James R. Morrison

Associate

Seattle
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James Morrison represents companies and individuals in commercial litigation, employment matters 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.

Prior to joining BakerHostetler, James interned with the United Nations at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. There, he 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.

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  • Represents clients in complex matters involving breach of contract, employment discrimination, wage and hour, employee benefits, disability law, commercial real estate, construction, securities, consumer protection, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, and many other areas of the law.
  • Represented a defense contractor in litigation by a former CEO who sued seeking severance benefits, claiming he was constructively terminated. After a multiweek trial in federal court, won the case with a defense verdict and acquired sanctions against the former CEO for destruction of evidence.
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Experience

  • Represents clients in complex matters involving breach of contract, employment discrimination, wage and hour, employee benefits, disability law, commercial real estate, construction, securities, consumer protection, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, and many other areas of the law.
  • Represented a defense contractor in litigation by a former CEO who sued seeking severance benefits, claiming he was constructively terminated. After a multiweek trial in federal court, won the case with a defense verdict and acquired sanctions against the former CEO for destruction of evidence.
  • Represented large companies from the energy, mortgage, retail and banking industries in internal investigations related to securities issues and foreign corrupt practices. 
  • Counseled a state business association regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Recognitions

  • Acritas Star (2016)

Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association

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. 

Services

Industries

Prior Positions

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

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Washington

Education

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2010; summa cum laude; Seattle University Law Review, Associate Editor; CALI Award for highest grade in the class: Legal Writing and Intellectual Property
  • B.A., Business Administration, University of Washington, 2005, cum laude