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Mr. Sorrels received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, with
Distinction, from Washington State University in 1969.  He was awarded
a National Honor Scholarship to the University of Chicago Law School,
where he received his law degree in 1972. After serving as a staff
attorney with the Federal Trade Commission and later as a Deputy
Prosecuting Attorney for King County, he entered private practice and
engaged in a general practice emphasizing trial work. Beginning in the
early 1980's, Mr. Sorrels began emphasizing compensation claims, and
since the mid-1980's his practice has been limited to claims for
compensation and insurance disputes. Working primarily in the Superior
Courts of King and Snohomish Counties, he has handled hundreds of
injury claims and taken many such cases through arbitrations and
courtroom trials.

Mr. Sorrels is a member of the Washington
Bar Association and an "Eagle" member of the Washington State Trial
Lawyers Association. He has been involved in numerous civic and
volunteer activities over the years.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 70%
  2. Trucking Accident: 10%
  3. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
  4. Wrongful Death: 9%
  5. Personal Injury: 1%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Ray C Brooks

    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.


    Ray Brooks Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Andrew Lee Benjamin

    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.


    Andrew Benjamin Family Attorney
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Phi Beta Kappa SocietyGamma of Washington at Washington State University1969
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of James S. Sorrels2006 - Present
Managing PartnerSorrels and Wans Law Firm1993 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Snohomish County Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeMember1987 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1980 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
RSD or CRPSClient able to establish very successful restaurant where we still get very good service
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Publication nameTitleDate
InjuredInSeattle.comInsurance Company Tactics2005
InjuredinSeattle.comWhat's My Case Worth?2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Washington State UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1969