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Jeffrey Allen James

Jeffrey Allen James

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor

About Me


Jeffrey A. James is a shareholder with SEBRIS BUSTO JAMES. 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.


Practice Focus



  • Litigation

  • Discrimination

  • Business Torts

  • Wage and Hour

  • Reasonable Accommodation

  • Hiring/Firing

  • Labor Relations

  • Employment Contracts

  • Retaliation

  • Restrictive covenants

  • Reductions in Force (RIF) and WARN Compliance

  • Confidentiality and Trade Secrets

  • Unemployment Compensation

  • Personnel Policies

  • Safety and Health


Professional & Community Activities


Jeff has been actively involved in federal, state, and local bar associations for over two decades. 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 on the Technology Subcommittee and the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Subcommittee. In 2007 he was elected to the King County Bar Association Board of Trustees to serve a three year term.


Jeff has been repeatedly named as a "Super Lawyer" byWashington 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 is also a professional guitarist and high-performance driving instructor in his spare time.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Employment & Labor: 100%
    27 years

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • John Fisher

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    John Fisher Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John L Comstock

    Jeff James is an exceptional practitioner, especially in the area of employment defense, where his depth of expertise is unparalleled. He also plays a mean guitar.

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    John Comstock Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

14205 Se 36th St Ste 325
Bellevue, WA, 98006-1505

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive198807/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyer in Washington state 2010Law and Politics magazine2010
The Best Lawyers in America 2010Best Lawyers2010
Super Lawyer in Washington state 2009Law and Politics magazine2009
The Best Lawyers in America 2009Best Lawyers2009
Super Lawyer in Washington state 2008Law and Politics magazine2008
Avvo Top Employment/Labor LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
The Best Lawyers in America 2008Best Lawyers2008
Best Lawyers in Seattle 2007, Labor and Employment LawSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2007
The Best Lawyers in America 2007Best Lawyers2007
Super Lawyer in Washington state 2007Law and Politics magazine2007
The Best Lawyers in America 2006Best Lawyers2006
Super Lawyer in Washington state 2006Law and Politics magazine2006
Best Lawyers in Seattle 2006, Labor and Employment LawSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2006
Super Lawyer in Washington state 2005Law and Politics magazine2005
The Best Lawyers in America 2005Best Lawyers2005
The Best Lawyers in America 2004Best Lawyers2004
Super Lawyer in Washington state 2004Law and Politics magazine2004
Super Lawyer in Washington state 2003Law and Politics magazine2003
The Best Lawyers in America 2003Best Lawyers2003
The Best Lawyers in America 2002Best Lawyers2002
AV Peer RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
Rising Star in Washington state 2002Law and Politics magazine2002

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderSebris Busto James1994 - Present
N/ABogle & Gates1988 - 1994

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law SectionExecutive Committee1988 - 2007
Washington Defense Trial Lawyers - Employment Law Committeeformer Chair1988 - 2007
Washington Bar Association, Intellectual Property SectionMember1988 - 2007
King County Bar Association, Labor and Employment SectionMember1988 - 2007
King County Bar Association Board of TrusteesMember1988 - 2007
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment SectionMember1988 - 2007
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Employment Rights and Responsibilities CommitteeMember1988 - 2007
American Bar Association, Technology subcommitteeMember1988 - 2007

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Employment Law NotesWill Employers Be Left Holding the Check? "Card Check" Legislation Raises Concerns for Employers2007
Employment Law NotesThe Corporate Survival Guide to Holiday Parties2006
Employment Law NotesDon't Get Caught by Your Release2006
Annual Employment Law Review2006 Labor & Employment Law Year in Review2006
Employment Law NotesRetaliation Claims - the Ticket to Trial2006
Annual Employment Law Review2005 Labor & Employment Law Year in Review2005
Employment Law NotesIndependent Consideration Is Required For Noncompete Agreements Entered Into After Employment Begins2004
Employment Law NotesThe Public Disclosure Act: New Restrictions on Access to Public Records2004
Annual Employment Law Review2004 Labor & Employment Law Year in Review2004
Employment Law NotesWhat Every Employer Should Know About USERRA2003
Employment Law NotesThe Continuing Evolution of the Duty to Reasonably Accommodate in Washington2003
Employment Law NotesSalary Basis Test Receives Much-Needed Attention2003
Annual Employment Law Review2003 Labor & Employment Law Year in Review2003
Annual Employment Law Review2002 Labor & Employment Law Year in Review2002
Employment Law NotesSexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Claims:2001
Employment Law NotesPayment on a Salary Basis Under the MWA Clarification Comes At Last2000
Employment Law NotesNew Ergonomic Rules Are Coming Your Way1999

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle UniversityN/AJD1988
Western Washington UniversityN/ABA1984

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Progressive Business Audio ConferencesIndependent Contractor or Employee? Ways to protect yourself against improper classification and unintended consequences2008
Washington State Bar Association CLEManaging Your Legal Career2007
Seventh Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceLabor and Employment Law2007
Washington Council of School AttorneysLabor and Employment Law2006
Sixth Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferenceLabor and Employment Law2006
Federal Case Law UpdateLabor and Employment Law2006
2006 Annual Winter MeetingLabor and Employment Law2006
Tech & Trade SecretsThere Must Be 50 Ways to Leave Your Employer2005
Seven Deadly Sins CLENavigating The Hidden Dangers Of The Hiring Process2005
Seminars InternationalLaw and Trade Secrets in Employment Law2005
Brown Bag LunchTaxation of Settlement Payments2005
Best of CLELabor and Employment Law2005
WSBAWage and Hour Law2004