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James Stephen Sorrels

Car accident Attorney at Edmonds, WA

5.0   6 reviews

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Car accidents are a serious concern here in Washington as well with over 101,576 reported car accidents occurring in 2010. The three most common causes of these accidents were excessive speed, drivers following too close, and failure to yield the rig

  2. Motorcycle accident

  3. Personal injury
    We handle all types of personal injury cases, including but not limited to car accidents, trucking and motorcycle crashes, pedestrian accidents, and other injuries as a result of negligence.

  4. Trucking accident

Mr. Sorrels received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, withDistinction, from Washington State University in 1969.  He was awardeda National Honor Scholarship to the University of Chicago Law School,where he received his law degree in 1972. After serving as a staffattorney with the Federal Trade Commission and later as a DeputyProsecuting Attorney for King County, he entered private practice andengaged in a general practice emphasizing trial work. Beginning in theearly 1980's, Mr. Sorrels began emphasizing compensation claims, andsince the mid-1980's his practice has been limited to claims forcompensation and insurance disputes. Working primarily in the SuperiorCourts of King and Snohomish Counties, he has handled hundreds ofinjury claims and taken many such cases through arbitrations andcourtroom trials.

Mr. Sorrels is a member of the WashingtonBar Association and an "Eagle" member of the Washington State TrialLawyers Association. He has been involved in numerous civic andvolunteer activities over the years.

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Licensed for 50 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1973
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Sunset Bldg
23607 Highway 99
Ste 3E
Edmonds, WA, 98026-9272


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Posted by Brittany | May 14, 2015
James Sorrels Review
Laying face down on the pavement, after being hit by a car in a crosswalk in downtown Seattle, sadly I find my one of my first thoughts will I deal with hospital bills and insurance companies? I find myself in the ER wanting to argue with the doctors for each procedure, fearing the imminent bill racking up with each passing moment. A night passes and I find many missed calls and emails from insurance adjusters trying to coerce statements from me. I honestly was at wits end until a friend referred me to Jim. He and Bridget met with me and helped me to understand the insurance process when you are a pedestrian hit by a vehicle. From the moment I signed to work with them, the adjusters stopped harassing me. They ensured all those dreaded hospital bills were covered and held the right parties accountable. They were able to migrate around the extremely complex situation of multiple car and health insurance companies. They fought for my continued care to strive towards a full recovery. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the integrity, work ethic and truly caring spirit of this firm. If you find yourself hurt and don't know where to turn give them a call right away, you will not regret it.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2011
Most helpful attorney! Great outcome!
I hired Jim after he was recommended by an experienced defense attorney. I figured what could be a better recommendation! It turned out to be an excellent recommendation. I had a good case but there were some real holes that threatened the outcome that I felt I deserved. I saw that Jim was concerned about this as well but he came up with a way of presenting it so that it actually strengthened my case. He also counseled me wisely about what points to emphasize and which to avoid. I wasn’t convinced at the time but as the process unfolded I saw that his judgement was excellent. Another great thing about Jim Sorrels is his tolerance for the feelings that surface as a hearing approaches. I was very anxious which did not make things easier. Jim did not take it on but stayed calm and tried to reassure me. He met with me before the hearing and went over my case. He had obviously put a lot of thought into the presentation. He had a large timeline display to make my case more understandable to the arbitrator (and to me). He video recorded our meeting so I could watch it at home. At the hearing he was totally “on his feet” and dealt with some challenges from the opposing attorney with insight and humor that drove his points home. His closing summary put it all together, he was totally prepared. The arbitrator’s decision was completely in my favor and the award exceeded my expectation. As for Jim’s staff, they were terrific all the way through. They ended up handling issues that I didn’t realize would become theirs to handle and they kept information organized and everything straight with the insurance company. They were such a good resource for me and they were very much appreciated as a process like this can get pretty overwhelming. Anyone with a personal injury case is in excellent hands with Jim and his staff. They will do everything possible to help get the best possible outcome. As an added benefit, they were considerate and receptive; I never hesitated to call with any question.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2011
Great to work with!
We were very impressed with how personally and genuinely we were treated at all times. We found Jim very detail oriented and well versed in his work, and his staff were very friendly and responsive to any issues we had. We had what seemed like an especially drawn out case, and coupled with that we moved back to Canada midway through the settlement proceedings, but the transparency Jim and his office provided on all aspects of the proceedings gave us complete confidence that everything was in good hands and we got a very fair settlement.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2009
Exceeded our Expectations!
We switched to Mr. Sorrels when we had problems with our original attorney. Jim, and his staff, took our case from a very poor position to one where we feel we were treated fairly by the insurance companies involved in a relatively short time frame. We were kept informed throughout the process with regular phone calls, emails, and visits to his office to review our case. Jim's law knowledge was clearly evident to us, and he took time to explain to us every step. My wife and I could not be happier with our results from Jim, Bridgett, and the entire staff!
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Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2009
Best Car/Auto Accident lawyer
He is the best I have worked with in the last 40yrs for Auto Accidents Bar None
Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2009
Jim was the perfect lawyer for me. He was incredibly thorough ,carefully and thoughtfully considering everything related to my case. He took the time to get to know me and kept me informed of developments and what my options were at each step. He was respectful of the the other side and made sure that I was well prepared for the challenges along the way. His staff is fabulous also, cannot say enough good things about their attention to detail and their professionalism.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of James S. Sorrels
  • 2006 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Sorrels and Wans Law Firm
  • 1993 - 2005


