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James J Holland

Car accident Attorney at Mercer Island, WA

5.0   23 reviews

also known as Jim Holland

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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

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INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH CASES. INVESTED IN PEOPLE. DRIVEN BY RESULTS.

Jim Holland is a lifelong Washingtonian and has walked in his clients shoes when his own insurance company tried to deny him life-saving medical care.  He studied at University of Washington and at Oxford University.  After graduating near the top of his class in law school Mr. Holland spent several years at the prestigious law firm of Perkins Coie practicing products liability and aviation accident defense litigation.  He left the defense practice for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where he tried more than thirty cases to local juries.  After sharpening his trial skills as a prosecutor Mr. Holland returned to civil litigation, where he works for injured peope and families and has obtained substantial verdicts and awards, including a $5,000,000 settlement for a male nurse paralyzed from medical malpractice, a $3,500,000 settlement for an elderly woman paralyzed from medical malpractice, a $2,400,000 award for his client in a real estate partnership dispute, a $10,000,000 judgment for wrongful death, a $2,000,000 settlement against the Kent School District for injury to a student-athlete during a sports practice, a $1,300,000 settlement for over-service of alcohol leading to a catastrophic drunk-driving injury, a $1,000,000 settlement for chiropractic negligence, a more than $2,600,000 settlement against a drunk driver, a confidential settlement against a medical facility for improperly intubating a patient leading to death, and a confidential settlement against a medical facility for failure to timely diagnose a heart attack leading to premature and preventable death.  

Mr. Holland currently focuses the majority of his practice on wrongful death and other personal injury actions, including products liability, medical negligence, car and truck wrecks, aviation crashes and insurance bad faith.   He has dedicated his practice to helping injured people fight large corporations and insurance companies to find truth and hold those responsible accountable; a fight he has personally experienced with his own insurance company.  Jim routinely writes and lectures to trial lawyers across the state.  He has been voted a Rising Star in Washington Law & Politics for many years and most recently voted by his peers as a Super Lawyer in Washington State.  He has also received the prestiguous Martindale-Hubbell rating of "AV-Preeminent" for demonstrating the highest standards in both legal acumen and legal ethics.  Jim has been nominated and received numerous other awards both in Washington and nationally.  He is dedicated to delivering unvarnished advice to help guide injured clients and their families through the difficult decisions surrounding presenting a well-founded insurance claim or filing a lawsuit against those whose carelessness resulted in preventable injury or death. 

Jim is more than happy to speak with prospective clients for free to help advise them about their options with advice geared towards achieving their specific goals and taking into consideration their unique personal desires.  Part of his willingness to speak with clients, or offer second opinions, is the desire to help contribute to quality of the legal advice received by clients and discuss options that may not have been presented to them initially.         

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2017,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2017 2012 2011

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Location

Holland Law Group
7900 Southeast 28th Street
Suite #505
Mercer Island, WA, 98040

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Amy | August 7, 2017
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Great experience
I was hit on my bike by a drunk driver who did not have insurance. Jim helped me navigate the mess that is insurance claims, and was able to get me a settlement that we both felt appropriate. He is experienced, caring, honest, supportive, helpful, and always accessible. It is clear that Jim is passionate about advocating for his clients, and I am grateful for his guidance through the experience.
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Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2018
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Thank you !
“Jim took over my permanent back injury case when several other lawyers had already made a mess of it. Almost instantly, Jim was able to unravel the mess, clarify the issues, deliver full and fair compensation to me and let me get on with my life. I spent five years dealing with other lawyers and even had to go through a horrible trial with a terrible result. Within 6 months Jim fixed it all. If you are seriously injured you must contact Jim Holland first. I am a working professional and I know quality work when I see it. Jim will give you and your family the best shot at winning. It’s not even close.” - Ron L.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2018
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Legal Representation
Greatest experience we’ve ever had working with a lawyer. Truly a genuine individual and made any and all efforts to relate and learn about my family and I as people and not just as clients. Very patient and understanding with all my family and I were going through and was very knowledge and clearly explained all the steps so we knew exactly what was going on and was always available and reliable. Wouldn’t have changed anything and we were truly blessed to have been able to have such amazing representation and were able to meet and get to know such a kind and caring person.
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Posted by Megan | January 10, 2018
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Outstanding Attorney
When my husband was killed by negligence in a sensitive and high-profile case I finally switched lawyers from another local SuperLawyer to Jim Holland. It was the best move for my case and one of the best decisions I have made for my family. Jim is experienced, intelligent, hard-working, ethical and advised me on what was right for “me” not for him or somebody else. Nobody wants to have to hire a personal injury, medical malpractice or wrongful death lawyer, but should you need to I highly recommend Jim Holland.
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2017
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Knowledgeable and Realistic
Jim clearly presented our options for pursing our case, kept us abreast of the process and as the case proceeded, educated us on how the legal system works. He gave us good guidance for an outcome and clearly explained the process and timelines. I would highly recommend Jim as he is honest, realistic and very knowledgeable about malpractice law.
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Posted by Jenny Zhang | April 10, 2017
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Physician in Car Wreck
I am a physician and was hurt in a car wreck. Jim Holland is an excellent personal injury lawyer who gave me candid and practical advice on how to best protect my legal rights. Jim understands the medicine underlying each of his clients' personal injury claims, and is a strong and persistent advocate. He and I spent countless hours on the phone discussing not only my case, but my life and any ways he could assist me. He is truly empathetic and fights for his clients out of genuine caring and kindness. I cannot speak highly enough of Jim's abilities in this area and those in real need of a great personal injury lawyer absolutely owe it to themselves and their families to meet with Jim first. I would certainly contact Jim with any needs in the future and would whole-heartedly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Peter | January 9, 2017
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Bicycle Hit and Run
Working with Jim was an eye opening experience in dealing with personal injury lawyers... Following a hit and run incident on my bicycle, I worked with another lawyer briefly, who seemed more interested how bad my injuries were than how to ensure my case was handled properly. I switched to work with Jim and his focus instantly became about ensuring we worked towards the best solution possible while moving methodically through the legal process. Jim kept me in the loop along the way and provided sound legal opinions. While no one wants to deal with a personal injury lawyer because it usually means bad things happened, the process with Jim went as smoothly as anyone could ever ask and I would highly recommend him if you are in need of legal counsel.
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Posted by Ian | January 6, 2017
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Car Accident / Malpractice
I was seriously injured in a roll over car accident and had several previous lawyers who were unable to resolve my case and in fact lost my right to compensation. Jim took over the legal malpractice case and from the moment he got on board he finally got me to a doctor who was able to figure out what was wrong with my shoulder (it had been years and nobody had been able to tell me what was going on), he also gave me a roadmap to my legal recovery. Jim skillfully worked my legal malpractice and automobile claims through the litigation process and produced an excellent result without having to go to trial. He cares deeply about his clients and his legal skill, ability, and judgment are beyond compare. Even more importantly, he’s a great human being and those with catastrophic injuries or who have lost loved ones would be lucky to have Jim Holland take their case. I cannot envision my most serious personal injury case in any more capable hands. - Ian L.
