James R. Blankenship


As Chair of the firm’s Employment Law and Business Litigation Practice group, James represents and advises employers and employees in disputes involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, wage and hour claims, and union matters.  He also represents business entities in complex litigation, professional liability, and regulatory disputes.


Gonzaga University School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2014
  • Gonzaga Law Review, 2012 – 2014
  • Alfred R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Team, 2014

Pacific Lutheran University

  • Bachelor of Business Administration, 2006

Professional and Civic

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • US District and Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America in the practice areas of  ‘Commercial Litigation’ and ‘Litigation – Labor & Employment’ (2024 ed.)
  • Washington Super Lawyers Magazine, “Rising Star” 2023