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James D. Hailey

Personal injury Attorney at Seattle, WA

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Brain injury
    I have a special interest in brain injury cases and have handled many significant injury cases. Brain injuries are often devastating to the client and their family and require a range of experts and diagnostic tests that are frequently overlooked. If there has been a concussion or loss of consciousness, there is often an accompanying brain injury of some degree.

    39 years, 200 cases

  2. Car accident
    I have been the primary auto accident attorney in the firm for a number of years and have experience ranging from smaller accidents to the most serious of spinal cord and brain injury accidents.

    44 years, 300 cases

  3. Personal injury
    I now handle a select number of serious auto accidents involving significant injuries, including brain injury and spinal injury as well as orthopedic malpractice cases. Other personal injury areas in which I have extensive experience include toxic torts, product liability, construction site accidents, slip & fall accidents, and sexual assault claims

    44 years, 300 cases

  4. Workers compensation
    I handle a select number of Washington State workers compensation cases, whether a Department of Labor & Industries case or one administered by a self-insured employer. I began my practice in workers compensation three decades ago and have returned to doing cases involving serious disability or of broader public interest.

    44 years, 1,500 cases

I have been a successful litigator for more than 30 years. During those years, I've handled hundreds of hearings, arbitrations, and trials. This has given me broad litigation experience covering product liability claims, toxic tort claims, serious motor vehicle accident claims, complex insurance claims, work-related injury claims, consumer class action claims, and serious premises injuries.

I joined Schroeter Goldmark & Bender in 1977 because I believed it was the finest trial firm in the Northwest and one of the finest in the nation. I carry the highest rating for attorneys for both competence and ethics from the nationally respected Martindale-Hubble service (AV rating), which is accorded to only 5% of reviewed attorneys. 


I prefer to limit the number of cases that I handle at any one time so that I can give personal attention to clients in what is often one of the most important events in their lives.

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Licensed for 45 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 02/01/2023

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

Contact James

Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
401 Union Street
Suite 3400
Seattle, WA, 98101


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Posted by Teresa | November 11, 2010
A Lawyer with a HEART
Absolutely the kindest, nicest lawyer out there. Outstanding at trial, very likable for a jury and for his clients. Extremely professional yet easy to talk to, keeps you informed. I have recommended him several times and will continue to do so.
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2009
Jim Hailey's a great Lawyer
Jim Hailey and co-council Kris Hauser have and are still handeling a medical malpractice for me. My personal and professional experience with them is second to none. I have and will continue to refer clients to them.


  • Contingency 20%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Legal Clinic volunteer
  • El Centro de la Raza
  • 2009 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, P.S.
  • 1977 - Present


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • John Doe v. State
  • $4 Million settlement with State of WA
  • Birklid v. Boeing
  • Expanded rights of injured workers v. employers
  • John Doe v. Wilson
  • $1.4 Million Trial Award for sexual assaults


  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • 1977 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
  • Legal Committee
  • 1979 - 1985
  • Ecology Law Quarterly
  • Comments & Research Editor
  • 1975 - 1977
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Public Justice Award
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1998
  • Comments & Research Editor
  • Ecology Law Quarterly
  • 1976


  • Ecology Law Quarterly
  • Comments and Research
  • 1977

Speaking Engagements

  • HIPAA Regulations
  • 2003
  • Premises & Products Liability CLE
  • Premises & Products Liability
  • 1998
  • 10th Annual Workers Compensation CLE
  • Workers Compensation
  • 1996
  • Winning Workers Comp and Third Party Cases
  • Third Party Liability Cases
  • 1994
  • Evaluating Personal Injury Cases
  • Evaluating Personal Injury Cases
  • 1989
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse James
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim is a very compassionate advocate for injured workers. He has a great legal mind, he is meticulous and detail oriented."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Seattle Personal injury Lawyer James D. Hailey
James D. Hailey
Personal injury Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 45 years