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About me

I am a lifelong resident of the South sound region. Growing up in the small fishing town of Westport Washington, I understand the needs of my clients. 


With nearly three decades of experience and over 6,000 cases filed, I have the skills and knowledge to get results for my clients. For convenience I have offices in both Tacoma and Olympia. Many of my clients do not realize the potential relief bankruptcy may provide for either themselves or their business until they consult with me.


I also routinely provide consultation and advice for attorneys throughout Western Washington on bankruptcy issues and the impact of bankruptcy on other areas of law.




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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 60%
    27 years, 4.29 thousand cases
  2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 40%
    27 years, 1.84 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Jonathan Alexander Sprouffske

    Jim is a well established bankruptcy attorney in the Pierce County area. He is well respected by his peers, and is a great asset for clients and other attorneys.


    Jonathan Sprouffske Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Richard D. Granvold

    I endorse this lawyer. Many persons attempt to contact a bankruptcy attorney without asking how long have they practiced, do they practice both chapter 7 and 13, how many cases have they filed, are you good.. Mr. Dart does practice all chapters, provides great advice and I have referred clients to him over the years when they want local attorney or because of conflict of interest, etc. I would use him myself if needed! You will be well advised and informed and represented if you employ Mr. Dart!


    Richard Granvold Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1944 Pacific Ave Ste 307
Tacoma, WA, 98402-3121


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerShoemaker & Dart, P.S., INC2010 - Present
PrincipalLaw Offices of James F. Dart2005 - 2010
Senior PartnerMiller & Dart, PS, Inc.1997 - 2005
PartnerRovi, Miller, Orlando & Helbling1991 - 1995
AssociateLaw Offices of David A. Yando1986 - 1990
ExternUnited States Bankruptcy Court for The Honorable Robert W. Skidmore1985 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2011 - Present
Mary Bridge Festival of TreesSponsor2010 - 2013
Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor SectionExecutive Committee Member2004 - 2005
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember1992 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor SectionMember1986 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationBankruptcy for Non-bankruptcy Practitioners2013
Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationUnfair discrimination in Chapter 13N/A
National Bankruptcy Institute CLENuts and Bolts of BankruptcyN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of Puget SoundBusinessBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Kitsap Legal Services CLEBankruptcy & Family Law2014
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association CLEBankruptcy Basics2013
Unfair Discrimination Between Classes and ClaimsBankruptcyN/A
Understanding the New Bankruptcy LawBankruptcyN/A
Nuts and Bolts of BankruptcyBankruptcyN/A