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James M. Beard

Wrongful death Attorney at Kirkland, WA

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Maritime Injury Lawyer James Beard has a unique understanding and compassion for the clients he represents. For 30 years his legal career has been devoted to representing crewmen and commercial fishermen who have been injured while working at sea. He is widely recognized as one of the most experienced maritime injury lawyers in the Pacific Northwest in handling maritime wrongful death and personal injury cases. He has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for his clients located throughout the United States. Beard is proud of his roots growing up in Ilwaco, Washington, a small fishing village located at the mouth of the Columbia River. He worked his way through college and law school on fishing vessels, oyster dredges, and doing longshore work breaking freight. He has never forgotten his experience of falling overboard off a barge in the middle of the night while trying to set an anchor. Beard’s practical experience doing maritime work lets him easily connect with his clients. He understands the individual importance of each client’s case and knows the lasting impact that serious injuries can have on injured crewmen and their families. After graduating from the University of Washington, Beard attended law school at the University of Puget Sound, graduating in 1983. Working in a big law firm never interested Beard. By 1986 he had established his own practice in Ballard, Washington, and quickly began representing injured Alaska fishermen. Successful results in wrongful death cases for the crewmen on the Alaska crab boat Vestfjord and the factory trawler Aleutian Enterprise made Jones Act and maritime injury claims the full time practice focus of his law practice. Over the past 30 years, Beard has been involved in handling many other high profile fishing vessel sinking cases including the sinkings of the Alaska Ranger, Arctic Rose, Galaxy, Amber Dawn, Nesika, Katmai, Pacesetter, Lady Cecelia, and Pacific Apollo. Beard has not just handled a few Jones Act injury cases, he has handled hundreds. He understands Federal maritime law. Applying Federal maritime law and fighting for injured crewmen’s rights to compensation has been Beard’s career. Beard was the founding partner of the maritime law firm of Beard Stacey & Jacobsen. Together with his partners, Beard helped change the amounts to be paid in maritime injury and death claims. Beard’s new law offices are located on Lake Washington just minutes from downtown Seattle. He continues to accept maritime wrongful death claims and select maritime injury claims involving serious and permanent injuries. Beard begins each maritime injury case by making sure that his clients are getting the proper medical treatment and care they need. Ensuring that his clients obtain the maximum medical recovery possible is his goal. Unfortunately, in many cases full physical recovery is not possible. In those cases involving permanent injuries caused by negligence or unseaworthiness, Beard seeks damages for past and future lost wages, lost earning capacity, medical expenses, and compensation for pain and suffering that has been suffered in the past and will be suffered in the future. Beard takes great pride in having successfully recovered compensation for catastrophically injured clients in difficult maritime cases that other lawyers thought couldn’t be won. He is not afraid of taking on a tough fight. He understands how to effectively explain how injuries at sea can be prevented. He utilizes respected medical experts and cutting edge medical technology to help explain his client’s injuries and get them the fair compensation they deserve. Beard’s 30 years of maritime experience allows him to fairly evaluate his client’s claims. He feels it is important to advise his clients from the very start of their cases about the strengths and weaknesses of their claims. Beard is admitted to practice law in the States of Alaska, Washington and Oregon. He is admitted to practice in The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Districts Courts of Washington. Education J.D., University of Puget Sound, 1993 B.A., University of Washington Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Alaska, 2004 Oregon, 2009 Washington, 1983 Professional & Bar Association Memberships Alaska State Bar Member Since: 2004 Oregon State Bar Member Since: 2009 Washington State Bar Member Since: 1983 CONTACT US FREE CONSULTATION SUBMIT PRACTICE AREAS Jones Act Claims Maintenance and Cure Claims Maritime Wrongful Death Claims Unseaworthiness Claims Commercial Fishing Accidents Compensation for Injuries and Lost Wages Medical Negligence at Sea Lost Wages for Injured Commercial Fisherman Compensation for Deckhands and Injured Fishermen Alaska Fishing Companies Frequent Injuries and Accidents Maritime Worker Injuries Marine Insurance Claims 5400 Carillon Point Kirkland, WA 98033 Phone: Toll Free: Justia We serve clients internationally and nationally, throughout Washington, Alaska, and Oregon including, but not limited to, those in the following localities: Anacortes, Bellingham, Bremerton, Everett, Grays Harbor, Ilwaco, Kent, La Push, Longview, Neah Bay, Olympia, Port Angeles, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Westport, Anchorage, Barrow, Bethel, Bristol Bay, Dutch Harbor, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Naknek, St. Paul, Unalaska, Astoria, Coos Bay, Depoe Bay, Newport, Portland,Waldport, Warrenton, Hammond, and Winchester Bay.
Licensed for 39 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 12/11/2022
State AK
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 12/13/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 02/01/2023

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Johson, Beard & Trueb, PC
5400 Carillon Pt.
Bldg 5000 Fl 4
Kirkland, WA, 98033-7357
Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC
330 L Street.
Anchorage, AK, 99501
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Posted by KEVIN | August 24, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
In a single word Outstanding! Jim went out of his way to help me through a very stressful time. Highly recommended Thanks again.
James not only helped me navigate a very difficult and stressful situation he also took the time to explain the process to me. This was my first and hopefully last personal injury claim. I had no idea what I was up against. Jim came through for me like a champion. He was there when I needed him, had questions or just needed to have things explain to me. A real nice man and a very good lawyer. Thank you so much.
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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Maritime lawyer, one of the BEST
I had the opportunity to hire Mr. Beard on two separate occasions. One was a career ending injury from commercial crab fishing in Alaska. Back at the end of 2003. He worked tirelessly on this lawsuit until the end. Which took almost two full years to settle. He kept in contact and informed on every issue of this case. With vary favorable results for me. Then in 2012 I was given the chance to try a return to the commercial fisheries. All was going good for the first few seasons. Then on Halloween night. A crew member lost control of a crab pot. Striking me in the head. Leaving me with a severe head injury. After receiving zero help for my injuries from the vessels owners. I had no choice but to again seek out Mr. Beard for his help. Without hesitation, he was helping me. Instantly things changed. My doctors started actually helping me. Bills started to get paid. And the owners of the boat finally admitted that I was hurt on the boat. Since they wouldn't acknowledge this before Mr. Beard stepped into help. When he did, things happened fast. My head injury left me with a TBI which was severe. Which led to many medications and bad side effects. In the end. Because of all of this. I tried to take my life. Mr. Beard stood by my side. Still doing everything possible for me and my family, to get through this horrific ordeal. Which thankfully I did. He never gave up on me. When many others had. This may have been possibly one of the most difficult cases he may have ever faced. In my opinion, I'm sure it was. Since the TBI, suicide attempt, coma and very long hospital stay. And the many issues involved in any lawsuit. After about three years of his relentless work he put in for me. He secured me a favorable settlement, that will let me live my life, as I had before these horrific injuries. He will work non-stop. Without exception for you. He will tell you straight, the pros, cons and risks of the lawsuit. Mr Beard, in my opinion. Is one of the most knowledgeable, best versed attorney in the maritime field. In the end, he is one of the best. I wouldn't want anyone else representing me, when my whole future is at stake.
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Work Experience

  • Maritime Injury Lawyer
  • James M. Beard
  • 1983 - Present


  • University of Puget Sound
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Washington
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016

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Kirkland Wrongful death Lawyer James M. Beard
James M. Beard
Wrongful death Attorney
Kirkland, WA
Licensed for 39 years