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James Herr approaches every case looking for creative solutions, and gets successful results for his clients through a targeted approach to discovery, motions, and trials. James was previously a criminal defense attorney, zealously advocating for his clients in all levels of the Washington State courts. He brings that same passion to his current clients, finding innovative ways to prevail through all stages of litigation.

Prior to joining Savitt Bruce & Willey, James worked for the Mazzone Law firm, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights litigation. Before switching to private practice, James worked for the Snohomish County Public Defenders and interned for the Honorable Judge Robert Cleland of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. In these roles, James solo-tried over a dozen jury trials, wrote numerous appellate briefs, and argued before the Washington Court of Appeals.

James is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, and 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 he learned to love the outdoors. Before law school, James also lived in the Netherlands, England, and South Korea. He spends his free time hiking, paddle boarding and kayaking, and trouncing his friends at board games.


  • 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)