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James D Hicks

James D Hicks

also known as Jim Hicks

Practice areas:

Construction & Development, Insurance, Litigation, Residential, Employment & Labor

About Me

Hello, and thank you for reviewing my profile.  I'm a trial attorney licensed to practice in Washington and Oregon.  My litigation practice focuses on construction defects, property damage, insurance, construction lien foreclosures, commercial collections, real estate, and general business and employment disputes.  I have extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants.  My clients include property owners, condominium and other homeowner associations, developers, contractors, material suppliers, and small and medium-size business owners.  I have successfully guided my clients through mediation, arbitration, and all phases of litigation, including trial.  I also serve as an Arbitrator in the Mandatory Arbitration programs for King, Kitsap, Thurston, and Clallam Counties.


Prior to becoming an attorney, I was an officer in the U.S. Navy.  While a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), I drove ships, managed weapon systems, supervised refueling and small boat operations, inspected engineering plants, oversaw government contracts, taught ROTC, and coached sailing.


I'm a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and I have a masters degree from Fordham University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Construction & Development: 50%
    10 years, 90 cases
  2. Litigation: 20%
    10 years, 160 cases
  3. Insurance: 20%
    10 years, 90 cases
  4. Residential: 6%
    10 years, 40 cases
  5. Employment & Labor: 4%
    10 years, 20 cases



Hourly ($280/hour), Contingent (24-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (20 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Nathan Furman

    I met Jim working on different sides of a construction defect case. He is a skilled and effective litigator, and obtained a good result for his clients.


    Nathan Furman Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Joseph Lars Rockne

    Mr. Hicks was an opposing counsel in a matter. He was professional and very workmanlike in his approach. I am happy to refer matters to him.


    Joseph Rockne Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Clement & Drotz, PLLC

Pier 70
2801 Alaskan Way, Ste 300
Seattle, WA, 98121




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Moot CourtUniversity of Virginia School of Law2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyClement & Drotz, PLLC2014 - Present
ArbitratorKing County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Program2013 - Present
AttorneyPrivate Practice2013 - 2014
AssociateLevy - von Beck & Associates, P.S.2004 - 2012


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationHearing Officer2014 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2010 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Freeman v. JDAAfter 6-day trial in King County Superior Court, awarded foreclosure of construction lien and judgment for 100% recovery of all damages sought, plus attorney's fees award, costs, and dismissal of all counterclaims.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Firm websiteNew Washington Cases2010
Stockholm Declaration and Law of the Marine EnvironmentAssociate Editor2003


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Fordham UniversityEnglish Language and LiteratureMA - Masters2001
United States Naval AcademyN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1994

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Owners retreatBasic contract and lien law2008