James D.


Ph: (805) 446-7609
Fx: (805) 446-1490




Los Angeles/Ventura Office:
4590 E Thousand Oaks Blvd,
Suite 100
Westlake Village, CA 91362

Orange County Office:
200 Spectrum Drive, Suite 300 
Irvine, CA 92618

James D. Vaughn concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, land use and litigation, including a substantial practice assisting clients with real estate development projects.

Mr. Vaughn assists a diverse range of large companies and high net worth individuals with complex real estate development projects, including due diligence investigations, land acquisitions and dispositions, entitlements, annexations, development agreements, and other public agency infrastructure/service agreements, as well as agreements with Native American Indian tribes. Mr. Vaughn also has extensive experience in all facets of real estate litigation, including CEQA lawsuits, land use and zoning litigation, quiet title actions, contract disputes, easement litigation, nuisance actions, and landlord-tenant disputes. Mr. Vaughn’s litigation experience provides a valuable perspective for advising clients in all aspects of their development projects and real estate transactions.

Mr. Vaughn’s business litigation practice includes substantial trial and appellate experience in a broad range of commercial disputes. He has successfully litigated, arbitrated and mediated all types of business controversies, including corporation and partnership management disputes and dissolution actions, as well as unfair competition, trade secret, fraud, defamation, breach of contract and declaratory relief claims.

Mr. Vaughn earned a B.S. degree from Georgetown University in 1990, graduating magna cum laude with a major in Business Administration and a minor in English. In 1993, Mr. Vaughn earned his J.D. degree from the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts and the Prosser Prize in both Secured Real Estate Transactions and Business Planning.

Mr. Vaughn has been a member of the California State Bar since 1993, and is admitted to practice in all state and federal trial and appellate courts in California. Mr. Vaughn is a member of the Los Angeles and Ventura County Bar Associations, as well as the Ventura County Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Mr. Vaughn is also a past president of the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise.