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James Francis Dart

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    36 years, 4,288 cases

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy

    36 years, 1,837 cases

I am a lifelong resident of the South sound region. Growing up in the small fishing town of Westport Washington, I understand the needs of my clients. 


With nearly three decades of experience and over 6,000 cases filed, I have the skills and knowledge to get results for my clients. For convenience I have offices in both Tacoma and Olympia. Many of my clients do not realize the potential relief bankruptcy may provide for either themselves or their business until they consult with me.


I also routinely provide consultation and advice for attorneys throughout Western Washington on bankruptcy issues and the impact of bankruptcy on other areas of law.



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Shoemaker & Dart, PS, Inc.
6706 24th Street W, Suite A
Tacoma, WA, 98466

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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent bankruptcy lawyer
James was very knowledgeable and was able to get us chapter 7 BK instead of 11. He has also been easy to get in touch with and continues answer any questions I've had since filing in 2009. He is the best!
Posted by Terry | March 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client on Chapter 13 case
Mr. Dart is an excellent bankruptcy lawyer. Mr. Dart is very knowledgeable and a complete professional and it was a privilege to have him as my lawyer. I would recommend the law firm of Shoemaker Dart to anyone wishing to seek relief from financial distress.
Posted by Bill | October 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
James guided us through a very difficult situation
James helped us through bankruptcy. Obviously that was not a great time for us, just about everything that could go wrong did with the development and construction of our home. He helped us through our financial nightmare. The wife of a co-worker, a local Olympia attorney, had highly recommended him and to this day I'm so glad I checked with her. He gracefully guided us through what could have been a very uncomfortable and daunting process. From the very beginning we knew we were in good hands. He listened attentively and clearly explained every step of the process, but most importantly, each time we communicated I knew He would follow through. I could go on and on, ...I was truly amazed. Hecexemplifies the best of your profession ...and I don't pass out compliments lightly.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2015
Lawyer who helped when nobody else would
I was forced to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy that was complicated with many entities involved. My Bankruptcy attorney at the time had done a poor job in making sure everything was closed off. After discharge, I continued to work on one of the entities to try and turn things around which I did. Once the entity that was written off by everyone, including the bankruptcy trustee, they realized that there was now money, they came clamoring for it without even considering the money or time it took to create something out of nothing , and since my original attorney had not don't his job, my post bankruptcy work was now going to the trustee. All I wanted was to be reimbursed for my expenses in recreating value in the entity. Nobody would listen or even take my case, except for Jim Dart. Jim never wavered, knew I was being wronged and worked tirelessly to find a resolution, which he did. I cant thank Jim enough for doing something that every other attorney I talked to wouldn't touch. I couldn't think of working with any other attorney .Thank you Jim!
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Shoemaker & Dart, P.S., INC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Principal
  • Law Offices of James F. Dart
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Senior Partner
  • Miller & Dart, PS, Inc.
  • 1997 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Rovai, Miller, Orlando & Helbling
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of David A. Yando
  • 1986 - 1990
  • Extern
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for The Honorable Robert W. Skidmore
  • 1985 - 1986
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  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor cum laude
  • 1986
  • University of Puget Sound
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983


  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor Section
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Mary Bridge Festival of Trees
  • Sponsor
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2004 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy for Non-bankruptcy Practitioners
  • 2013
  • Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education
  • Unfair discrimination in Chapter 13
  • N/A
  • National Bankruptcy Institute CLE
  • Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Kitsap Legal Services CLE
  • Bankruptcy & Family Law
  • 2014
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association CLE
  • Bankruptcy Basics
  • 2013
  • Unfair Discrimination Between Classes and Claims
  • Bankruptcy
  • N/A
  • Understanding the New Bankruptcy Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • N/A
  • Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse James
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a veteran bankruptcy practitioner, well respected by his peers. As a fellow bankruptcy attorney, I feel lucky that I can discuss a case or issues with him and gain from his insight and experience."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jim since he started his practice. He is very bright and I confidently refer clients to Jim when I have a conflict."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a well established bankruptcy attorney in the Pierce County area. He is well respected by his peers, and is a great asset for clients and other attorneys."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Many persons attempt to contact a bankruptcy attorney without asking how long have they practiced, do they practice both chapter 7 and 13, how many cases have they filed, are you good.. Mr. Dart does practice all chapters, provides great advice and I have referred clients to him over the years when they want local attorney or because of conflict of interest, etc. I would use him myself if needed! You will be well advised and informed and represented if you employ Mr. Dart!"
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim has impressed me with his level of knowledge and legal analysis of difficult bankruptcy issues."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. From my involvement as a construction lawyer, bankruptcy issues are common. Mr. Dart is both competent and efficient and I often refer clients to him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is an exceptional lawyer. I recommend him without reservation."
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Bankruptcy and debt
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Tacoma Chapter 7 bankruptcy Lawyer James Francis Dart
James Francis Dart
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 37 years