James “Jim” R. Parker is a native of Burbank, California, and has been practicing law since 1974. Jim graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in 1968 and went on to do hisgraduate work at the University of California at Davis. Jim received his Juris Doctor upon graduating from Davis and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1974. Jim began his legal career at local law firm Borton Petrini and in 1978, in partnership with Bill Kuhs, established Kuhs & Parker and has been with the firm ever since. Jim is a member of the Kern County Bar Association, and Construction Industry Section of the American Bar Association, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
Jim’s primary areas of practice include water, mining, construction, land use, and real property. His expertise in these fields has had far-reaching effects on the community. As legal counsel to the Greater Bakersfield Separation of Grade District, he helped to complete seven grade separation projects including Union Avenue, H Street, Fairfax Road, Oswell Street, Coffee Road, Calloway Drive, Seventh Standard Road, and the Hageman Road underpass. In one of his most memorable cases, Jim successfully defeated the U.S. Forest Service after an attempted seizure of private land within the Golden Trout Wilderness area. Jim has also devoted his time to act as legal counsel for the Kern River Public Access Committee. Finally, Jim served as the former Senior Warden of St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish.