James "Jimmy" Anderson represents people hurt or killed in aviation and other transportation accidents. Jimmy has repeatedly faced off against large insurance companies, corporations, and manufacturers; taking complex cases through trial and appeal, obtaining substantial verdicts for his clients, and winning arguments before the Washington Supreme Court.
Jimmy is also an FAA licensed airplane and helicopter pilot who actively flies in the Pacific Northwest. He is a past chair of the King County Bar Association’s Aviation Section; is a guest lecturer at Central Washington University on aviation law; and regularly gives presentations on aviation law to pilots, flight instructors, attorneys, insurance professionals, and the general public. Jimmy also regularly provides expert commentary to news organizations regarding aviation issues, including piloting, maintenance, and design and manufacturing defects.
AVVO rates Jimmy as 10/10, the highest rating given by the organization. Jimmy has also appeared on the Super Lawyers list of “Rising Stars” from 2015-2018 and for 2020.
Jimmy received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Flight Technology with a specialization in Aviation Management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, from Central Washington University. Both degrees were awarded with honors.
Jimmy received his law degree at Seattle University School of Law with honors, where he was the president of the Dispute Resolution Board. Jimmy won SU’s interscholastic dispute resolution competition and mock trial competition, and was a regional champion and national finalist in the American Bar Association’s Mock Negotiation Competition. On graduation, Jimmy was admitted to the Order of the Barristers as one of the top ten graduates in oral and written advocacy.
Before attending law school, Jimmy worked at the National Transportation Safety Board as an intern Accident Investigator. Jimmy also has a background in Search and Rescue, including training and experience in high angle rescue, avalanche and crevasse rescue, and helicopter rescue extractions.
Jimmy is licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon, but regularly handles cases in other states and Canadian provinces on a pro hac vice basis.