James W. Beck

James W. Beck

James is recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Washington by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers publication. He has substantial experience representing individuals and families in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, victims of sexual abuse, wrongful termination, and sexual harassment and discrimination, and he prosecutes cases for many returning U.S service members who face discrimination or retaliation in the workplace.

After graduating first in his law school class, James began his legal career as a clerk for the former Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court before entering private practice. Beyond his substantial trial experience, James has briefed and argued multiple appeals, including cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.

James is a leader in the plaintiffs’ bar and the legal profession. He is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice’s Board of Governors, currently serving as the 2020­-2021 Treasurer. James is also a Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative for the Western District of Washington.  

When he’s not working, James enjoys hiking and skiing with his wife, who works as a local primary care physician, and their three adventurous children.

Education

J.D., Georgia State University, 2003
Graduated first in class
summa cum laude
B.S., Ecology, University of Georgia, 1999

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Washington State Bar Association
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Member of Washington State Association for Justice Association
Member of Washington Employment Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice

Professional History

Law Clerk Extern to the Honorable Marvin H. Shoob, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Law Clerk to the Honorable Gerry L. Alexander, Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court
Member of GTH Board of Directors – 2010 – 2015; 2018
Master and Board Member for Robert J. Bryan Inns of Court
Board Member Washington State for Justice Association
Washington State for Justice Association Foundation Amicus Committee Member
Served on Washington State Bar Association Amicus Committee
Served on Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Committee

Honors & Awards

Selected for the 2016-2020 Washington Super Lawyer lists