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James' practice focuses exclusively on family law litigation and mediation, although he has represented parties in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters throughout his legal career. He is an experienced litigator, having tried cases in both State and Federal Court. James assists clients with complex marital dissolutions, including those of high net worth individuals, often involving business valuations and estate issues. James favors a team approach, which is client-centered and cost-effective.
James is an experienced family law mediator and assists parties through mediation and arbitration to resolve their disputes. James is also trained and experienced in Collaborative Law.
James' practice includes a wide-range of family law matters, including:
In Re Marriage of Pennamen, 135 Wash. App. 790, 146 P.3d 466 (2006)
Articles and Presentations
Co-presenter, "Art and Science of Parenting Plans – High Conflict, Abusive Use of Conflict, and Parallel Parenting," Compass Collaborative Practice Group, September 2013
Speaker, "Dealing With A Rambo Litigator in Divorce," National Business Institute, April 2013
Speaker, "Taxes: Marriage Equality vs. Federal DOMA," QLaw, April 2013
Speaker, "Modern Family: Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)," Family Law CLE, March 2013
Speaker, “Financial Divorce Settlements from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, December 6, 2011
Speaker, “Settling the Score: Money Matters in Divorce,” National Business Institute, February 2008
Speaker, “Ethics and Professionalism in Family Law Discovery Practice,” King County Bar Association, December 2008
Professional and Civic Involvement
Seattle University School of Law/King County Bar Association - Domestic Violence Clinic, Volunteer Attorney
King County Volunteer Family Law Settlement Conference Program - Master Attorney/Volunteer Mediator
King County Bar Association Family Law Mentor Program - Attorney Mentor
QLaw: The GLBT Bar Association of Washingto - Board Member
QLaw Foundation - President and Board Member
Highline Community College - Adjunct Instructor, Paralegal Program
California State University, Los Angeles - Adjunct Professor, Business Law
Washington State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics and Thomson Reuters' Washington Super Lawyers
J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1998
Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition
Seattle University School of Law Moot Court Vice-Chair
Inns of Court
Order of the Barristers
CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Constitutional Law
B.S., California State University, Los Angeles, Finance, 1995
Washington State Courts
Washington Tribal Court for Tulalip/Northwest Intertribal Court System (NICS)
California State Courts
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
I returned to Seattle a number of years ago and enjoy being in one of the greatest cities in the world. I try to spend as much time as possible with my large extended family in the area.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, house remodels, working out, and paddle sports.. I spend some time in the garden attempting to control various species of bamboo and ivy from taking over the world, and keep trying to learn to cook with little success, although my cookbook collection is impressive.