James J. Braze

Bakersfield Office 5060 California Avenue, Suite 700 Bakersfield, CA 93309

Jim Braze is a Partner in the Bakersfield office of Borton Petrini, LLP. He is AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has tried over forty significant jury trials to verdict representing some of the largest Fortune 500 companies.


He received his bachelor and master of science degrees from the University of Southern California and University of Alaska in 1968 and 1971, respectively. In 1977 he received his law degree from Loyola Law School, was admitted to practice law in California, and joined Borton Petrini, LLP in Bakersfield. Jim obtained his masters of law degree in taxation from the Golden Gate University School of Law in 1997.


Jim has defended health care providers including general and specialty hospitals, doctors, nurses, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, acute psychiatric hospitals, residential behavioral health facilities, and other health care providers against claims of malpractice and elder abuse. He is one of less than twenty attorneys in California to try an elder abuse case to verdict. He has litigated matters between healthcare providers and their service companies.


He is the editor of the Firm’s Healthcare Law Quarterly Update newsletter. In addition to litigation experience in State and Federal courts, Jim has an understanding of day-to-day business issues facing medical and health care professionals. He represents health care providers in a variety of business and corporate matters such as; the development of policies and procedures, risk management programs, business transactions and employment law matters. His experience includes state licensing actions, employment counseling, employee termination and discipline, labor union relations, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour issues, development and review of employee handbooks, and business matters such as; medical practice formation and dissolution, facility purchases, and sales and leases.