La Jolla legal services

James Astuno


Prior to practicing law, Mr. Astuno served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps including overseas tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Astuno continues his military service today as a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Mr. Astuno also supports the community as a volunteer on the Board of Management and member of the Finance Committee for YMCA Community Support Services.


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • CALI (AmJur) Awards for International Tax Law and Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Straus Institute Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • Law Clerk for the Federal Trade Commission
  • Judicial Extern to the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan for the U.S. District Court of California, Southern District
  • Palmer Center Business and Finance Fellow
  • Active in the Veterans Legal Society and the Honor Board
  • University of Denver, B.S., Finance
  • U.S. Tax Law Compliance
  • General business litigation
  • Real property
  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Arbitration
  • Contract defaults
  • Surety obligations
  • Public and private works disputes
  • Construction defect and defective work claims
  • Local, state, federal, private collection, and bond actions
  • Family Law


  • Washington State
  • Illinois
  • California
  • U.S. District Courts of California: Southern
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Accredited Attorney for the Preparation, Presentation, and Prosecution of Claims for Veterans’ benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Washington D.C.
  • New York


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • La Jolla Bar Association