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James Henry MaGee

Family Attorney at Olympia, WA

4.6   99 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1993
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2023

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While emphasizing bankruptcy and family law, we represent people in varying matters. We provide legal services in a courteous, confidential, friendly and professional manner in Tacoma, Olympia, Chehalis, Bremerton, and other cities throughout the Puget Sound and the State of Washington.


Law Office of James H. MaGee Washington Bankruptcy Attorney
2316 4th Ave E
Suite D
Olympia, WA, 98506
James MaGee, Attorney
Central Washington Lawyers, PLLC
406 West Broadway Avenue Suite B
Moses Lake, WA
Law Offices of James H. MaGee Washington Bankruptcy Attorney
304 Main Avenue South
Suite 106
Renton, WA, 98057-2758
Law Offices of James H. MaGee Washington Bankruptcy Attorney
104 West Meeker Avenue
Suite F
Puyallup, WA, 98371
Law Offices of James H. MaGee Washington Bankruptcy Attorney
4171 Wheaton Way
Suite 5
Bremerton, WA, 98310
Law Office of James H. MaGee Washington Bankruptcy Attorney
383 NW State Avenue
Chehalis, WA, 98532
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4.6 / 5.0
  99 customer reviews
Posted by Richard | February 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thanks James!
I contacted the Law Offices of James H. MaGee after talking to another attorney about my financial difficulties. The difference was night and day. I was confused about my options and swimming in an avalanche of information which only added to the confusion. My life had been reduced to sleepless nights and a steady stream of phone calls from my creditors demanding money I didn’t have. I was looking at losing my home and staring at a very dim road ahead. The Law Offices of James H. MaGee looked at my situation and took the time to answer my questions and to explain the Bankruptcy process to me. I went from being hopeless and terrified to having greater understanding and a reason to be hopefully. If any of this sounds like you and your situation I strongly encourage you to give them a call and make an appointment. There is no reason to live life paralyzed with fear any more… There is hope…. I highly recommend them!
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Posted by Allen | September 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
I had reservations about filing bankruptcy. So I did some research to find the best possible attorney. I went to his consultation and was very pleased and comfortable discussing my case. I hired him that very day. He and his staff were very respectful, courteous, helpful and knowledgeable. I would certainly recommend Mr. Maghee as your choice if you are overwhelmed with finances and can't get a grip on them. If I had to do it all over again, I would return to his practice again! Allen
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Posted by Kelly | September 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
bankruptcy review
We hired James H. Magee to file for bankruptcy. He and the staff were very helpful ,friendly and professional in guiding us through the whole process. Thank you!
Posted by Cheryl | June 1, 2015
Excellent lawyer
From my initial consultation, I knew James was the right attorney for me. He's very knowledgeable and kind. He took the time to get to know my situation. I felt like I was in good hands. I filed chapter 7, his team was helpful every step of the way. He eased my anxiety and gave me piece of mind. I would recommend him to my family and friends.
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Posted by Shannon | April 14, 2015
Wonderfully Professional
James Magee and Mary were great to work with. Very professional, quick, and easy to work with. I was very nervous at first, but after my first meeting with the two I felt very at easy. Thank you to the entire team for all of your help!! I would recommend Mr. Magee to anyone looking for a bankruptcy lawyer.
Posted by Ted | April 5, 2015
Bankruptcy Lawyer
My wife and I moved to washington and had to deal with filing a bankruptcy that involved 2 states and Mr. MaGee and his assistant Mary were the BEST !!!!!! if you need help with a bankruptcy I would HIGHLY advise you to call Mr. MaGee and his staff, they will make it as easy as possible for you during a tough time in your life.
Posted by Brian | March 10, 2015
Happy St. Patrick's Day Atty. James MaGee
The law offices of James MaGee, and especially Mary helped make a complicated Chapter 7 Bankruptcy look easy. I was in and out of court in less than an hour. Thanks for giving me a new start.
Posted by Deone | March 10, 2015
Very professional, caring and helpful
I just recived my Discharge of Debtor letter. What a relief! I had dreaded the process however after working with Mr MaGee and his staff I can say it was not as painful as I had expected. They were patient (I had to go through lots of paperwork to find all my debts) and helpful when I had questions or concerns. I would recommend his office to others.
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Posted by MELISSA | February 24, 2015
Thank you
The law offices of James MaGee made an extremely stressful and emotional situation go much better than expected. The office employees were always readily available to help and answer any and all questions. Our thanks to this team!
Posted by Donald | January 27, 2015
Excellent Bankruptcy Lawyer
James H MaGee Was my attormey for my Bankruptcy case they did an excellent job . They had every thing ready and complete when we went to court. So it sailed right thru if you are in need of a good Law firm this is the one
