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James D. Pirtle represents clients in all aspects of international human rights, equal protection, civil litigation, appellate practice, cross-border litigation, and criminal defense. His cases include international human rights defense, war crimes, civil and criminal state and federal appeals, civil litigation, cross-border cases, and criminal defense. He is part of the landmark legal team on the Thomas Kwoyelo trial in Uganda. James is licensed in Washington, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, and takes cases pro hac vice in Africa. James is a former naval aviator who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Western Washington University and his Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law. While in law school, James studied international bioethics and international war crimes in Ireland and the Czech Republic. James is a world traveler, enjoys boating, and is an aficionado of spicy food.



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Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. International Law: 50%



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Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • M. Varn Chandola

    While James earned his rising star status as a personal injury lawyer, he is to my knowledge the first attorney to actually win a human rights case in an African Court (Uganda). He has established a war crimes blog and is dedicated to maintaining his reputation as a trial and trailblazing attorney in international law especially in the area concerning human rights in Africa. One will be lucky to have James on their side.


    M. Chandola DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Alicia Kikuchi

    James is hard-working, compassionate, and tenacious. He puts his clients' interests first and does all he can to achieve the best possible outcome.


    Alicia Kikuchi Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Po Box 51008
Seattle, WA, 98115-1008



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2013 Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2013
Pro Bono Service AwardWashington State Bar Association2009
National Order of the BarristersNational Order of the Barristers2005
Golden Gavel AwardSeattle University School of Law2005
Golden Gavel AwardSeattle University School of Law2004
National Environmental Law Moot Court CompetitionPace University School of Law2004
Best Brief and Best Oralist - Jessup Int LawSeattle University School of Law2004
CALI Excellence for the Future AwardSeattle University School of Law2004
William L. Dwyer American Inn of CourtWilliam L. Dwyer American Inn of Court2004
Good Conduct MedalUnited States Navy1997
Sharpshooter Pistol RibbonUnited States Navy1995
National Defense MedalUnited States Navy1994
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPirtle Ferguson PLLC2010 - Present
OwnerSentinel Law Group PLLC2006 - Present
AttorneyWiener & Lambka, P.S.2009 - 2010
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Association for JusticeMember2007 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2006 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Eisele v. BondJudgment in favor of Plaintiff
Complaint Against the Republic of Uganda - In the African Commission on Human and Peoples' RightsPending
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Publication NameTitleDate
Washington State Bar NewsEqual Protection and War Crimes2012
Seattle WeeklyLittle Kony2012
Seattle University School of Law LAWYERGraduate Represents Accused Ugandan War Criminal2012
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawN/AJuris Doctorate2005
Western Washington UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
FundraiserInternational Human Rights2013
Seattle University Moot Court BoardTrial and Appellate AdvocacyN/A