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James McCormick

James McCormick received his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Montana School of Law in 2002, while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in public administration. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Washington in 1999.

As a respected member of the legal community, James was handpicked by then-Attorney General Christine Gregoire to work as an Assistant Attorney General at the State Department of Labor and Industries, where he specialized in litigation involving workers’ compensation and work place injuries. He tried numerous cases to juries all over Washington as an Assistant Attorney General from 2002-2004.

James is Chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way of Pierce County. He works with the Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services Committee and serves as an attorney volunteer and CLE (Continuing Legal Education) speaker for the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Clinic, as well as the Safeplace Volunteer Legal Clinic for Domestic Violence. James is involved with the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Foundation, serving as a board trustee.

James has won numerous awards for his excellent work and involvement in the legal community, including the Outstanding Service Award from the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association in 2014, and the Liberty Bell Award in 2015. He was also recently awarded the United Way Leadership Award in 2016.

James has dedicated his legal practice to helping those who have been injured, particularly with outdoor and recreational injuries. Many of his cases arise involve injuries from swimming pools, playgrounds, ski slopes, bicycles, gyms or in the outdoors. James’ other practice areas include nursing home negligence, product liability, motor vehicle collisions, construction site and premises liability cases. As an experienced and accomplished motorcyclist, Jamey brings a special perspective to motorcycle injury cases.

Outside of law, James loves to be active outdoors with his wife Oona Cooperhill and his two daughters, Willa and Tierney. James and his family enjoy reading together, boating, skiing, volunteering and enjoying the best that life on the Puget Sound has to offer. He wants his girls to grow up with two very important qualities: a sense of adventure and a commitment to the well-being of others.


Marilyn Holzman Award
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, 2016

Thomas Neville Pro Bono Award
Washington State Bar Association, 2008

Rising Star
Washington Law and Politics Magazine, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Pro Bono Public Service Commendation
Washington State Bar Association, 2005-Present

Volunteer Attorney of the Year
Thurston County Bar Association, 2004

Emmett C. Anglund Award
University of Montana, 2002

Top 40 Litigation Lawyers Under 40
American Society of Legal Advocates


Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association,  Elected Board Trustee, 2015.
United Way Pierce County, Board Chairman, 2014-2016; Co-chair of the Public Policy Committee, Board Member 2007-Present
Thurston County Volunteer Legal Clinic, Attorney Volunteer and Continuing Legal Education Speaker, 2002-Present
Safeplace Volunteer Legal Clinic for Domestic Violence, Attorney Volunteer and Continuing Legal Ed. Speaker, 2003-Present
Washington Web Lawyer Committee, Committee member, 2015
Tacoma Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services, Volunteer and Board Member, 2004-Present; Former Board Co-chair, 2012; Co-author of Tacoma Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services, Five Year Strategic Plan, 2012    
YMCA Youth and Government Mock Trial Competitions, Mock Trial Volunteer Judge, 2004-2010
Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association Young Lawyers, Former Elected Trustee, 2007
Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee, Member, 2009
Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Former Member
Pierce County Bar Foundation, Board Member, Vice-President, 2014-2015; President, 2013-2014

reported cases and appeals

Rucshner v ADT, Sec. Sys., Inc., 149 Wash. App. 665, 204 P.3d 271 (2009)

Pupo v Albertson’s, Inc., 170 Wash. App. 1049 (2012), (not reported)

Chadd v United States, No. 11-5894 RJB, 2012 WL 3578660 (W.D. Wash. Aug. 20, 2012), (pending En Banc appeal with the Ninth Circuit)

Tam v United States, 905 F. Supp. 2d 1221 (W.D. Wash. 2012)

Monk v Dep’t of Labor & Indus., 130 Wash. App. 1041 (2005)