With over 35 years of legal experience under his belt as a practicing attorney, James is no stranger to the nuances of family law. Motivated to study law because of his desire to be able to offer legal support to his family and friends, James graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1983, and soon after began his notable legal career.
Raised in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon, James received his higher education in Portland before moving to Nevada, where he clerked in federal court, and worked as a civil and criminal deputy DA. It was upon his return to Oregon in 1989 that James began his own private practice, which included family law. Asked about the most meaningful aspect of practicing as a family law attorney, James credits the opportunity to be able to help clients achieve circumstances that are in the best interests of not only themselves, but their families.
When not consulting clients on their family law matter, you might find James spending time in his garden, practicing his woodwork, getting out for a day trip to go hiking, or enjoying sports—both as a participant, and a spectator. A family man at heart, James feels most at home when he is surrounded by the company of his family, including his two miniature dachshunds. As a person who sees great value in helping those around him, as well as being a resource for those who are in need, James references JFK when asked of a quote that resonates with him: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
- George Fox University, B.S.
- Willamette University College of Law, J.D.