  • University of Chicago Law School
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence (law degree)
  • 1972
  • Washington State University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1969

Legal Cases

  • RSD or CRPS
  • Client able to establish very successful restaurant where we still get very good service


  • Snohomish County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1980 - 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • Gamma of Washington at Washington State University
  • 1969
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
Endorse James
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jim for many years and know him to be a caring and hard-working personal injury attorney. He is knowledgeable, professional, and really cares about his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Jim is a great lawyer. When I worked with him, he always showed a thorough understanding of the law and his clients case. He truly cared, and I know only a few lawyers who work as hard for his clients and Jim does. I would never hesitate to hire him."
Car accident Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Other
"I observed Mr. Sorrels in the course of one of his arbitrations. He is complete in his preparation, highly skilled in his trial technique and is quite persuasive in a very appealing low key manner. I endorse this lawyer as he is highly capable of handling most kinds of personal injury cases, given his expertise."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a brilliant attorney, dedicated advocate, highly ethical individual, and an all-around great person. I am fortunate enough to have known Jim for many years. He has always graciously served as a mentor offering astute and thoughtful advice. Jim is a gift to the legal profession and the individuals he serves."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Having worked closely for Jim on numerous cases I can emphatically say that he's one of the most honest, ethical, intelligent, compassionate and hard-working attorneys I've had the pleasure of meeting. His clients should be grateful to have found such a tremendous advocate for justice."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked for Jim for a couple of years when I had just graduated from law school. Jim's professionalism, tough advocacy for his clients and good humor and professional behavior in the face of difficult opposing counsel along with his superior legal and oratory skills (yes the word oratory can still be used appropriately) have been the goal I continue to strive for. Jim's intelligence and dogged pursuit of fairness and justice for his client's are always part of his representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known and worked with Jim Sorrels for more than 25 years. He is the most dedicated and professional personal injury I have known. Jim gets excellent results and has a great rapport with his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is an excellent lawyer with many years of experience in all kinds of personal injury claims. Although we are competitors for similar business, I would not hesitate to refer cases to Jim and would trust him with my family. Jim truly cares for his clients and getting just results for them."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been fortunate enough to have known Jim closed to 25 years now. Not long after we met Jim decided to devote his practice entirely to getting compensation for injured people and handling insurance disputes. I know Jim to be an excellent lawyer who squeezes very good settlements out of the insurance companies. Jim’s courthouse records will show that over the years he has successfully taken many of his client's cases to a jury trial and verdict. Insurance companies know him as one of the lawyers who will go all the way if he thinks it is best for his client. He was a very early user of focus groups and mock juries, something that is now widely viewed as a very important tool in preparing cases for trial. I have appointed Jim to serve as my client's designated arbitrator on 3-member arbitration panels in the past because I know that he can be persuasive with other attorney-arbitrators who decide my client's cases."
Personal injury Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim Sorrels is a rare individual, combining top-flight legal ability with genuine compassion for those whom he represents. Jim consistently demonstrates that he is not only an experienced lawyer, who obtains excellent results by fighting for his clients, but that he has a sincere, deep and abiding concern for his clients’ lives and wants to do his best for them. He cares. Jim’s gentle, self-deprecating humor and humility are joined with a relentless commitment to make justice happen in each and every case. I have known many lawyers over the past three decades and more, but I know of no one more dedicated to putting his clients first and to achieving a fair result for each and every one of them. Jim has taught me by example that law is not only “hard work” but “heart work.” Clients will find in Jim Sorrels an excellent advocate and counsel of unsurpassed skill, integrity, honesty, and compassion. I recommend Jim Sorrels without reservation."
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