After growing up near Memphis, Tennessee, James Buckley served two years in the Vietnam War and was awarded various medals for his service, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He then went on to study at Memphis State University and the University of Washington, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. In 1977 he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon Law School.
Subsequent to graduating from law school, Mr. Buckley worked for three years as a prosecuting attorney in Olympia. Beginning in 1981, he worked as an associate attorney in private practice, and became a partner in a law firm. Mr. Buckley opened Buckley & Associates in Tacoma in 1983.
Today Mr. Buckley continues his legal education by attending seminars and conferences. His emphasis is as a trial lawyer handling serious injuries and wrongful death matters. He is also a hearing examiner with the Washington State Bar Association and serves as an arbitrator for King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
His proudest accomplishments are being a father of three children and building and maintaining a successful law firm.