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Posted by Eugene | December 28, 2016
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A Wired Diagnose Case
I recommend Jim as a lawyer if some are in real trouble following a crash. My case was a mess from the beginning. At fault was wrongful pointing me, being exactly the opposite. My injury wasn't typically broken bones it was a triple hernia that required surgery to get it fixed. I was lucky and recovered my health. Because of not typical injury, it was a hard to prove the case. Jim is very smart attorney worked with the doctors is such a way that we received six figures settlement without going through a trial hustle. He not only negotiated six figures settlement with the insurance but lowered the medical bills to 1/10 of what was billed originally! I hardly recommend this man because of his proven record, intelligence, and well balanced grounded advice that works for your interest, not for his pocket. Eugene
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Posted by Ron | May 4, 2016
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Professional With A Customer (Client) First Approach
I hired Jim to successfully secure a personal injury claim. From our first meeting until I received a check that represented the maximum amount of dollars under the insurance policy, he was empathetic, clear focused on the strategy and communicative with me. His presentation of our position to the subrogation attorneys was so compelling they immediately withdrew from the challenge. Jim is a remarkable example of excellent performance with a friendly customer touch.
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Posted by Dan | January 26, 2016
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about Jim
Jim took our case and helped me and my family thru the darkest days of our lives we are still thankful for everything he did.We still miss our Shelby Selina but Jim did everything he could to make us feel better.I highly recommend Jim,he's a great guy ,highly motivated and truly cares
Posted by Lee | August 18, 2015
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Fantastic lawyer
I hired James after I was in an auto accident. I had a broken bone in my hand that required surgery so I was out of work for a few months. During that time James did everything he could to help me. I was always kept up to date with how the case was proceeding. Even though my case was smaller than ones James normally takes he never made it seem that way. I was never in the dark as to where we stood and he made sure I had a realistic expectation with my type of case. When we ended up settling with the other parties insurances he blew that expectation out of the water. I would absolutely recommend anyone and everyone that is looking for not just a quality lawyer, but a quality human being, to give James Holland a call.
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Posted by Trish | August 17, 2015
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Great lawyer
I was in a car accident and referred to a firm Jim worked at. I did not know the process of filing a claim. I met a person who was alway upbeat and cared about my condition. He explained the process and worked hard to settle my case keeping my needs and concerns in mind. A person with a great smile and great work ethic. I would hire him again and recommend to anyone needing help with their case.
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Posted by Lee | August 16, 2015
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Couldn't be happier
I had an auto accident and was referred to James. He met with me in person to go over the details and he took it from there. He handled every aspect of my case and always kept me up to date. The outcome was much more than I expected and would absolutely refer all of my friends and family to him.
Posted by Andy | August 15, 2015
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Amazingly dedicated and diligently committed
James or Jimmy boy as I liked to call him to make him feel a little younger.. ;) Was honestly by far the best lawyer I could have ever had. Back on September 10, 2014. After being at a local tavern a friend and I chose to walk home and be safe instead of drinking and driving. Sadly though others chose to drink and drive from the tavern. When my friend and I were walking home we were struck by a car traveling 35 MPH. My friend was killed, thankfully I survived howeverall my ligaments in my left knee were replaced or repaired and the nerve that feeds my should muscle aka my deltoid suffered a nerve palsy. Long story short Jim invested a significant amount of his time into my case. Jim was very diligent and meticulous with every little bit of my case. All said and done Jim was such an amazing lawyer he even got me my settlement money before the driver of the car has even had his criminal trial. That almost never happens. I always recommend Jim to family and friends and friends of friends. If you go with James Holland I promise you will be so thankful that you did!! O 1 last thing, Tell Jimmy boy (Jim). Andy the guy hit by a car said, "If I went with you then I would be happy with the results."
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Posted by Che | May 17, 2014
Highly Recommend Jim Holland
