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James William Taylor

Entertainment Attorney at Seattle, WA

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also known as James, Jim

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Entertainment
    Transactional entertainment, media and communications law practice representing artists, producers and promoters.

    34 years, 5 cases

  2. Government contracts
    Litigation and transactional practice representing government contractors at the local, state and federal levels. Experienced in handling bid protests and appeals.

    39 years, 100 cases

  3. Employment and labor
    Transactional practice representing employers in labor disputes.

    38 years, 14 cases

  4. International law
    International political law practice focused in Micronesia (former Legal Counsel to VP of the Republic of Palau for 5 years).

    22 years, 28 cases

James W. Taylor represents clients involved in the entertainment industry: actors, producers, filmmakers and screenwriters worldwide. His career has been varied and spans more than 30 years with positions in private law firms, corporate law departments and government legal positions. He was awarded a Master of Laws and Master of Arts degrees from the George Washington University and received his Juris Doctorate from the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Miami University of Ohio. Taylor is a member of the California, Washington and District of Columbia bar associations.

He produced a documentary on the culture of Okinawa, Japan that was broadcast over a five year period on the Discovery HD Theatre. Several of his short films have won awards and been screened in the US and internationally. One of his screenplays recently was a semi-finalist in a national screenplay competition. Taylor has been a volunteer at the prestigious Sonoma International Film Festival for over five years where he has recruited celebrities, screened films, assisted with guest management and, since December 2017, worked as the Wine Manager for the 21st annual festival. As an attorney, he has held positions with the American Bar Association, acted as the Editor-in-Chief of a prestigious law journal and spoken widely around the world before conferences hosted by professional associations. He is also well published as an author.

Prior to joining The Jacobson Law Firm, Taylor spent 10 years working in the western Pacific and, while there, worked as the sole attorney to an important political figure in Micronesia as well as acting as the Legal Counsel for the Public Auditor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. Territory. Taylor is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who, during his military career, produced TV commercials for recruiting purposes, negotiated federal contracts and handled aircraft maintenance work on the Presidential Air Fleet. Today he practices a mixture of entertainment, technology law and also produces films. 

Photos and videos

President Bush at the United Nations with Secret Service Officer.
Fans & Favorites Immunity Idol.
With Jeff Probst - Fans & Favorites (Palau)
At stage show in Tokyo with Sumo champion and good friend.
Licensed for 41 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 03/18/2023
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1982
Updated 06/08/2022
State CA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1981
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Taylor Law & Media
1001 Fourth Avenue
Suite 3200
Seattle, WA, 98154


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Posted by justin | June 4, 2015
great attorney
James is a great attorney as he is very competent and provides cost-efficient and effective advice that helps all his clients.


  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Media Producer
  • Taylor Law & Media
  • 2017 - Present
  • Government Attorney (Japan)
  • Us Air Force Jag
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • The Jacobson Firm
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Legal Counsel to the Public Auditor/Asst Attorney General
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Legal Counsel to the Vice President
  • Government of the Republic of Palau
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Taylor Law Offices
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Senior Manager of Contracts & Law
  • IBM
  • 1998 - 2002
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  • George Washington University
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1987
  • George Washington University
  • Master of Arts
  • 1982
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969
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  • National Contract Management Association
  • National Vice President
  • 1987 - 1989
  • American Bar Association
  • Associate Editor, Public Contract Law Journal
  • 1984 - 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese

Honors and Awards

  • Performance Award
  • US Marine Corps
  • 2005
  • Performance Award
  • IBM
  • 2000
  • National Achievement Award
  • National Contract Management Association
  • 1999


  • Widely Published
  • Articles related to IT, Government Contracts, Employment Law
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • MILOPS 2009
  • Legal Aspects of Maritime Law Enforcement in the Pacific
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse James
Entertainment Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I know James for over 30 years and am now honored that he is Of Counsel to my firm on the West Coast. Intelligent educated cultured wine expert. Master of the cinema"
Intellectual property

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Seattle Entertainment Lawyer James William Taylor
James William Taylor
Entertainment Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 41 years