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James F. Williams

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Perkins Coie LLP

James Williams is a partner in the firm's Litigation practice. He has been
trying cases and managing litigation for over 25 years as a government attorney
and a private practitioner. James graduated in 1985 from The Citadel in
Charleston, South Carolina, with honors, and earned his law degree in 1988 from
the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, he served in the
Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Air Force before moving to Seattle
and joining Perkins Coie in 1993. His practice involves complex business
litigation and civil trials (see a
sample opening statement), with a focus on contract disputes, mass torts
defense, corporate plaintiff asset recovery, consultant liability, consumer
protection and unfair business practices, trade secrets, bankruptcy court
adversary actions, and federal and state agency litigation.

James has
served on the firmwide Executive Committee and Associate Evaluation Committee,
and has chaired the firmwide Litigation Training Program, Community Service
Committee, Women and Minority Lawyers Committee, as well as the Seattle Office
United Way Campaign. 

Case History

  • Other Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


  • Listed in Corporate Counsel Edition of "Super Lawyers" in Business Litigation, 2008 - present
  • Listed in Seattle Business, “Best Lawyers in the Business,” 2012 - 2013
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Rising Stars,” 2000
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington’s Super Lawyers,” 2001 - present, and selected as one of "The Top 100 Super Lawyers"
  • Selected as a faculty member for “WSBA's Best of CLE 2004” based on instructor evaluations
  • Selected as a recipient of the 2013 Perkins Coie Annual Pro Bono Leadership Award for the Wilbur v. City of Mt. Vernon indigent right to counsel class action litigation
  • Selected as a recipient of The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement, 2010
  • Selected as the recipient of the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Mentor Award, 2012
  • Selected as the recipient of the Loren Miller Bar Association President's Award, 2008
  • Selected as the recipient of the WSBA President's Award, 2005
  • Selected by the ABA as a Business Law Ambassador, 2004 - 2006
  • Selected for “40 under 40,” a profile of young leaders in the business community demonstrating vision and innovation, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2002
  • Selected for membership in The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2007
  • Selected to serve Washington as an ABA House of Delegates Member, 2005 - 2011

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1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-359-3543
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation (Mass Tort)


  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.)
  • The Citadel (BA)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association — Member
  • Dwyer Inn of Court — Founding Member
  • King County Bar Association — Member
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Washington Legal Committee — Member
  • WSBA Leadership Institute (WLI), — Co-Chair
  • American Bar Insurance Plans Consultants, Inc., Board of Directors — Member
  • American Bar Association — Member