James W. Parkinson

James Parkinson is a California lawyer, activist, speaker, and literacy advocate. James was an activist for reparations to be paid to Americans who were slave laborers for private Japanese companies during World War II.

In 2006, James authored Soldier Slaves: Abandoned by the White House, Courts and Congress with Lee Benson. More recently, James was producer of the film The Inheritance of War, also about the Americans held prisoner of war by Japan and their quest for reparations.

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1949. James received his law degree from Brigham Young University and began his practice in 1976.

Significant Cases
Ellis v R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

For purposes of this litigation, Parkinson was to counsel Robinson, Calcagnie, and Robinson and Casey, Gerry, Reed, and Schenk. Critical California case against Big Tobacco in coordination with the national Castano Group.

Harold Poole, et al. v. Nippon steel, et. al.

Parkinson counseled individual cases and class action cases against Japanese corporations that used captured American soldiers as slave laborers in World War II.


National Jefferson Award for Public Service (2007)

California Trial Lawyers Association Presidential Award of Merit (1987)

Consumer Attorneys of California Award of Merit (1997)

Association of Trial Lawyers of American Citation of Excellence (Wiedemann Wysocki)(2003-2004)(2004-2005)

Association of Trial Lawyers of America Distinguished Service Award (2005)

J. Reuben Clark Law School Brigham Young University Honored Alumni of the Year Award for 2006

Naval Institute Press Author of the Year Award (2006) for book Soldier Slaves, Abandoned by the White House, Courts, and Congress sharing the honor with co-author Lee Benson

Federal Bar Association Defender of the Constitution Award for The Inland Empire (2008).