Posted by Diane | January 12, 2015
James MaGee was the first Bankruptcy lawyer we saw and we hired him that evening. Having to file bankruptcy is a stressful experience, but Mr MaGee and his staff kept us on track over what paperwork was still needed. I primarily spoke to Mary at the office in Tacoma. She was very friendly and respectful whenever I called. I was very glad to have Mr. MaGee there with us during our court appearance. I remember walking to the car afterwards and telling my husband that the hard part is now behind us and feeling so relieved. If you're looking for a lawyer to help you when you're drowning in debt he's a lawyer that gets the job done.
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Posted by Donavan | January 10, 2015
Thank you!!
Thank you for your help with my case.You and your staff (special thanks to Mary) have made my life much better.Your knowledge and experience have given me a new and brighter future.I will recommend you to others that are in the same situation I was in.It was nice not being judge and instead helped and shown that things can and will get better. For someone reading this and thinking about bankruptcy, go to the his web site ,read the info and set up an appointment.I took as much paper work as i could to my first meeting and after asking questions knew I was at the right place and started the process that day.Mary helped me to get missing papers and a few days later it was filed with the court and the phone calls stopped! I did the credit courses online,it was easy and convenient and I didn't have to miss any work.At the 341 meeting everything was in order and after a few questions we were done.Now waiting for the court to discharge my chapter 7 and move forward.I have been getting lots of letters from car dealers wanting my business.I don't see a problem getting a new car just need to do some shopping and not settle for the first offer. There is life after bankruptcy and it looks really good. Thank you to all that helped with my case
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Posted by carlyn | January 3, 2015
James is not just any average lawyer out there trying to make money, he showed me sincerity and caring about my general situation and future. He showed his knowledge and was very professional. Once my bankruptcy was complete I remember telling him" I sure wish you were a lawyer in all different departments because I would use you again in a different circumstance!" I found James by referral and I definitely would refer him to anybody else! His staff was also very friendly which is important.
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Posted by Geralee | December 16, 2014
Was recommended by a co-worker and was very pleased with my finally out come. Everything went very smoothly. James himself was very helpful, kind, and knowledgeable. Everything went very quick from the beginning to the final result. Also he has an AAA+++++ staff. He helped me and my family with a brand new start. would recommend him to anybody who is looking for a great bankruptcy lawyer!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2014
Honest Layer, Yes there is at least one.
I came in looking for a bankruptcy lawyer, but felt like I met a friend. I explained my situation and Jim informed me that WA law worked in my favor and that I did not need to file for bankruptcy. He could have talked me into a bankruptcy and made money off me but he instead told me the truth. For a refreshing change in todays business dealings please give Jim a try.
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Posted by Dorothy | August 6, 2014
A new start in my life...Service was great!
I want to thank you and your staff for all the help of getting my life back on track. I feel a weight has been lifted and I have a new start to a better future with my family. God Bless and keep up the good work.
Posted by david | August 2, 2014
Good experience
I would highly recommend James and his staff that will help walk you through the process of a bankruptcy. Once it was filed it went very quick and I have been very happy with the results. Thank you again.
Posted by Andy | July 31, 2014
His office was very professional from start to finish. He spent the time to review all of the details of my case and make sure I understood as well. His office staff was prompt and took care of any questions.
Posted by La Sonia | May 16, 2014
James MaGee is an excellent attorney and the kindest!
Mr. MaGee was very honest and helpful. I came into the office feeling pretty desperate and without options for my financial situation. Mr. MaGee put me at ease, gave me the facts and even covered for me when I missed my bankruptcy hearing. I would recommend his services to anyone.
Posted by Peter | May 13, 2014
What a lawyer should be, James Magee is
Bankruptcy is hard for anyone. this was my second time in 8 years and what we as clients have to realize is that yes, we are paying for a service. we are not paying for this experience to dissappear. It is my job to do the footwork to provide what he needs. Whether by our own undoing or unforseen happenings, the lawyer, "this laywer" understood my situaution and recognized the struggle of this process. James & staff are here to guide, inform and do what we cannot. James and staff make it clear the documents needed, the time frame for submission, the cost, the time and the place. It's our job as consumers to learn from this so as not to repeat. If we work for nothing, we earn nothing. James Magee and his staff provide everything I needed to feel at ease, respected and understood.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2023.