"If anyone needs a personal injury lawyer, you have to call attorney Jim Holland at (206) 713-1866. Jim is fantastically talented and is a fine human being. He truly reflects well on the legal profession. Jim helped us resolve our legal claims for fair compensation, got our medical bills paid and allowed us to focus on healing. He demystified a very scary and confusing process and provided a steadying hand in a time of great need. I don't know what I would have done without him, and cannot say enough about his ability, integrity or work ethic. Store Jim's name and number in your phone under "Attorney" and use it on a rainy day if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of being injured and needing help or knowing someone who needs help. Jimmie and I are so very glad to have met Jim Holland. Your friends and family will thank you for this referral and while I hope you never need to call him, I cannot tell you how fortunate you'll be if he agrees to represent you."
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Posted by Val | December 11, 2012
I Recommend James Holland If You Need A Good and Caring Injury Lawyer
Jim took over my case when my other lawyer left to take another job. I was a little worried about that, but Jim came right in, worked with me and my husband, and we had a great result. He will work non stop to ensure you get a fair shake, and is very caring and compassionate as well. It makes you feel like he feels your pain as well. He is like a member of your family, or almost anyway! I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Stephen | September 1, 2011
You need a lawyer? You need James Holland
James has gone to the end and beyond for me and my case. He's always gotten everything done that he said he would, and in the time he said it would be done. He always looks out for my best interests, and was able to help me out of a couple tight spots. You need a lawyer? you need James Holland
Posted by Crystal | April 26, 2011
Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Seattle!!!
James took on my case in the middle after my original personal injury attorney took another job. Honestly, I was a little concerned and skeptical having someone jump into my case in the middle. James eliminated any concerns I had the first time I spoke with him! Not only was he already familiar with my case, he realized how difficult it is to wait years to reach a settlement and dug right into it. James is kind, compassionate and legitimately concerned with you as a person and how the accident affected your life! He got right on it and within a few months I had a substanstial disbursement that could not have come at a better time! The case is settled and Jim continues to work hard for me to get me the most while allowing me to relax and concentrate on recovering and regaining my pre-accident life while he handles all the final details. Although I sometimes felt like a bugged James endlessly, he was patient with me and always empathetic to my needs. He has the patience of a saint! I highly recommend James should you ever need an attorney who cares and can deliver!
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2011
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The purpose of this review is to highly commend James Holland and to enthusiastically endorse him as a prospective attorney for clients who need legal assistance and are inclined to employ his services. My wife and I worked with Mr. Holland and other associates to litigate a partnership lawsuit. It was a lengthy, arduous process which took over a year to resolve. During the course of this effort and in our interactions with Mr. Holland, we determined that he is an incredible attorney who has an engaging personality coupled with a full grasp of the law and the extraordinary ability to argue salient points of our case relative to the law. Without a doubt, the man is a decent human being and an awesome attorney. My wife and I were referred to his firm by others within the community. His firm and he were well regarded in the community, so we engaged him to solicit his help. From the start, it was readily apparent he knew the law. Moreover, his talent as a lawyer was manifested by his ability to align the material facts with the legal principles relevant to our case. Notwithstanding, application of the law and interaction with the court are just one aspect of being an outstanding attorney. Other traits are just as important and these relate to various personality and character traits. In this case, Mr. Holland is truly an outstanding attorney and, as stated above, a decent human being. When you engage him, you are readily put at ease by his charm and his definite concern for the welfare of his clients. Despite the circumstances, the abrasiveness of the opposing attorney and the testiness of others involved in the process, he kept his calm and was always looking out for his clients to ensure they were at ease and comfortable with the extraordinary process of litigating a lawsuit. Without a doubt, the entire process was painstaking and thus stressful for our family; consequently, he made sure the effort was affected in a manner to ensure we weren’t overwhelmed with the immense legalities and the challenging brashness of the opposing attorney. During the course of the process, it was readily apparent that Mr. Holland has an unparalleled work ethic. He worked tirelessly with others within his firm to ensure our case was properly developed and succinctly presented to the court. Along the way, he diligently worked with us to ensure the facts were properly presented and the means of doing so were ethical and above reproach. His honesty and ethical behavior are truly a credit to him. To us, Mr. Holland is an attorney’s attorney! He demonstrated that he was a competent officer of the court, a well grounded jurist and a compassionate human being. Thus my wife and I highly endorse Mr. Holland and recommend him for work with others who choose to employ him to be their legal representative.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Gosanko Law Firm
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Hall & Holland Law Offices
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Perkins Coie LLP
  • 2002 - 2004
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Education

