James D. Stensel

Attorney

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Practice Emphasis

James began his career in family law more than two decades ago, working as a paralegal for some of Seattle’s most notable and respected family law attorneys. After years spent working closely with attorneys, clients, and experts, James enrolled in and completed law school, all while working full time as a legal intern. As a family law attorney honed by his experiences, James’ strategy in every case is to begin by working to resolve disputes rather than create them. But, if the case calls for it, he loves nothing more than going to bat for his clients. James is experienced in several areas of family law, including divorce cases involving high net worth, complex finances, and jurisdictional issues. He knows that the decisions made in a case will affect a client’s financial health for many years to come and approaches each case with a long-term outcome focus and strategy.

Education

Seattle University School of Law

  • Juris Doctor
  • CALI Award for Trial Advocacy
  • Cheney/Metzger Writing Competition Scholarship Nominee

Pacific Lutheran University

  • B.A. Prelaw and Philosophy

Edmonds Community College

  • Advanced Paralegal Certificate

Publications/CLEs

“When Divorce May Be The Only Cure: An Unconventional Approach to Healthcare Access for Sick Spouses,” King County Bar Bulletin, August 2018

“Divorce Under Tax Reform: The Elimination of the Spousal Support Tax Benefit and Other Changes,” Strafford CLE Webinar, 2019