James R. Morrison

Associate

Seattle
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Overview

James Morrison represents companies and individuals in commercial litigation, employment matters, data privacy, class actions and internal investigations. Placing client needs at the forefront of his practice, James ensures that his clients are fully informed and understand all aspects of the issues with which they are presented, as well as the solutions that he develops.

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  • Represents clients in complex civil matters involving data privacy, breach of contract, ERISA, insurance, commercial real estate, insurance bad faith, HIPAA, healthcare, securities, consumer protection, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and many other areas of the law.
  • Experienced in employment matters involving discrimination, medical leave, compliance, policy drafting, disability, wage and hour, taxes, noncompetition and severance.
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Experience

  • Represents clients in complex civil matters involving data privacy, breach of contract, ERISA, insurance, commercial real estate, insurance bad faith, HIPAA, healthcare, securities, consumer protection, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and many other areas of the law.
  • Experienced in employment matters involving discrimination, medical leave, compliance, policy drafting, disability, wage and hour, taxes, noncompetition and severance.
  • Represented defense contractor in litigation by former CEO who sued seeking severance benefits, claiming he was constructively terminated. After multi-week trial in federal court, won the case with a favorable verdict and acquired sanctions against the former CEO for destruction of evidence.
  • Obtained favorable ruling as first chair counsel in arbitration representing Fortune 10 company.
  • Special Assistant Attorney General representing public university in data privacy putative class action.
  • Counseled a state business association regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Represented large companies from the energy, mortgage, retail and banking industries in internal investigations related to securities issues and foreign corrupt practices. 
  • Interned with the United Nations at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. There, James worked with the judges on the genocide trial of Radovan Karadžić, the president of the Serbian breakaway state in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Bosnian Civil War.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Acritas Star (2016)

Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

Publications

Alerts

Pro Bono

  • Represented a Guatemalan minor detained at the U.S./Mexican border in a removal proceeding for deportation. The removal proceeding was dismissed, and the minor was confirmed as a permanent U.S. resident. 

Prior Positions

  • UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia: Judicial Intern (2009)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Washington

Education

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2010; summa cum laude; Seattle University Law Review, Associate Editor
  • B.A., Business Administration, University of Washington, 2005, cum laude