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After growing up near Memphis, Tennessee, James Buckley served two years in the Vietnam War and was awarded various medals for his service, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He then went on to study at Memphis State University and the University of Washington, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. In 1977 he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon Law School.


Subsequent to graduating from law school, Mr. Buckley worked for three years as a prosecuting attorney in Olympia. Beginning in 1981, he worked as an associate attorney in private practice, and became a partner in a law firm. Mr. Buckley opened Buckley & Associates in Tacoma in 1983.


Today Mr. Buckley continues his legal education by attending seminars and conferences. His emphasis is as a trial lawyer handling serious injuries and wrongful death matters. He is also a hearing examiner with the Washington State Bar Association and serves as an arbitrator for King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.


His proudest accomplishments are being a father of three children and building and maintaining a successful law firm.



Languages spoken: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, French

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 75%
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ronald Unger

    James has a special skill for analyzing what is necessary to obtain the best possible result for his clients. He is always steps ahead of the opposition and fully prepared to deal with every issue. I highly endorse him.


    Ronald Unger Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Buckley & Associates, PS, Inc.

675 South Lane Steet Suite 300
Seattle, WA, 98104-2942


MNNot Authorized197808/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Attorneys of AmericaMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocatesMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Top Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2012
America's Most Honored Professional Top 10%American Registry2012
BV Distinguished AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Top Attorneys in WashingtonSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2011
Circle of Excellence 2012Merchant Circle2011
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2009
Who's Who In Personal Injury - PlaintiffsWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2008
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2007
America's Most Admired CompaniesTest Magazine2007
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2006
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2005
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2004
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2003
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and Sr. AttorneyBuckley & Associates, PS, Inc.1983 - Present
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyThurston County Deputy Prosecutor1978 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
Trial MastersMember2015 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonMember2006 - Present
Wall of ToleranceMember2004 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2002 - Present
American Bar Associationmember2002 - Present
Washington State Association for JusticeEagle Member2000 - Present
Snohomish County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Seattle King County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
National Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember1982 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember1979 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Loren Miller Bar AssociationMember2000 - 2011
Pierce County Minority Bar AssociationPresident1989 - 1991
International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta PhiMember1975 - 1976
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Santosa vs. The Chrysler Corporation and Gerstel, 113 Wash.App. 1031, 2002 WL 31045305 (Wash.App. Div. 1)Plaintiff verdict $6.2 Million judgment and verdict plus interest
Chen vs. City of Seattle, 153 Wash.App. 890, 223 P.3d 1230, (2009)Settlement $3.1 Million
Pedestrian vs. MotoristSettlement $1.5 Million (policy limits)
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Publication nameTitleDate
TVInterview for Ko-Am Tv2011
TVInterview for AAT-TV2011
King5Shooting victim partially blames state his life was ruined2010
Washington State Association for JusticeAccident Reconstructions: Using Yours, Combating Theirs2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of WashingtonPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Auto Cases Seminar (Continuing Legal Education)Accident Reconstructions: Using Yours, Combating Theirs2006