Professional Biography

James Sanders Partner

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.8681

    F +1.206.359.9681


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA




James is a Seattle trial attorney who 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. Over his career, James has obtained dozens of defense verdicts, judgments and arbitration awards on behalf of Perkins Coie 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-technology sector, having assisted clients such as Microsoft, AT&T Mobility, Cardiac Science, T-Mobile, CenturyLink, and Boeing with executive negotiations, employee IP disputes and other complex employment issues.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 - 2018: Employment Law - Management
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, "Washington's Super Lawyers" 2007, 2011 - Present
  • 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


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





Areas of Focus

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


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