James D. Schwefel, Jr.

Practice Emphasis 
Mr. Schwefel has practiced real estate law, business law, and agricultural law with the firm since his graduation from the University of California’s Boalt Hall Law School in 1963. 

Services to Clients
Mr. Schwefel’s practice includes real estate transactions (purchases, sales, leasing, exchanges, acquisitions, financing); complex business transactions (entity formation, sales, mergers, reorganizations, acquisitions), as well as representing agricultural enterprises and farm families in a multitude of areas involved in growing, shipping, harvesting and marketing of the Salinas Valley’s diverse agricultural products. He represents both individual and business clients in general business matters and brings depth of experience and intellect to each matter.

Professional Affiliations

  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • Grower-Shippers Association (Member, Legislative Committee)

Community Service Activities
Over the years Mr. Schwefel has held a wide range of leadership positions in numerous organizations, such as:

  • Hartnell College Foundation (Chair, Board of Directors)
  • Salinas Rotary Charities Foundation (member, Board of Trustees)
  • Hartnell College (past President and member, Board of Trustees)
  • California Young Lawyers Association (past President and board member)

Mr. Schwefel has participated in charitable organizations that involve the agricultural industry. For example, he has been a member of the Board of Directors and an officer of Ag Against Hunger, a local agricultural organization that distributes fresh fruit and vegetables to food banks.

Other Experience Highlights
Mr. Schwefel has practiced law continuously with Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss, first as an associate and then as a principal, since his graduation from law school. He was one of the founders of Salinas River Channel Coalition, which helps Monterey County landowners mitigate the cost of environmental compliance and permitting.

Areas of Emphasis
Business Transactions & Business Planning
Real estate

JD, University of California, Boalt Hall- Berkeley, 1963
BA, Economics, University of California – Berkeley, 1959
Bar Admissions
United States District Court, Northern District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court

Contact James D. Schwefel, Jr.

Noland Hamerly Etienne & Hoss
333 Salinas Street
Salinas, California  93901
Phone: (831) 424-1414
Fax: (831) 424-1975


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • California

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