Attorneys & Staff

Attorneys

James Banks, Jr.
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James Banks, Jr. was born in 1942 in Los Angeles, California. His mother (Janette Trautman Banks) and father (Harold Banks) were both raised in Ontario, California, and one of his grandmothers was born in Upland, California. He has a strong interest in the history of the area and has often been involved in local city planning committees.

Mr. Banks is a 1960 graduate of Chaffey High School, 1964 graduate of Stanford University and 1967 graduate of U.C.L.A. Law School. He has been a director and officer, including President, of the local and county bar associations. He is or has been attorney for approximately twelve judges and twenty-five attorneys and their families. He is the seventh and by far the youngest of about 12 recipients of the John B. Surr Award, given occasionally over the past 25 years to “outstanding attorneys and judges of San Bernardino County”.

Mr. Banks is also an active member of the Choroideremia Research Foundation, an organization that provides support and information to those affected by Choroideremia (CHM). If you have questions about Jim’s eyesight, one of his friends has written an article called “This Dark World“. If you have more detailed questions about it, you can read about it at the website of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. There you click on “other retinal diseases” and then “choroideremia”. Another explanatory web site is the Choroideremia Research Foundation. There you can click on “additional links”. You should also feel free to ask Jim about it if you wish.

Damian G. Garcia
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Damian is also a native Californian. He was born and raised in Redlands, California. His mother, father, and one of his grandfathers were born and raised in Redlands, California. Mr. Garcia graduated from Redlands High School in 1993. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California at Riverside. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Redlands. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne Law School in 2005. Damian’s background includes 12 years of banking experience in both small and large banking institutions.

Stephen P. Janis
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Stephen (Steve) is also a native Californian. He was born and raised in Upland, California, where his father has been a business owner for over 30 years and his Mother was an educator for over 20 years. Steve graduated from Damien High School in La Verne in 1991. He attended California State University, San Bernardino and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with minors in Philosophy and Political Science. He attended the University of La Verne Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 2005. Steve’s background includes over 15 years of banking experience with a major California bank.

Staff

Lori

Lori is the litigation manager for the firm. She processes most of the firm’s court filings and business documents. In addition, Lori manages the probate filings as well as the firm’s bookkeeping, accounting and billing.

Suzi

Suzi does the administrative work in connection with Wills and Trusts.