Professional Biography

James Sanders Partner

Firmwide Co-Chair, Trade Secrets

  • Seattle

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    Seattle

    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099

    +1.206.359.8681

    JSanders@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

Trial attorney James Sanders focuses on employment law. James's practice covers all types of legal disputes that arise between employees and employers, including employment discrimination, whistleblower, trade secret, non-competition, employee raiding, wage-and-hour and employment class action disputes. Throughout his career, James has obtained dozens of defense verdicts, judgments and arbitration awards on behalf of the firm’s clients. An experienced first-chair trial attorney, he is frequently engaged to take over as a matter approaches trial.

James also has an active counseling practice, especially in the high-tech sector, having assisted clients, such as Amazon, Microsoft, Avanade, T-Mobile and Boeing with executive negotiations, employee IP disputes and other complex employment issues.

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Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016 - 2022: Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, "Washington's Super Lawyers" 2007, 2011 - 2021
  • Recognized by King County Bar Association for pro bono work with the Lutheran Compass Center
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2015: Employment Law

Professional Leadership

  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2002 - 2003

Related Employment

  • University of Washington School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy

Clerkships

  • Hon. William Shubb, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1994 - 1995

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Education

  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1994
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Rhetoric, with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991