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Michael B. Ijams

Michael B. Ijams


Modesto Office 209-576-0111 Vcard Email

Areas of Focus:

Mr. Ijams has advised clients for over 40 years in business and civil litigation matters.  His practice includes business, real estate, and civil litigation, contract and real property law, advising businesses, corporations, and partnerships.

Representative Cases

  • Representation of building owner in construction defect litigation
  • Representation of corporation in action for breach of long-term agricultural lease
  • Representation of boards of Nonprofit Religious Corporations in disputes regarding bylaws and church governance
  • Representation of trustee in trust administration litigation
  • Representation of limited partner in derivative action and dissolution of limited partnership with multiple real estate holdings
  • Representation of manufacturer in UCC breach of contract litigation with customer
  • Representation of grower in litigation over farm labor contracts


  • Born and raised in Modesto, California
  • Married, with two adult daughters
  • Interests include bicycling, reading, photography, and college football (especially UC Davis), but most of all, wife Anne, daughters Katie and Chrissy, and daughter-in-law Christina, and son-in-law Cole

Professional Admissions

  • All California state courts
  • United States District Court, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Activities / Memberships

  • State Bar of California, 1978 – present (Member, Litigation and Business Law Sections)
  • Stanislaus County Bar Association
  • Wray Ladine Inn of Court
  • Modesto Rotary Club (Co-Chair, Outstanding Citizenship Committee)
  • Board Member of Community Hospice, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides hospice care to patients and their families in Stanislaus, Merced, and San Joaquin Counties
  • Modesto Quarterback Club, a non-profit organization that supports local high school football programs
  • St. Joseph's Catholic Church (Vice Chair, Building Committee)
  • UC Davis Alumni Association


  • University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 1978
  • University of California, Davis, B.A., Political Science, 1974

Representative Matters

  • Representation of bank in real estate loan restructuring agreement
  • Representation of trustee/beneficiary in distribution of trust holding multiple parcels of farmland