James joined Lindsay Hart in 2005. He practices maritime law in a number of different areas including Jones Act defense, cargo and shipping disputes, longshore and harbor worker claims, maritime construction and contract disputes.
In his professional liability work, James has achieved positive results through his vigorous advocacy for professionals in malpractice suits. In the maritime arena he works with a number of maritime employers in defending claims under the general maritime law and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. He also provides legal advice to business on contractual issues, oversight and internal governance.
After earning his undergraduate degree, James traveled to India to work in Calcutta. When he returned, he taught kindergarten in Los Angeles before earning his law degree from the University of Oregon, where he was a member of the law review and a Wayne Morse Fellow. After law school, he was a clerk at the Oregon Court of Appeals for the Honorable Virginia L. Linder. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar, the Washington State Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the Western District of Washington and the Ninth Circuit.