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James M. Bendell

Personal injury Attorney at Post Falls, ID

5.0   7 reviews

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James treats each client with individualized and focused attention in order to assist them in achieving their goals in whatever legal difficulty they may be facing. He maintains close communication with his clients and, through the cloud case management system he uses, he sends clients documents received or prepared by him on the same day, thereby avoiding the delays in the postal mail system.

Attorney James Bendell graduated from Rutgers Law School after completing his Batchelor's Degree at the College of William and Mary. After working two years as a prosecutor, he worked for 16 years as a litigator, trying lawsuits for insurance companies. His practice is now devoted to handling disputes and litigation in a wide variety of civil and criminal law.

While working as an attorney, he also served part-time as a Superior Court Commission and Judge Pro Tem.

James has over 35 years of trial experience, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal cases, and has ruled on cases in a judicial capacity. When not practicing law I enjoy time with my family and outdoor pursuits such as fishing and hunting.

Licensed for 31 years
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 01/19/2023
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1991
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Bendell Law Firm
1810 E. Schneidmiller Avenue, Suite 140
Post Falls, ID, 83854


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Posted by Stephen Brady | December 27, 2012
Got the job done everytime I called
Jim has represented me for 12 years. Because of the nature of my work (Investigations) I needed the best. He made sure I dotted every I and crossed every T. He dealt with every legal challange that came my way. He is a fighter and always got the job done
Posted by Lisa | October 3, 2012
Impeccable Attorney!
Jim kept us well informed of our case at all times. He was very knowledgeable in all aspects of Probate Law. Jim was very comforting to us with his knowledge we were so thankful he was guiding us. Jim is an Attorney that goes the extra mile for his clients whether is be evenings or weekends and so easy to talk to. I have never seen anyone care so much about making a will be upheld and the person who wrote the will, and making they wishes materialize. When you are dealing with probate it is always hard because you have lost someone. Jim was on top of everything but also very compationate, honest, and caring. Jim made thing happen in our case that other attorneys said would never happen. I will recommend Jim for any legal councel. He is an amazing attorney, but also an amazing person. I will Jim for all my legal needs.
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Posted by Thomas | December 1, 2011
A Superb Attroney
James Bendell is a rarity in today's legal profession. He works first and foremost for the honor and glory of God, which means that he seeks at all times to maintain the highest levels of professional integrity by looking at each case and each situation that is presented to him with clear-minded objectivity and fairness. He is always brutally honest about the course of action that one should take. Any client of his who refuses to take his advice at every turn is indeed a fool. Mr. Bendell takes his time to address every question posed to him by a client. One can always count on a timely response that is grounded in one thing: a pursuit of justice in the service of truth. As one who has known Mr. Bendell in both a personal and professional capacity for fifteen years, having worked with him on many important projects and served with him as a panelist at major conference and having been his client, I can attest that James Bendell is not only a credit to the legal profession, he is one of his most exemplary practitioners.
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2011
Great attorney
Jim is a fantastic attorney. He answers emails and phone calls, answers your questions completely, and is a bulldog on your behalf. He is a true advocate for his clients, knows his law inside and out, and is a genuine person. He worked hard for me and I was very happy with the outcome.
Posted by Randy | November 29, 2011
James Bendell An Excellent Attorney
It has been my privilege to work with Mr. Bendell for more than a decade. I am a writer and deal with controversial subjects hence I often need to seek legal counsel before publication. I have found him to be attentive to my queries, honest in criticism and trustworthy - in short everything a lawyer should be.
Posted by Hank | March 15, 2010
A great attorney
Jim is a punctual worker. He does not leave you hanging. He kept me informed and was determined to fight for my case. He was very personable, responsive and sympathetic, yet could be a bulldog in the courtroom if neccessary. He is very knowledgeable and up-to-date in his field, and has the highest ethics.
Posted by Bernadine | March 15, 2010
A professional and ethical attorney
Mr. Bendell is one of those rare professionals whom one seldom encounters in the legal field. I have had frustrating experiences with other attorneys - they weren't thorough, or weren't entirely honest, or I had to chase after them for weeks to get an answer to a simple question. I have reviewed documents that some of my attorneys had prepared that were misleading or even patently inaccurate. Some lawyers were just downright arrogant and nasty. To my great relief, I have had none of these unfortunate experiences with Mr. Bendell. He possesses outstanding character and integrity. He has a sound knowledge of law and projects a confidence that is contagious. Those characteristics, along with a genuine and pleasant demeanor, result in a rare combination making a truly noteworthy professional. I have trusted him, and will continue to trust him, with my family's legal needs and I would unreservedly recommend his services to all.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Managing Attorney
  • Bendell Law Firm Pllc
  • 2009 - Present
  • Constitutional Commissioner
  • Jefferson County Superior Court
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Judge pro tem
  • Jefferson County Superior Court
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Partner
  • James M. Bendell & Associates
  • 1982 - 2009
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Municipality of Anchorage
  • 1978 - 1980
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  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Legal Cases

  • M.O. et v. State of Washington
  • $1.5 million settlement


  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Alaska Bar Association, Law Examiners Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • 1985 - 1987
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2012


  • 5 Blunders that Can Sink Your Personal Injury Case
  • 5 Blunders that Can Sink Your Personal Injury Case
  • 2012
  • Alaska Bar Rag
  • Editor and columnist
  • 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • Insurance Coverage Disputes Seminar
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • 1989

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Probate Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred clients to Mr. Bendell and am very happy with the manner in which he responded to my client's concerns and needs. His attention to detail in the matters and advocation were exceptional. I endorse this lawyer and will continue to refer clients to him."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a knowledgeable, thorough and ethical attorney. He has enthusiasm for his work with a clear desire to do the best possible job. I have referred clients to Jim in the areas of estate planning and family law and will continue to do so."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim has been opposing counsel on cases of mine, a court commissioner, and an arbitrator on complex litigation cases of mine. In each instance, he was smart, well prepared, ethical, and effective. He is one of the first lawyers I recommend for people looking for representation in his field."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. James Bendell has an excellent reputation for his diligence and skill. I was the Settlement Guardian ad Litem for three children he represented in their claims against the State of Washington. His thorough preparation and advocacy resulted in a large settlement at mediation."
Personal injury
Post Falls Personal injury Lawyer James M. Bendell
James M. Bendell
Personal injury Attorney
Post Falls, ID
Licensed for 31 years
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