Executive Staff - Chief Counsel

Chief Counsel

James Spurling, Chief Counsel

James Casey Spurling was appointed Chief Counsel to the Office of the Inspector General by Governor Jerry Brown on March 5, 2012.

Prior to his appointment, Spurling served as Assistant Chief Counsel to the Department of Personnel Administration from 2006 to 2012 and as an Industrial Relations Counsel (Specialist) with the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement from 2001 to 2006. Before joining the state, he practiced law in the private sector as a litigation specialist, primarily in the fields of personal injury, product liability, insurance and labor and employment.

Spurling received his Juris Doctor degree from the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has also served as a Temporary Judge in the Sacramento County Superior Court since 1996.