James R. Lance - Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP

James R. Lance

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 619-780-0880

Mr. Lance’s practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on real estate cases. In addition to real estate, Mr. Lance represents parties in cases regarding securities, professional liability and other complex business disputes. Mr. Lance regularly represents clients in multi-million dollar disputes. 

While in law school, Mr. Lance received the Robert R. Kane scholarship, published three articles for the Washington and Lee Law Review, and was the Executive Editor of the Law Review. He finished fourth in his class and was made a member of Order of the Coif.

Following graduation, he began his practice with a large law firm in St. Louis, Thompson & Mitchell (now Thompson Coburn). In January 1990, Mr. Lance moved to San Diego and joined the firm, which was then known as Post Kirby Noonan & Sweat. The firm changed its name to Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge in 2006. In 2016, he co-founded Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach.

Mr. Lance lives in the Kensington area of San Diego. An active member of the San Diego community, he has coached football and baseball for many years. Mr. Lance also is involved in a variety of professional organizations. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and has been a member of the Louis M. Welsh Chapter and the William B. Enright Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Mr. Lance has served on the board of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He has volunteered his time as a speaker in continuing education seminars. In addition, Mr. Lance is the editor for the products liability section of the Trial Bar News.

Additional Information

Litigation Practice Areas
  • Complex Commercial
  • Real Estate
  • Serious Personal Injury/ Wrongful Death
  • Class Action
Client Recommendations Set 1 of 3

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"I was among a group that lost our investment due to fraud and theft.  James Lance of Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge quickly took control of the problem and recovered most of our investment loss. He, after several years of tireless work, gave us a successful result none of us could have imagined.  Jim kept us informed and involved until the end. Most of us are not experienced in litigation but Jim made the process very clear for us and always kept us informed. At all times Jim was available and his communication was clear. He showed a gift of keeping 30 plaintiffs with different backgrounds working in harmony. He is the most professional attorney I have ever worked with and I would recommend him to anyone."

-          Bruce Bart, Premier Wireless

"Jim Lance and his team at Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge are the greatest.  They have represented me since 2001, and are loyal, efficient, hardworking and caring.  I truly love these guys, and have tremendous respect for this law firm."

-          Gina Champion-Cain, American National Investments, Inc.

Client Recommendations Set 2 of 3

"I have found Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge to be one of the most practical, cost efficient and client-focused firms I have retained over my 32 years of legal practice. Partner James Lance has always demonstrated the utmost in integrity and practical advice, recommending the best way to align a litigation case to match the client's desired goal for the potential resolution on a given legal matter. The expertise and communication between Lance and the client has been very responsive, reflective and honest when evaluating the facts confronting the client on all litigation matters handled by Lance. Without any reservation whatsoever, I would recommend Lance to my peers for all commercial real estate litigation matters."

-          Douglas Hageman, Newland Real Estate Group, LLC

"Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge demonstrated great expertise in handling my legal affairs. My many questions were answered in a timely manner, often in a matter of minutes. The firm always remained in close contact with me and managed to stay many steps ahead on my case.  The staff was caring, intuitive, and highly capable. Our success was a combination of the firm's great competence and Jim Lance's strong leadership. As trying as the case was, I felt a real sadness in losing regular contact with such a fine group of professionals after the case was completed."

-          Deborah Voorhees

Client Recommendations Set 3 of 3

"Commercial Litigation is burdened with numerous legal hurdles and miles of red tape, but it is also fraught with business issues that can be critical for the future of a company.  James Lance formulates a clear strategic path to maneuver through these complications and provides counsel that protects our ongoing and future business operations. We know and trust that James Lance and his team are personally committed to us, work hard to help us through the process, and keep us current with communications we can understand and believe. The partners and associates at Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge are professional, ethical, and are all enormously respected by judges, mediators and especially rival lawyers."   

-          J. David Gardner, Highland Partnership, Inc.

Missouri State UniversityBS 1983Washington and Lee UniversityJ.D. 1986
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociation of Business Trial LawyersAmerican Inns of Court

Case History

Carr, et al. v. Emerald Bay Financial
Mr. Lance obtained a judgment in 2011 for $5,086,688 on behalf of 31 Plaintiffs in a 2-1/2 week securities trial in San Diego Superior Court. The judgment included attorneys fees and costs. Mr. Lance successfully proved claims of Fraud, Constructive Fraud, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Negligence, Financial Elder Abuse, Violations of Business and Professions Code §17200 and Violations of California Securities laws. Before trial, Mr. Lance was able to secure settlements and a stipulated judgment from other defendants for several million dollars.
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund: ArbitrationMr. Lance volunteered to represent two families who were victims of the September 11 attacks. He and his Partner David Noonan presented the claims at evidentiary hearings held in New York City as part of the Trial Lawyers Care Program.
Cacanindin v. United States of America, et al.: SettlementMr. Lance obtained an outstanding settlement in a very tragic and difficult case. Mr. Lance represented the family of an eight year old boy who was struck and killed in a crosswalk in Temecula while rollerblading with his father and brother. The driver was a diabetic who went into insulin shock and ran a red light. Unfortunately, he had no assets and limited insurance. The driver was from New York and had been treated by the VA Medical Center in Syracuse for his diabetes and a heart condition. The physicians in Syracuse prescribed a medication which could potentially block the symptoms of low blood sugar and allow a patient to go into insulin shock without notice. Mr. Lance traveled to New York and was able to secure very damaging admissions from the VA physicians. He filed a lawsuit against the driver and the United States of America (under the Federal Tort Claims Act) based on the actions of the VA physicians. The case involved very difficult factual and legal issues. After extensive investigation and discovery, Mr. Lance was able to obtain $874,000 for the family from the United States, and the $100,000 policy limits from the driver, for a total of $974,000.
Collins, et al. v. American HondaMr. Lance was heavily involved in the prosecution of this nationwide class action regarding transmission defects. Honda agreed to provide a transmission-replacement program to settle the case, which was valued in at more than $180,000,000.
Minor Plaintiff v. Hospital X: SettlementMr. Lance settled a medical malpractice case against a hospital for the failure to treat bacterial meningitis, which resulted in severe neurological injuries to a 5 year old girl. The case settled for $2,800,000 prior to trial.
Chappell v. McDonnell Douglas: TrialMr. Lance represented in a five week trial against a helicopter manufacturer for serious injuries suffered while working for Star-Kist on a tuna boat. Mr. Chappell was flying the helicopter when it began to shake violently and crashed into the South Pacific. Mr. Lance represented him in a product liability action against McDonnell Douglas, claiming that the main rotor hub assembly was defective, which caused the main rotor blade to depart. The helicopter sank immediately after the crash and was never recovered. Defendant McDonnell Douglas argued that the helicopter was not defective, that no blade loss occurred and that Mr. Chappell was solely responsible for the crash. McDonnell Douglas made no settlement offer before the jury returned its verdict. The case was tried in San Diego Superior Court and the jury awarded Mr. Chappell damages of $2,741,000.
Wage & Hour Class Action: SettlementMr. Lance pursued a class action lawsuit against a national company for failing to pay the business expense of its employees engaged in outside sales. The case settled in 2011. The average payment per class member was over $4,200 for a total settlement of$4,000,000.

Office Location

701 Island Avenue, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Other Information

Gender: Male