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About me

I was born and raised in Whatcom County, Washington, near the US/Canadian border.   I am a proud partner in a Henry, DeGraaff & McCormick, a three-attorney firm based in Seattle, but I spend a great deal of time in our Bellingham branch office.   We assist consumers and small businesses with bankruptcy, debt settlement, and debt-related consumer rights litigation.  


I live in Bellingham, Washington with my wife and daughter.  When I'm not assisting clients, I enjoy fishing our local rivers and streams for salmon, trout and steelhead.



Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11: 40%
  2. Chapter 7: 25%
  3. Chapter 13: 25%
  4. Foreclosure: 5%
  5. Debt Settlement: 5%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Monica Chin

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  • Christina Latta Henry

    I endorse this lawyer. Jacob is one of the most creative and intelligent bankruptcy attorneys in the bar. I have been practicing bankruptcy for ten years and I can honestly say that I learn a new way of looking at debt and bankruptcy issues in every conversation I have with Jacob about a a case. When he approaches a solution for a client, he thinks outside of the box and develops comprehensive solutions that are the client's best interest. I am in awe of what he has done with the Chapter 11 practice he basically created from scratch while maintaining his interest and compassion for consumer clients in Chapter 13 and Chapter 7. I regularly refer cases to him now and ask him for advice to think through difficult issues even though I have been practicing bankruptcy longer than he has.


    Christina Henry Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
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Contact info

Henry, DeGraaff & McCormick, P.S.

1833 North 105th St.
Suite 200
Seattle, WA, 98133

Henry, DeGraaff & McCormick, P.S.

1155 N. State St.
Suite 608
Bellingham, WA, 98225



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono HonorsThomas Jefferson School of Law2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHenry, DeGraaff & McCormick, P.S.2012 - Present
AttorneyJohn Long Law PLLC2010 - 2012
OwnerThe DeGraaff Law Firm, PLLC2010 - 2010
AssociateMacey & Aleman,P.C.2009 - 2009
Electronic Discovery and Technology (E-DAT) LawyerKirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis2008 - 2009
AssociateLibey, Ensley, Esser & Nelson PLLC2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2014 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2013 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
WSBA Professionalism CommitteeChair - Member Outreach Subcommittee2010 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rupanjali Snowden, Debtor, v. Check Into Cash of Washington, Inc.,The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a published decision, upheld the punitive damage award and overturned the lower court's denial of attorney fees.
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Publication nameTitleDate
King County Bar BulletinPrivate Student Loan Debt Hits Crisis Point – Bankruptcy May Offer Relief2012
King County Bar BulletinIpso Facto Clauses: Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Law in Flux2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Western Washington UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
UW School of Law, Professional Responsiblity ClassProfessionalism Beyond the RPCs2012
Seattle University School of Law Professional Responsibility ClassProfessionalism: Beyond the RPCs2012
Bankruptcy Hot TopicsPressing Issues in Chapters 7 and 13 Cases2012
Bankruptcy 101Critical Issues and Chapter 13 Plan2012
Bankruptcy 101: Practice, Petition, and the PlanPetition, Schedules and Plan: Preparation Workshop2011