KANSAS CITY, KS, October 06, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — James H. Flanagan, Jr. has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Flanagan first garnered inspiration for his 44 years of general law practice during his formative years while working at his local library.
Exhibiting particular interest in J. Edgar Hoover and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mr. Flanagan quickly recognized his desire to pursue a career in law because at that time the only avenues to becoming a special agent were as an attorney or as a certified public accountant. So he decided then that he would become a lawyer, and in high school he interned at the law office of William, O. Ellis in Redwood City, CA.
He obtained his undergrad degree in Political Science at Stanford University. Because he was enrolled in the NROTC program, he graduated with a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve. His active duty consisted primarily of Basic School and then serving as a Communications Officer with a Top-Secret Crypto clearance running the Crypto Center for the First Marine Air Wing in Japan. He then returned home and attended Stanford University Law School for a JD degree in Law. During law school he interned with the general law practice firm of Crist, Peters, and Donegan in Palo Alto, CA.
After law school, realizing that he wanted to be in a general law practice to help people solve their legal problems, he was a legislative intern with the California Assembly Water Committee, and wrote his first book, California Water Districts. Having married his wife Charlotte while in law school, he then moved with her to Fresno, where she was raised, to practice law. Being a country boy at heart he wanted to practice law in a rural area. His first two years of practice was with the firm of Creede, Dawson, & McElrath as an associate. The next 11 years of practice was as a partner with the firm of Pettitt, Blumberg, Sherr, and Flanagan. The senior partners of those two firms became his mentors on the general practice of law in office, court, and appeals. In 1975, he left the firm and went into a solo general practice of his own until he retired in 2006.
During his law practice Mr, Flanagan also was: a judge pro-tem in the Fresno Superior Court; a weekly newspaper columnist at two local newspapers; taught at several colleges creating and teaching courses in Water Law and Dispute Resolution; and also active in community affairs, being a member, board member, or chair of numerous community and church organizations, several of which he still writes commentaries for their monthly bulletins.
He is still an active member of Rotary (Senior Active at the North Fresno Club), the Marine Corps League (life), the Military Officers Association of America (life), and the Catholic Professional & Breakfast Club.
During his law practice Mr. Flanagan had been a member of the California State Bar (received a commendation letter for 50 years of service), the Fresno Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar for several years, and admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth District, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California. Two of his winning appellate cases are in the California Reports.
On retirement from the practice of law in 2006, Mr. Flanagan served for 8 years on the staff of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce (after 34 years of serving various Chamber of Commerce organizations). In 2014, Mr. Flanagan left the Chamber job to finish writing a book titled Managing Conflict – Strategies to Create and Teach Resolution of Conflict, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. (2016). Three years later he was co-author of another book, Resolving Conflict by Mediation, a Primer, Scholars Press (2019) with Gregory J. Zubacz, Associate Provost and former Chair of the Peacemaking and Conflict Studies at Fresno Pacific University.
Mr. Flanagan plans to write at least three more books (Conversations without Conflict, Dinosaur Lawyer (a commentary on the disappearance of the general practitioner in both medicine and law and the effect on the public, mainly the lack of affordability of, and access to, service particularly in rural areas), and Irish Boy (a commentary of his life as the youngest of two grandsons of grandparents who were all born in the Republic of Ireland and became naturalized citizens of the U.S. after leaving behind the conflict that they referred to as “the troubles”).
As a testament to his professional success, Mr. Flanagan has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, in the West, in the World, in American Law, and in American Education.
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