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.

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.
 

Why Choose Sweet James?

 

100% Free Consultation

Free, confidential, no obligation consultation. Let our experience and strength work for you.

 

20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Results matter. Reputation matters. Let the experience of our lawyers, former prosecutors and retired judges work to help you.

 

AVAILABLE 24/7

We are a modern law firm. Our attorneys, investigators and case managers are always available on your terms – call, email or text us anytime.

 

NO FEES UNLESS WE WIN

You don’t pay a penny unless we recover money for you. If we don’t win your case, our services are free.

CELEBRITY CLIENTELE

Trusted by celebrity clients from Grammy winning artists to Golden Globe and Emmy winning actors – we help our clients in their most sensitive time of need.

$500+ MILLION RECOVERED

Hire a law firm with results not just marketing hype. With over $500 million recovered compensation for our clients our results speak for themselves.

Featured Attorneys

Personal injury is more than just an accident claim. For our experienced 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
ATTORNEY AT LAW
  • Awarded 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers
  • Awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Chair Serious Injury Practice Group
  • Recovered over $100 Million dollars

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, James Bergener 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. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. The forum makes up less than 1 percent of lawyers in the United States. Read More.

 

Phil Younglove

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

Phil Younglove graduated law school from USC and began his journey as an attorney here with Sweet James. From the start, his drive and eagerness to help others fit perfectly with our team. There are many reasons he loves being a personal injury attorney, but chief among them is his ability to help clients get through a difficult time. He describes it as a job similar to Robin Hood, where he is able to help accident victims who are being mistreated by large corporations and "stick it to the man".

One of his most memorable moments as an attorney began when an insurance company wanted to settle his client’s case for $50,000. After he and his team fought many difficult battles with adjusters, the insurance company caved and settled the case for $1 million. Phil's commitment to putting the insurance company in their place and providing our clients with the compensation they deserve is a tremendous asset to our team.

 

Megan Lane

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

Megan Lane went to the University of California, Irvine where she graduated with a B.A. in psychology and social behavior. She continued on to Chapman University School of Law, where she graduated with an emphasis in international business litigation. While awaiting her bar results, she did some volunteer work with a local veteran’s legal clinic, while clerking at an estate planning firm.

Megan knew she wanted to be an advocate for the underdog, and not some faceless corporation. So, in 2015, shortly after being sworn into the bar, Megan started working with Sweet James and found her passion. She has seen first-hand that the insurance companies are not your friend and do not want to compensate you fairly. Megan loves being able to help our clients get the justice they deserve. In 2018 she became a member of the Million Dollar Advocates club, a prestigious group for attorneys who have settled a case for one million dollars or greater.

Gabe Vigh

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

Gabe Vigh  completed his undergraduate degree at UCR in Economics, making the Deans Honor List.  He continued his education earning a law degree from Chapman University in 2015 with a full merit scholarship. Before deciding to focus on personal injury law, Gabe worked in the bankruptcy field for a defense firm whose clients were big banks like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, etc. He really hated working in bankruptcy because he had to help big companies take advantage of debtors.

So, he left his job on the defense side and made the move to working for the plaintiffs. He now gets tremendous satisfaction from helping people in need and making sure they aren’t being taken advantage of by insurance companies. In just a few years, Gabe has helped recover millions of dollars for our clients and consistently receives glowing reviews and referrals. We are proud to have such a talented attorney on our team.

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 EXPERIENCE. REAL RESULTS.

Sweet James knows the games that will be played and the tactics that insurance companies will be used against our clients. Before founding Sweet James, James defended insurance companies against injury claims. Knowing their playbook has made James an especially powerful advocate in personal injury cases.

From start to finish, our strategy revolves around each individual case. Developing a relationship with our clients in order to understand your loss and protect your interests is the cornerstone of our mission.

Every personal injury accident requires careful treatment and presents unique challenges. The best way to understand how to handle your case before making any commitments is to call (800) 500-5200 for a free consultation at any hour of the day. Let us deal with the insurance company. We know how to do it and we are very, very good at our jobs. While we focus on maximizing the amount of money you get from your claim, you can focus on getting better.