Shaker, James M.
Seattle, Washington, USA
+1 206 654 2261
+1 206 583 0359
Jim handles complex litigation including the following:
-Commercial litigation- representing parties in business disputes
In addition, Jim counsels employers (regionally and internationally) and individuals on a wide variety of employment-related issues, including employment agreements and severance packages.
Before joining Ryan Swanson, Jim worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, in Washington, D.C. He currently serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and has been named in Washington Law & Politics’ Super Lawyers® list.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
-Speaker, Ryan Swanson's Annual Employment Law Update
-Represents various technology and biotechnology companies, as well as healthcare, manufacturing, boat building, insurance and other industries with respect to employment issues relating to discrimination, retaliation, trade secret information and temporary/leased employees.
Admitted to Practice
Jim was born and raised in Connecticut and was with the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, in Washington, D.C., before joining Ryan Swanson in 1983.
Jim says that being exposed to the family grocery and real estate business at a young age made him a better lawyer. “My parents’ business provided a real-life education on how a business operates. Today, when a business comes with an employment law or other legal problem, I don’t look at it only as an employment law or legal issue. Instead, I look at the big picture to see how the problem relates to the overall organization. This perspective helps develop more effective, creative options and practical solutions that clients are seeking."
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