Jim serves as Of Counsel to Mix Sanders Thompson, PLLC. He brings over 35 years of legal experience to the firm. After defending ship owners, contractors, and insurance defense clients in Alaska, Jim moved to Olympia, Washington, where he became an Assistant Attorney General. While at the AGO, Jim led trial teams in unit valuation cases against first-class railroads, telephones and electric utilities, where the appellate courts affirmed the State’s valuation methodologies. Jim also defended the Washington State Ferries and tried numerous employment, tort, and civil rights cases to favorable verdicts.
Jim has also served as a managing attorney for an insurance company and maintained his own practice where he defended transit companies, counties and states in property tax, tort, and civil rights claims. Most recently, Jim was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office where he defended the County in tort, civil rights, and public records cases.
In addition to practicing law, Jim was instrumental in developing the paralegal program at South Puget Sound Community College, where he taught for twenty-four years. He also created and presented at more than forty employee training seminars, paralegal programs and attorney continuing legal education seminars. Before becoming an attorney, Jim was a merchant seaman and later a transportation manager in Alaska during the construction of the Alaska pipeline.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Florida, B.A. and M.Ed., and the University of Puget Sound, J.D. He is admitted to practice in numerous state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Currently, Jim lives in Sequim, Washington with his fiancée where they enjoy sailing, gardening and crabbing.