Jeffrey A. James - Sebris Busto James

Jeffrey A. James

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001
Phone: 425-454-4233

Jeffrey A. James is a shareholder with SEBRIS BUSTO JAMES and the head of the firm's litigation group.  He has represented employers in labor and employment matters since 1988.  Jeff's practice focuses on helping employers comply with state, federal and local employment laws and defending employers when litigation arises.  He also prosecutes matters on behalf of employers seeking to enforce employment agreements, restrictive covenants, or other obligations.  Jeff is a trial and appellate attorney who has successfully represented clients in proceedings before state and federal courts at all levels, as well as before administrative agencies and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.  Jeff is a frequent speaker at legal and industry seminars on issues affecting the workplace. Jeff has been actively involved in federal, state, and local bar associations for over two decades.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Easter Districts of Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  He is the past-Secretary of the Executive Board of the Washington State Bar Association – Labor & Employment Law Section, and past- Chair of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers – Employment Law Committee.  He is also a member of the Washington Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section; the King County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section; and the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, where he serves as Management Co-Chair of the Technology Subcommittee/Employee Rights and Responsibilities Subcommittee.  He is a past member of the King County Bar Association Board of Trustees and past member of the Seattle Children’s Pediatric Bioethics Advisory Council. Jeff has been repeatedly named as a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Seattle.  He has received the highest possible peer review rating for competency and ethics (AV) by Martindale-Hubbell. He was named a 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Litigation - Seattle.

Western Washington UniversitySeattle University

Case History

Examples of Recent Litigation Experience


Washington v. Group Health Cooperative, King County Superior Court Case No. 13-2-19841-0.  Unanimous defense verdict for our client on all counts.  Plaintiff claimed his termination was the result of disability discrimination and for requesting reasonable accommodation.  Trial took 10 days.

 PR Connections, dba Dynamo Recruiting, Inc. vs. RBL Partners, Pierce County Cause No. 12-2-10769-1. Unanimous defense verdict for our client after 3-week jury trial, plus over $500,000 awarded on counterclaims for breach of contract, defamation, and tortious interference. Over $1M in fees and costs awarded post-trial as prevailing party.

Lodis v. Corbis Corporation, Case No.: 08-2-20301-8 SEA. Three separate jury trials totaling 10 weeks in trial. Unanimous defense verdicts for our clients on all of plaintiff's claims (age discrimination, retaliation, aiding and abetting), verdict on counterclaim against plaintiff for breach of his fiduciary duties, with an award of over $42,000 in damages; verdicts and positive evidentiary rulings upheld on appeal.

Andrews v. Harrison Medical Center, Kitsap County Superior Court Case No. 07-2-01630-1. Two-week jury trial involving claim for marital status discrimination following remand from the Washington State Court of Appeals, Div. II, overturning grant of summary judgment. Jury returned a unanimous defense verdict for our client after deliberating for little over an hour.

Office Location

14205 Southeast Thirty-Sixth Street, Suite 325
Bellevue, WA 98006
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Labor and Employment of the Seattle Metro Area
Jeffrey A. James has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male