About Jim Cherry

Jim Cherry

Jim Cherry, Cherry Law Offices

Career Summary

1970 – present
Cherry Law Offices, Lawyer, Mediator, Coach

2010 – present
Cherry Mediation Center, Mediator, Coach, Arbitrator

1982 – 1984
Sutro and Company, Kidder Peabody, Investment Advisor

1972 – 1980
California Public Utilities Commission, Principal Counsel, Chief Advisor to Commissioner Ross

1967 – 1969
Center on Administration of Criminal Justice, U.C. Davis, Assistant to Executive Director Floyd Feeney


University of California at Davis School of Law, J.D.
University of California at Berkeley School of Business Administration, B.S.

Relevant Experience

Mediation and Litigation

  • Extensive experience in mediating and resolving disputes as an advocate and mediator.
  • Certified Mediator.
  • Certified Peace Ambassador.
  • Certified Hoʻoponopono Practitioner.
  • Managed an active civil litigation practice in both Federal and State Courts, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
  • AV Preeminent Lawyer, rated by Martindale-Hubbell for the past 26 years.
  • Member, California State Bar Association; Tuolumne County Bar Association; Mediator, California Association of Realtors (CAR) for the CAR Panel of Mediators serving portions of Northern and Central California; Dispute Resolution Board Foundation DRA/DRB trained; Member of  Caltrans DRB Panel; Panel of Mediators, Tuolumne County Superior Court and Amador County Superior Court.
  • Over forty years expertise in construction defects and real estate litigation, and dispute resolution.
  • Lead counsel in numerous multi-million dollar complex litigation matters concerning construction defects.
  • Served as an ADR provider through the American Arbitration Association.
  • Grew a private mediation practice by producing superior results at less cost to clients.
  • Studied and trained several hundred hours focusing on mediation, negotiation, arbitration and settlement skills.

Leadership and Management

  • Created CPUC’s Department of Conservation. Recruited and staffed the department with high-quality executives. Provided supervisory and fiscal management to the Department.
  • Created Lifeline Rates for electric and natural gas residential consumers of regulated California Public Utilities. Engaged and unified various stake holders including consumers, environmental groups, labor, church groups, political groups and parties.
  • Assisted implementation of Life-Line Rates through both legislation and regulation, saving residential consumers millions of dollars and restructuring rates to encourage conservation.
  • Created a program to insulate every possible residential structure served by regulated public utilities, at no net cost to the public, while conserving energy and saving millions of ratepayer dollars.
  • Developed collaborative approach to productively achieve client’s objectives in complex litigation matters.
  • Assumed multiple leadership roles in the Sonora Sunrise Rotary Club including, President, Foundation Chair, Club Service Chair and Project Manager for several community service projects.
  • Rotary International District 5220:  Assistant District Governor, 2012-2013, 2018-2019.
  • Rotary International District 5220: Chair, Peace Through Service Committee, 2012-2015.
  • Rotary International District 5220: Chair, Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee, 2018-2019.

Public Relations

  • Accomplished public speaker with proven track record of speaking in front of public, private and government bodies.
  • Drafted and helped to enact and implement statutes and regulations.
  • Appeared as Key Spokesperson in print, on radio, and on television.

Construction Management

  • Represented owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors and others in all phases of commercial and residential development projects, from planning to litigation.
  • Developer of multiple real estate projects.
  • Implemented and taught preventive legal actions and strategies to Construction Project Managers.
  • ADR Services.

Volunteer and Civic Engagement

  • Volunteered in leadership capacity for more than 40 years in wide range of Community Based Organizations.
  • Assisted the following partial list of civic organizations in achieving their unique philanthropic goals:
    • Sonora Sunrise Rotary
    • Rotary International District 5220
    • Tuolumne County Suicide Prevention Taskforce
    • Stage 3 Theatre Company
    • Fundamentals of Sports
    • California Youth Soccer League
    • Member, Measure E- Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, Yosemite Community College District
    • Sonora Art Trails.
    • Declared Elder, Mankind Project USA, supporting men on their journey through joys and disappointments in their life and serving as an advocate for truth and compassion.
    • Founding Member, Mother Lode League of Women Voters.


  • To be a Peace Maker through my work as a Lawyer, Mediator, and Coach, and to be a Peace Builder through my work as a Rotarian, Peace Ambassador, Coach, and Storyteller.
  • To be peace / do peace.
  • To create the possibility for fast-track conflict resolution.
  • To serve citizens and businesses from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra Foothills and from Sacramento to Fresno, by providing a cost-effective and fair choice of conflict resolution services, including Legal, Mediation, Coaching, Arbitration, and Negotiation, to bring about respectful conflict resolution without the need for a trial.
  • To become involved in the ADR  Process early in the matter, preferably before litigation is initiated.
  • To help clients make smarter, better decisions and control their own destinies.
  • To be part of the growing number of lawyers and counselors committed to the ADR Process.


  • Married to Patricia Cherry
  • 6 adult children
  • 11 grandchildren