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About me

I practice as a sole practitioner.  As  a result, your case will receive my personal attention, and I will personally be responsive to your concerns and questions. 


I have been handling employee benefits matters for over 25 years.  For the past eight years, my practice has been devoted almost entirely to helping individuals obtain the benefits they have earned.  I represent individuals in disability insurance, life insurance, medical insurance, and pension claims.  I am also lead counsel in class actions for pension and medical insurance claims, including Navlet v. Port of Seattle, which was decided by the Washington Supreme Court in late 2008.  You can learn more about my practice at my website,


I would welcome the opportunity to discuss your employee benefits situation. 



Practice areas


  1. Employee Benefits: 100%



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    I endorse this lawyer's work. I am working with Jim on complex litigation. Jim is an oustanding lawyer and presenter. It's a pleasure to be associated with him.


    Steven Frank Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of James D. Oswald

100 South King Suite 560
Seattle, WA, 98104

100 S King St #560
Seattle, WA, 98104-3844



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa1974
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerSong Mondress1998 - 2001
PartnerDavies, Roberts & Reid1982 - 1998
Acting Assistant Professor of LawUniversity of Washington School of Law1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Alaska Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Navlet v. Port of Seattle, 164 Wash.2d 818 (2008)Decision in favor of plaintiffs
Serres, et al v. Department of Retirement SystemsPetition for review granted; pensions increased
Linnell v. Crum & Forster Long Term Disability PlanLong term disability benefits restored
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Employment Law DeskbookERISA Preemption2008
King County Bar JournalIf You Have a Subrogation Issue, Read This!2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of CaliforniaEconomicsA.B.1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSTLA Employment Law CLEERISA: Ignore It at Your Peril2004
Annual Employment Law CLEERISA: The Evolving Interface Between ERISA and Employment Law2003