James Pixton Ruminates About Various and Sundry Matters

Spiral Staircase Descending from Arc de Triomphe Paris
James Pixton inside the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, December 2014

In 1997, James Pixton moved to Alameda, California so he could be a bankruptcy and divorce lawyer. It was kind of a funny thing because he had always said he’d live anywhere but California.

A decade and half later, James now has four wonderful kids including a couple water polo players and two prolific writers. Alameda has been our home for nearly the entire time–and we don’t want to be anywhere else!

Alameda is the East Bay’s best kept secret. With a rejuvenated Park Street business district, there is almost no reason to ever leave the island! The Pixtons love Alameda! This town has been so good to us.

Who is James Pixton?

James Pixton
James Pixton found a painting in the Louvre that looked oddly familiar. Paris, December 2014.

Thanks for stopping by my website. My name is James A. Pixton. I’m a bankruptcy and divorce attorney in Alameda, California. Since 1999, I’ve been helping residents of Oakland, Hayward, San Leandro, Pleasanton, Fremont and just about every other East Bay city start their financial lives over through bankruptcy and start their personal lives anew with divorce and family law services.

The name of my law office is Pixton Law. I’m located at 1516 Oak Street, Suite 315, Alameda, CA¬† 94501. My office building is right next to the Alameda Public Library and I’m on the third floor. My phone number is (510) 451-6200. Check out my Pixton Bankruptcy Law website at www.pixlaw.com and my Pixton Family Law website at pixtonfamilylaw.com

I attended Pomona College and Brigham Young University, graduating in 1993. I was on the varsity basketball team at Pomona (NCAA Division III); I was nowhere within a million miles of the gym at BYU (NCAA Division I). I received a law degree in 1996 from Boston College Law School and moved to California to begin work as a law clerk to a federal bankruptcy judge in the Central Valley. When my clerkship ended, I took an associate attorney job at a big law firm in downtown San Francisco and spent my time representing creditor banks in large chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

In 1999, I left the law firm and opened my own law office, Pixton Law, in Oakland, California. Since then, I have personally wiped out somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million of debts for my clients. I enjoy what I do. It is a great feeling to help people get a new start.

I also ride my bicycle–a lot. I spend a lot of time riding up and down the Oakland Hills. I rode the Death Ride every year from 2005 to 2012. I’ve done just about every ride in the Bay Area and in Northern California. I love to ride El Tour de Tucson in November. I rode STP (Seattle to Portland) in 2010 and finished all 200 miles in one day. Cycling keeps me young and sane–sort of.

I am the father of four great kids who keep me busy. The best description of our home when they’re all present is–LOUD! After cycling, the family’s favorite sport is water polo. We’ve found that swimming wears kids out and worn out kids go to bed earlier.

My youngest child Porter and I along with Porter’s mom Jennifer are all cancer survivors. Porter was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004. I was diagnosed with lymphoma in the same year. Jen was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008. Gratefully, we all survived and retain a soft spot in our hearts for those who have lost loved ones to these terrible diseases. We support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.