP to provide clients top level experience and service at a reasonable price. Mr. McQueen’s practice combines zealous advocacy with an unwavering belief that the practice of law is about successfully helping people through the challenges of significant business disputes.

Mr. McQueen has successfully appeared before such diverse tribunals as The Hague, FINRA, JAMS, AAA, the ITC, the California Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, Mr. McQueen has successfully pursued numerous matters before various state and federal courts, including many jury trials.

Mr. McQueen has been recognized by Super Lawyers as being in the top five percent of his profession. Previously, he had received the highest level of certification, an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Experience, success and recognition aside, Mr. McQueen’s practice is about helping businesses and individuals obtain superior results when disputes arise. He is available for a free consultation to see if he may be of assistance to you.

Areas of Practice:

Business Litigation
Intellectual Property
Complex Construction Litigation
Eminent Domain Law

Bar Admissions:

California, 1984
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1984
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1999


University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California, 1984

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 1975
Honors: Cum Laude

Published Works:

Innovative Concepts Help Make Litigation Less Burdensome Orange County Business Journal, 1988

Note, Tax Litigation and Attorneys’ Fees: Still a Win-Lose Dichotomy, 57 Southern California Law Review 471, 1984

Representative Appellate Cases:

Optical Disc Corporation v. Del Mar Avionics, 208 F.3d 1324 (Fed. Cir. 2000)
Howard S. Wright Construction Co. v. BBIC Investors, LLP, 106 Cal.App.4th 314 ( 2002)
Lindsay v. Lewandowski, 139 Cal.App.4th 1618 ( 2006)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Board of Directors, Orange County Human Relations Commission
Board of Trustees, Laguna College of Art & Design

Past Employment Positions:

McQueen & Ashman LLP
Graham & James LLP
Partner, 1991-1999
Senior Associate, 1989-1991

Drummy, Garrett, King & Harrison LLP
Associate, 1985-1989

California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Hon. Margaret J. Morris, Senior Presiding Justice, Law Clerk, 1984 – 1985

Orange County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem