James Bulthuis


Professional Experience

James’s practice is devoted to civil litigation, including consumer protection, breach of contract, fraud, construction defect, eminent domain, real estate, personal injury, wrongful death, and business disputes. James takes a pragmatic approach to meet client needs, whether that be through an early resolution or prevailing at trial. James represents both plaintiffs and defendants, which offers insight to advise his clients on the likelihood of achieving their goals. He has taken cases to jury trials, arbitrations, and resolved scores of disputes at mediation. James works in both our Seattle and Spokane offices, representing clients across the state.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Willamette University School of Law
    • Editor, Willamette Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Willamette University, economics major


  • Washington State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer
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