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James S. Bostwick Nominated for Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

James S. Bostwick, partner at Bostwick & Peterson, was nominated for the 2020 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his debut novel, Acts of Omission. The Prize is awarded annually to a published work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change. Harper Lee established the Prize in 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Previous Prize winners include novelists such as John Grisham, Michael Connelly and Sharon Bala.

Jim used his vast experience as a medical malpractice and personal injury lawyer to provide a rare glimpse into the world of civil trial lawyers, what motivates them, the enormous risks they take, and the choices that define them professionally and personally. Bostwick is rated among the Top 4 Trial Lawyers by the California Bar Journal. He is also featured in Newsweek, Town and Country, and Forbes as one of America’s top trial lawyers.

Acts of Omission is a searing tale of a legal system gone awry, where greed and power fight an unending battle against a young lawyer’s willingness to risk everything in his quest for justice.

The book has received exceptional reviews, such as this one by Walter H. Walker III, best selling author of The Crime of Privilege-

“This is a book that should be read by every trial lawyer, everyone who wants to be a trial lawyer, and everyone who wonders what it takes to be a trial lawyer. Bostwick spins a powerful, informative tale drawn from real life. The courtroom scenes leap off the page and will have the reader cheering for justice.”

Acts of Omission is set in the Bay Area introducing us to Matt Taylor–a down on his luck personal injury lawyer who has lost his wife and a string of cases. His next trial needs to be an easy win. Instead he is embroiled in a complicated lawsuit up against a powerful attorney with dubious connections. Matt pulls out all the stops to uncover the truth and right a horrific legal wrong. Acts of Omission chronicles a multi-million-dollar battle of wills, intrigue, and brutality that could cost Matt everything, including his life.

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