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James M Shaker

James M Shaker

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Litigation, Probate

About Me

Jim chairs Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland’s Employment Rights, Benefits and Labor practice group. He counsels employers (regionally and internationally) and individuals on a wide variety of employment-related issues, including employment agreements and severance packages.



 


Jim represents clients with employment matters in a range of industries. These matters include:


 



  • Employment Discrimination and Harassment

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and other Administrative Complaints

  • Religious Accommodation


 


In addition to his employment practice, Jim handles complex litigation including the following:


 




  • Security matters- representing broker-dealers, investment advisors and public customers in various claims, including class actions, regulatory proceedings and customer claims.


  • Trusts and estate controversies- negotiating and litigating disputes, including will contests, and complaints against Trustees and Personal Representatives.


 


Before joining Ryan Swanson, Jim worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, in Washington, D.C.  He currently serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and has been named in Washington Law & Politics’ Super Lawyers® list.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Employment & Labor: 40%
  2. Litigation: 35%
  3. Probate: 25%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Leslie J Hagin

    He is a tough, but practical, adversary. I think his clients are very well-served, and lucky, to have him as their lawyer.

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    Leslie Hagin Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

1201 3rd Ave Ste 3400
Seattle, WA, 98101

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ORActive200307/18/2015
WAActive198307/06/2015
DCActive 197905/24/2015
CTActive197509/23/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Best LawyerSeattle Business Magazine2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberRyan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC1983 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
King County Bar Association, Labor and Employment SectionTrustee2007 - 2007
Federal Bar AssociationTrustee1999 - 2001
Pacific Coast Labor and Employment Conference Planning CommitteeMember1991 - Present

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
College of the Holy CrossN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Annual Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2011
Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2010
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2009
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2008
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2007
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2006
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2005
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2004
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2003
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2002
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2001
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law2000
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law1999
Winds Of Change Employment Law UpdateEmployment Law1998