Admonition issued in WA, 2023
updated on 10/03/2023

An admonition means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar gives the lawyer an admonition in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Central Washington Lawyers, PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • McKean Law Office, PS
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of James H. MaGee
  • 1996 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Shafer Law Firm
  • 1993 - 1996
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  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Whitworth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


  • Grant County Bar Association
  • Member, Secty/Treasurer
  • 2020 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Accredited Business
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Civility Committee
  • N/A
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish


  • William J. Factory SBI
  • Construction Lien Claims
  • N/A
  • Small Business Administration SCORE
  • Business Entity Choice, a Comparative Approach
  • N/A
  • Nat'l Association of Credit Managers
  • UCC-1 Perfection Issues
  • N/A
  • International Credit Association
  • Creditor Claims in Probate Proceedings
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (5)
Endorse James
Family Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse James McGee. I had a family law matter in Grant County Washington which needed an experienced attorney to be available on short notice to my client who had custody and support issues. Mr. McGee made himself available on short notice and was able to give high-touch service to my client and her case. I value James' legal strategy and client centered approach to his representation."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. MaGee utilizes his many years of bankruptcy knowledge to exact the best results possible, time after time. He is thorough and provides compassionate counsel and dedication. I endorse this lawyer unreservedly."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. MaGee is an outstanding and excellent attorney. I would recommend anyone and everyone to him for his services. I have been practicing for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, private attorney, and prosecutor, and I learn from his answers on Avvo every day. Simply an exemplary attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an attorney who is as easy to talk with as he is knowledgeable. He is capable not only of handling your most difficult problems, but also explaining the legal terms to you in simple English. I would recommend his services to anyone in need of help navigating through the complex world of bankruptcy."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly recommend Mr. MaGee to anyone facing financial difficulties. I do not hesitate to refer my family law clients to him if they need to consider filing bankruptcy. I had him as opposing counsel on a divorce matter previously, and he is a hard-working, honest,and ethical advocate. He is not fearful of arguing for changes in the law that he believes will benefit his client, hence his successful advocacy in Choate before the Court of Appeals, Div. II."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a superstar on the West Coast for all bankruptcy issues. A tremendous personality, a deep and extensive knowledge of the law, and an engaging manner makes him a pillar in our community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Other
"I have personally known James for some time now. As a fellow Bankruptcy practicioner, I can honestly say that James is one of the most ethical attorneys I have met in the field. He has a mastery of all areas of Bankruptcy law and is an incredible advocator for his clients in and out of the courtroom. On many occasions I consult with James on complex aspects of federal law and I am still amazed at his insight and understanding of even the most intricate details of Bankruptcy Law. Filing Bankruptcy is serious business and therefore the decision to pick the right attorney is crucial. I would not hesitate to recommend James Magee to anyone in need of an attorney!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. James Magee was the bankruptcy attorney I trusted to represent me in my bankruptcy. I don't trust lawyers easily. My trust in James Magee was not misplaced. Mr. Magee did everything he said he would, and more. James knew the law very well. I had gotten caught between an ugly divorce, which lasted two and a half years, and a surprising, recent slowdown in my self-employment income, and James Magee was there to be my bankruptcy advocate! Thank you, Mr. Magee."
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