also known as Jim Hicks
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.
Hourly ($280/hour), contingent (24-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (20 minutes)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Moot Court||University of Virginia School of Law||2004|
|Arbitrator||King County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Program||2013 - Present|
|Attorney||Clement & Drotz, PLLC||2014 - 2015|
|Attorney||Private Practice||2013 - 2014|
|Associate||Levy - von Beck & Associates, P.S.||2004 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Washington State Bar Association||Hearing Officer||2014 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||2010 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Freeman v. JDA||After 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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|Firm website||New Washington Cases||2010|
|Stockholm Declaration and Law of the Marine Environment||Associate Editor||2003|
|University of Virginia School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Fordham University||English Language and Literature||MA - Masters||2001|
|United States Naval Academy||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1994|
|Owners retreat||Basic contract and lien law||2008|