James Edward Mahoney Obituary (2021) Los Angeles Times

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July 16, 1940 – September 18, 2021 We mourn the loss of our dear husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague, Jim Mahoney, who passed away on September 18, 2021, at the age of 81. Jim was an amazing advocate, a passionate leader, a great mentor and most of all an exceptional family man. He was laudatory, honest, kind, humorous and had a penchant for making everyone he knew feel good about themselves. Jim was born on July 16, 1940, in Schenectady, New York to Louise Jamieson and Chauncey Hodges. After his mother’s marriage to Howard Mahoney in 1954, the family moved to Long Beach, California. Jim graduated from Long Beach Wilson High School in 1959 and California State University, Long Beach, in 1963 with a degree in Philosophy. He was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity where he made lifelong friends. Jim went on to receive his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1966. Jim was a consummate lawyer and an advocate for Hastings. He served for 24 years on the Hastings Board of Directors, appointed by Governor Deukmejian in 1985 and reappointed by Governor Wilson in 1997. He served as Board President for two terms, ushering the school through a period of extraordinary growth. In 2010 Hastings honored him, noting that, “Few people have contributed to UC Hastings as tirelessly and generously as James Mahoney.” Although Jim went Emeritus in 2010, he remained active in a myriad of activities at the College. He served as a Trustee on the Hastings Foundation Board of Trustees and, in addition to his own generous gifts to the school, he oversaw multiple fundraising campaigns. In 2021, Hastings honored Jim for his dedication and renamed the Dean’s Conference Room to the Josephine and James Mahoney Conference Room.Legal education was always of special interest to Jim. He was the past chairperson of the Continuing Education of the Bar Committee and the Youth Education Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and a member of The Association of Business Trial Lawyers and The Maritime Law Association of the United States. In 2018 and 2019, he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.After graduation from Hastings, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the firm of Fletcher and Rauch, eventually Fetcher, Rauch and Mahoney. In 1997 he founded the firm of Mahoney, Coppenrath, Jaffe, and Pearson. Jim specialized in commercial transactions, real estate and commercial litigation and maintained a practice in maritime law. Jim was a straight shooter with his clients. If he didn’t think litigation would benefit them, he would devise other options for consideration. He was excellent at making deals happen and settling cases. The consummate relationship builder, Jim was always networking and making career changing introductions. In 2006 he joined Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl and Jones and remained of counsel until his death. Jim was a man of endless energy and endless generosity. He always made time to help anyone who asked him for it, and he did it with a smile on his face. He loved to share his personal gifts with everyone. Throughout his amazing career, he raised a beautiful family with his wife of 57 years, Josephine, at his side. He loved to travel and learn about the world. He took his family and friends on amazing vacations. He loved to sail, and he loved the water. You could often find him captaining a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands, Tahiti, The West Indies and Baja California or kicking back with a beer and book on the deck of a houseboat on Lake Powell. He traveled all over the world and some if his favorite trips were in Greece, Africa, New Zealand and Croatia. He felt blessed to be able to share his adventures with his family and friends and was always looking forward to his next adventure.He is survived by his wife Josephine, son Scott, daughter Elizabeth Eberhard, son-in-law Armin Eberhard, and grandchildren Jacob, Ryan, and Catie Eberhard and Brisa and Maya Mahoney. He will be remembered as a gracious host, quick witted, charming, full of life and full of love. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries at 11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Funeral services will be private.

Published by Los Angeles Times on Oct. 10, 2021.

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