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James F Whitehead III

Personal injury Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1975
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury

    49 years

  2. Admiralty and maritime

    49 years

  3. Transportation
    Motor carrier law, cargo loss

    25 years

  4. Wrongful death

    49 years


Jim Whitehead lectures and writes frequently on a variety of legal issues.  He was for many years a member of the faculty of the Port of Seattle’s annual international trade seminar and was a member of the organizing committee of the Pacific Northwest Admiralty Law Institute, which for many years sponsored seminars on issues of interest to the maritime industry.  He has spoken at seminars sponsored by that Institute, the University of Washington School of Law, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, and various insurance industry groups.  He chaired the International Maritime Law Conference held in Seattle in June 1996.  He is also the Associate Editor for Seattle of American Maritime Cases, which has published court decisions of interest to the maritime bar for more than ninety years.  He has been active for many years in the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA), serving a three-year term on its Board of Directors starting in May 2000, and serving on multiple ad hoc committees by special appointment of its President.  He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Maritime Arbitration Association of the United States, a national association created in 2007 to provide cost-effective arbitration and mediation services in the maritime industry by specially qualified, experienced maritime lawyers.  He is one of two Seattle attorneys initially approved as arbitrators/mediators by the association and has served as an arbitrator in several disputes subject to the association’s rules.  He is also a contract arbitrator for NOAA’s Crab Rationalization Program for the Bering Sea Aleutian Island crab fisheries.

He enjoys an AV rating (the highest rating obtainable for legal ability and ethical standards) from the Martindale-Hubbell law directory.  He also enjoys a “Superb” rating from the Avvo legal rating service and was honored as one of the ten best admiralty lawyers in Seattle in a 2008 ranking by CEO Magazine, and a top admiralty and maritime lawyer in 2010 in Seattle Met magazine.



Law Office of James F. Whitehead PLLC
2211 Elliott Ave.
Suite 200
Seattle, WA, 98121-2140


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Eri & Ryan | August 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for James F Whitehead
This case was involving a car accident. My wife and I consulted with, then hired Jim. Jim was immediately sympathetic with our situation and genuinely concerned for our overall health, which was refreshing. He helped to build our healing and confidence after the situation. This case went on for around four years and he was there every step of the way. He was immediate in response to any questions we had throughout. Jim was extremely knowledgeable with the laws and effects concerning our case. He was caring and genuine. Throughout the time, Jim fought very hard for results that matter. We were very pleased with the final result of the case, he helped make us feel whole again and not taken advantage of in any way. I would highly recommend him as an attorney. I would consult with him for any situation life brings, knowing if that is not in his skilled field he could recommend someone he trusts. If I could give more then five stars I gladly would. I look forward to keeping in touch with him even though our case has been resolved. Great man, great attorney!!!!!!
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Posted by Julia | November 24, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Respectful and professional
I was referred to James (Jim) for a consultation. He left a wonderful impression. He was professional, respectful, caring, and really took his time to answer all my questions and has shown his expertise on my small case. I would like to highly recommend Jim.
Posted by Amanda | October 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best in Seattle!!!
5 Stars all the way with Jim. I hired Jim after an auto accident last year. He was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and available for me during a somewhat daunting process. Jim was always more than happy to help and answer never-ending questions and treated me like family. We have since settled the case and he made the process seamless and easier than I ever expected. I wouldn't refer anyone else to help with legal issues.
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Posted by Ida | April 16, 2015
The Best Attorney In Seattle
Jim and Nancy Whitehead is a husband and wife team of attorneys that came to mine and my husband's rescue when my husband had been assaulted. They were wonderful and came to our home many times to help us with our case. They were very professional and at the same time very kind, understanding, and caring. We will forever be grateful to them for helping us settle our case. They not only helped us but also our daughter who was injured when a motorist struck her as she was crossing the street in a crosswalk. They also helped settle a case for our son who was injured when hit by a semi-truck. It's good to know you have good attorneys to turn to and we're forever grateful to them both.
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Posted by Michael | April 15, 2015
Awesome Attorney
Jim was mt attorney in an auto malfunction suit that was strongly opposed by the auto manufacturer From the first day Jim was involved and informative helping me to relax and believe in a positive outcome. He was accessible and .proved great at keeping me focused while managing my expectations and anxiety about the case. Eventually a settlement was reached and I was well compensated. Jim is an awesome attorney a good man and now my friend. Michael
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Posted by Shawn | September 1, 2012
Medical Malpractice
I was seriously injured in my doctor’s office. The doctors involved and the entire Western Washington medical community blacklisted me. Jim Whitehead filed a lawsuit against them and I received a settlement. Thank you Jim Whitehead, I love you!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of James F. Whitehead
  • 2008 - Present


  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • Stanford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1968


  • NOAA's Crab Rationalization Program for Bering Sea Aleutian Island crab fisheries
  • Contract arbitrator
  • 2008 - Present
  • Maritime Arbitration Association of the U.S.
  • Member, National Advisory Board, and approved arbitrator
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Transportation Law Professionals
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pacific Northwest Admiralty Law Institute
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Transportation Club of Seattle
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Avvo Top Admiralty/Maritime Lawyer
  • Washington CEO Magazine
  • 2008
  • Who’s Who
  • N/A


  • Maritime Lawyer
  • Deviation: Should the Doctrine Apply to On-Deck Carriage?
  • 1981

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse James
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is a superb attorney, honest and smart."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable and capable trial lawyer. Exercises very good judgment at all times."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a terrific lawyer and is a pleasure to work with. He represents his clients with vigor, innovation and great skill, and obtains first class results."
Personal injury
Admiralty and maritime

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Seattle Personal injury Lawyer James F Whitehead III
James F Whitehead III
Personal injury Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 48 years