James Herr approaches every case looking for creative solutions and innovative ways to prevail. He achieves successful results efficiently through a targeted approach to discovery, motions and trials, and brings passion to each case and each problem.

Prior to joining Savitt Bruce & Willey, James worked for the Mazzone Law firm, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights litigation. James started his career as a Snohomish County Public Defender, and interned for the Honorable Robert Cleland of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Before joining SBW, James tried more than a dozen jury trials and argued before the Washington Court of Appeals.

James is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and of the University of Wyoming where he double-majored in History and Anthropology. While in law school, James competed in local and national moot court competitions, and was the Executive Production Editor for the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review.

James was raised in Wyoming where, by necessity if nothing else, he learned to love the outdoors. Before law school, James also lived in the Netherlands, England and South Korea. He savors his free time hiking, paddle-boarding and kayaking, and trouncing his friends at board games.

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  • J.D. cum laude, University of Michigan, 2015
  • B.A. History and Anthropology, University of Wyoming, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Washington
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Admitted to practice before the Tulalip Tribal Court (inactive)