James loves representing and fighting for people who have been seriously harmed by another’s wrongful conduct. He strives to develop close relationships with every person he represents and he takes pride in becoming their advocate. As James prepares his cases, he walks a mile in his clients’ shoes. He has the ability to bring his client’s stories to life in an effort to obtain full and fair justice for that individual.
Early in his legal career, James worked with the Access to Justice Institute, advocating for under-represented members of the Seattle community. In this position he experienced many injustices. His clients were low-income, mostly non-English speakers. By fighting for these people, James began to understand that he could positively change peoples’ lives and make our community a better place to live. He went on to work with both the Seattle City Attorney’s Office and the King County Council, addressing the concerns of citizens to effectuate positive change in our community’s health, safety, and quality of life.
James earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Philosophy from the University of Washington with honor. He accepted a Presidential Scholarship to Seattle University School of Law, where he earned his law degree, graduating cum laude.
James Banks is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and has been admitted to argue before the U.S. District Court Western District of Washington. He is an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice, the state’s premier organization of personal injury attorneys, and he was chosen as a 2012 Super Lawyers "Rising Star."