Over 100 Legal Professionals Ready to Help You

Personal injury is more than just an accident claim. For our dedicated team, it is about helping people. At Sweet James, our experienced attorneys aim to do more than simply win your case. Our mission is to maximize your recovery to give you peace of mind and a springboard to your future. Receiving the best legal representation doesn’t mean sacrificing high quality personal service.

James Bergener

FOUNDING PARTNER
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

James Bergener
 
"Sweet" James Bergener set out to create a different kind of law firm — one built around helping recover from your injuries and get the maximum possible compensation.

As managing attorney and founding principal of Sweet James Accident Attorneys, James has secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. His career is dedicated to helping anyone who has been injured because of someone else’s negligence. From seemingly simple claims to the most complex cases, Sweet James will make sure you get the justice you deserve.

Mr. Bergener is a member of the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. The forum makes up less than 1 percent of lawyers in the United States.

Mr. Bergener is licensed to practice law in California.
 

Steve Mehr

Partner
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Steve Mehr
 
Mr. Mehr has overseen hundreds of millions of dollars in successful recoveries for his personal injury, class action, and mass tort clients. He offers an insider’s view on how successful cases are built, investigations are pursued, and settlements negotiated to all Sweet James clients. Steve routinely works on significant matters and his celebrity clients include Grammy and Golden Globe winners, social influencers and actors with Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Wayne Gross, a former chief with the U.S. Attorney’s office and past county bar president recently stated that “Steve is one of the best consumer advocates in the country.” In addition to numerous awards and pro bono projects, Steve continuously gives back to the community through his work and mentorship with local rescue missions and charities.

Mr. Mehr is licensed to practice law in California.
 
 

Kurt Maahs

Managing Attorney, Arizona
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Kurt Maahs
 
Mr. Maahs is the Managing Attorney of our Arizona practice. He has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of cases; including many multi-million dollar recoveries for clients with significant injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, paraplegia, and burns.

Mr. Maahs uses his vast experience to pursue and protect the rights of our Arizona clients and their families. He has dedicated his career to helping injury victims obtain justice from major insurance companies and corporations.

He is also active with the Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of Court, the Arizona Association for Justice, and the Arizona Bar Association, where he serves on the Peer Review Committee.

Mr. Maahs is licensed to practice law in Arizona.
 

Kevin Crockett

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Gabe Vigh

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Phil Younglove

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Megan Lane

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Rana Abuershaid

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Nicholas Bayona

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Brianna Makishima

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Justin Gelzayd

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Ryan Cooper

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Sara Rabiee

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Tiffany Vu

ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Ian McTaggart

CLIENT SERVICE ATTORNEY
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Michael Buhler

SENIOR NEGOTIATOR
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Neila Pourhashem

DIRECTOR CASE PROSECUTION
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Jason Melendez

SENIOR CLIENT ADVISOR
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Rob Melendez

SENIOR CLIENT ADVISOR
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

Larry Coughlan

SENIOR CLIENT ADVISOR
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

A DIFFERENT KIND OF LAW FIRM

After working for insurance companies and other personal injury attorneys, Sweet James Bergener set out to create a different kind of law firm. For more than a decade he has remained dedicated to the mission of providing real help to personal injury victims and making a difference in the communities that his firm serves.

An accident can upend your life, even when it’s due to no fault of your own. The road to recovery can be difficult and frustrating. Our goal is to make the challenges that come along as easy as possible. We’ll deal with the insurance company, help coordinate your medical care, and maximize your compensation so that you can put all your energy into getting better.
 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HIRE SWEET JAMES?

You’ve probably heard horror stories about hourly rates for lawyers. After an accident, the last thing you want to do is worry about attorney costs. There’s no guarantee of how many hours it could take to properly work a case. Hiring a personal injury lawyer should alleviate stress, not add to it.

At Sweet James, our view is that the best way to get you justice is to charge a contingency fee. What this means is that you pay nothing out of pocket and if things don’t work out, you don’t owe us a dime.

REAL HELP. REAL RESULTS.

With over 100 legal professionals, the team at Sweet James is here to help you during your most difficult time. We set out to create a different kind of law firm. For over 15 years we have remained dedicated to the mission of providing real help to personal injury victims and their families.

An accident can upend your life, even when it’s due to no fault of your own. The road to recovery can be difficult and frustrating. Our goal is to make the challenges that come along as easy as possible. We’ll deal with the insurance company, help coordinate your medical care, and maximize your compensation so that you can put all your energy into getting better. If you have been injured in California, Arizona or Nevada contact us so we can have the right lawyer help you!