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Artful Negotiators. Aggressive Litigators.


If your matter involves a civil dispute, our attorneys will aggressively advocate at every stage of your lawsuit.  Our attorneys have a breadth of experience in various civil litigation matters and are just as comfortable in the courtroom as we are using alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation or arbitration.  Our attorneys are skilled at reaching creative, pragmatic solutions to even the most complex disputes. Practicing attorneys:  David Becker, Crystal Center, Kevin James


Our attorneys have a breadth of experience in real estate matters ranging from complex title issues, boundary line disputes, easement disputes and drafting, landlord-tenant issues, residential and commercial non-disclosures, homeowner’s association issues, and purchase/sale agreements.  In addition to our attorneys’ real estate specific experience, Becker Nelson Center & James is also able to advise clients on business and estate planning matters, which often intersect with many real estate disputes and transactions. Practicing attorneys: David Becker, Crystal Center, Kevin James


Attorneys at our firm can assist at every stage of your business’s development—from entity formation to dissolution.  We also provide outside-counsel services to both small and mid-sized companies throughout Northern California.  Our attorneys draft contracts, advise on internal corporate and LLC management (including buy/sell agreements), represent companies and shareholders in business disputes, provide advice on dissolution, and manage the purchase or sale of a business.  Becker Nelson Center & James’ experience in real estate and estate planning ensures a holistic approach to any business dispute or transaction. Practicing attorneys: David Becker, Crystal CenterKevin James


Our business expertise extends to labor and employment law.  We provide outside-counsel services to small and mid-sized companies throughout Northern California, including expert guidance regarding compliance with the state and federal Labor Codes, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and health and safety regulations. Our attorneys can advise and resolve or litigate employment disputes. Kevin James


A typical estate plan may include a variety of instruments such as a Last Will and Testament, Trust, Power of Attorney, Legal Guardianship documents, and healthcare-related planning documents (Advance Directive, Healthcare Power of Attorney, etc).  A properly prepared and executed estate plan ensures that your wishes are respected and eases the burden on your loved ones.  It may also reduce the tax liability on your estate and avoid the lengthy and costly probate process.  Advanced methods of estate planning may protect your assets for future generations from claims by creditors like those encountered in lawsuits or divorce situations.  Becker Nelson Center & James can assist you in formulating a customized estate plan. Practicing attorney: Laura R, Nelson-Becker


Trust and estate litigation is governed by the probate courts in California and, like all litigation, is a highly complex process. Litigation is a time consuming, costly, and emotionally draining process.  Becker Nelson Center & James can help you assess the need for litigation and guide you through the sensitive decision to pursue your case in court. We will honestly and thoroughly advise you as to likely outcomes at trial and the potential alternative avenues of resolving your legal issues. We can handle all aspects of your case if you chose to litigate, and will aggressively pursue your rights. Practicing attorney: Laura R. Nelson-Becker


Probate administration is a detailed process governed by state law and supervised by the court.  Becker Nelson Center & James represents individuals and families who have lost loved ones and need to settle their loved ones' affairs through probate in California.  We can also assess the need for a probate administration and advise you as to the use of simplified procedures where possible.  We would love to help you navigate the law and guide you through this difficult process. Practicing attorneys: Laura R. Nelson-Becker


Becker Nelson Center & James represents victims of automobile accidents in pursuit of their bodily injury claims. We handle all aspects of your claim so you can focus on your health and recovery. Our firm aggressively negotiates for the best settlement and is prepared to litigate your case when settlement is not advantageous. Practicing attorneys: Laura R. Nelson-Becker

Practice Areas

Becker Nelson Center & James provides legal services to individuals and business clients throughout Northern California.  From our office in Downtown Placerville, we handle legal matters involving real estate, business, labor and employment, estate planning and administration, probate and trust litigation, civil litigation, family law, and personal injury.


Given the breadth of our attorneys' experience, Becker Nelson Center & James is uniquely positioned in El Dorado County to effectively represent a broad range of clients in a variety of civil matters.



David Becker, Attorney, Becker Nelson Center & James


David brings thirty years of legal research, client concern and litigation skills that provide economy and efficiency to all sorts of legal matters.  He has represented thousands of plaintiffs and defendants and has served as a judge in hundreds of cases.  This breadth of experience helps David provide reliable forecasts of case cost, timing, and outcome. 

Laura Rose Nelson, Attorney, Becker Nelson Center & James


Laura practices almost exclusively in the field of estate planning, trust and probate law.  She prides herself on the value of her services and her record of success in litigation.  Laura says that her favorite aspect of practicing law is the ability to bring her clients peace and comfort by being their calm in times of difficulty.

Crystal M. Center, Attorney, Becker Nelson Center & James


Crystal has a unique background and diverse experience that allows her to connect with a wide variety of clients. Crystal’s approach is to first listen - treating every client with her full attention and respect. She will then get to work to find a solution tailored to her clients’ needs. Crystal is a tireless advocate for her clients, but she is down to earth, honest, and empathetic.

Kevin A. James, Attorney, Becker Nelson Center & James

Kevin’s approach to the practice of law is client-centered.  He strives to simplify the lives of his clients in an increasingly complex world.  His breadth of experience in both the real estate and business arenas gives him the ability to distill down complicated situations to achieve his client’s unique goals.


Our Pledge to You, our Client


Our attorneys will promptly respond to client calls and emails, and be on time for all appointments.



We want our clients to find value in every dollar spent on our legal services.


Your needs and goals will always be our first priority.




You get honest, thoughtful legal advice in every situation.



263 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667

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