  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Smith v. State Farm
  • Plaintiff's verdict: $479,000
  • Grennan v. Allstate
  • Plaintiff's verdict: $505,204
  • 16th Street Investors LLC v. Morrison, 153 Wn. App. 44 (2009)
  • Prevailed on all issues, saving client more than $500,000.
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Associations

  • Washington State Association for Justice, CLE Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Chairman - Eastside King County Roundtable
  • 2011 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Life Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Life Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • What I Learned In Trial, Part II
  • 2012
  • Trial News (Washington State Trial Lawyers Association)
  • What I Learned In Trial
  • 2011
  • 39 Willamette Law Review 101
  • “‘Taking’ Another Look at IOLTA: Applying Loretto’s ‘Per Se’ Test to Government Exactions of Money”
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Stars
  • Obtaining large verdicts at trial
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (6)
Endorse James
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jim is a skilled and highly ethical lawyer. I admire his work and endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of going to Willamette Law School with Jim Holland, and working with him at the prosecutors office prior to him working in private practice. Jim has great work ethic, a good moral compass, and compassion."
Wrongful death Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is an extremely bright, talented and hard working advocate for his clients. He cares about and takes a personal interest in his clients and this is reflected in how hard he works to achieve justice on their behalf. I strongly endorse Jim."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim Holland has an undeniably sharp legal mind, allowing him to recognize issues and concepts ordinary attorneys fail to notice. His creativity and tenacity following up on those issues lead to impressive client results in some of the most difficult cases. To go along with his mastery of injury and insurance trial law, Jim is an outgoing and personable guy. His affable nature, backed by his outstanding credentials, make him an effective communicator of sound advice to clients, assertive demands to insurers, and convincing arguments to juries."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is an effective advocate and values client service. I refer cases to Jim without hesitation."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a excellent attorney. He consistently demonstrates professionalism, intelligence and the highest integrity in his work."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is bright as can be, works hard and has great judgement. He is a strong and effective advocate and very creative. He will go the extra mile for a cliernt"
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Jim on several cases. Jim is an extremely bright person and has a rare blend of analytical and inter personal skills. He is always thoroughly well-prepared for all court hearings and provides a great work product as a legal writer and oral advocate. Jim's kindness and charisma coupled with his legal intelligence makes him an ideal attorney choice for anyone. I have personally witnessed many of his clients who were thorougly pleased with not only the final result, but also Jim's tireless devotion to answering his client's questions, giving them personal attention and putting them at ease about the process. I recommend this attorney wholeheartedly."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have very much enjoyed working with James on several cases. He is an incredibly dedicated and bright lawyer who really cares about his clients and goes the extra mile. He is a former King County Prosecutor, which I think is some of the best experience you can get, and I know that he has extensive trial experience. He has an amazing work ethic, and is great about keeping in touch with clients and responding to their questions quickly. Most importantly, he is really nice guy who has the ability to put people at ease and make them feel comfortable. Any client he represents will be in very good hands."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Friend
"You may not know it from his kind, genial manner, but Jim Holland is a fierce litigator. I have known Jim well for a decade and I have never met a more passionate, competitive and competent advocate. He will fight for his clients every step of the way and has the talent and experience to get the job done right."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim Holland is a phenomenal attorney. Not only is he a dedicated and zealous advocate, he's truly a first class individual. He treats his clients, colleagues and adversaries with the utmost dignity and respect. He works hard for his clients and treats their injustices as if they were his own. I will continue to refer him my clients and friends in need the best personal injury representation. In a field that is truly overcrowded with lawyers whose only interest is to make money off the misfortune of others, Jim stands out as an excellent example of the best the legal profession has to offer."
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Mercer Island Car accident Lawyer James J Holland
James J Holland
Car accident Attorney
Mercer Island, WA
Licensed for 21 years
Free Consultation
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