James E. Horne, Partner
  • Jim Horne was born in Osaka, Japan but his family moved to Washington State when he was six months old. The rest of his life has been spent in the Northwest. He grew up in Parkland, near Tacoma, attended Gonzaga University (go Zags!) in Spokane as an undergraduate, and received his J.D. from Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Oregon. He joined GTH in 2008.

    Jim Horne has extensive federal and state trial and appellate experience involving a wide range of civil litigation matters throughout the Western United States. He has served as trial counsel in Product Liability claims involving various products, prescription medications, and medical devices including asbestos; urea-formaldehyde; Phentermine of the “Fen-Phen” diet drug combination; bone (pedicle) screws; the food supplements goldenseal and echinacea; football helmets; wall-mounted heaters; and other electrical equipment and appliances. He also has considerable experience with building and construction defect claims on behalf of contractors, building owners and occupants (condominiums, apartment buildings, hotels, parking and other facilities in the hospitality industry) as well as fire loss and property damage claims, including business interruption, loss of use, and loss of access claims.

  • Education

    • J.D., Willamette University School of Law, 1981
    • Cum laude
    • B.A., English, Gonzaga University, 1978
    • Magna cum laude

    Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

    • Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii State Courts
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
    • U.S. District Cout, District of Oregon
    • U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships

    • American Bar Association

    • Washington State Bar Association

      • Special District Counsel for Washington State Bar Association, 1989-2000
      • Member/Vice Chair, Character and Fitness Committee, Washington State Bar Association, 1997-2000
      • Member/Vice Chair/Chair, Disciplinary Board, Washington State Bar Association, 2000-03
      • Committee of Law Examiners, Washington State Bar Association, 1993-present; Executive Committee Member, 2002-2013
    • Oregon State Bar Association

    • Hawaii State Bar Association 

    • King County Bar Association

    • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association

    • Defense Research Institute

    • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers, Board of Trustees (2019 - Present) 

    • Washington State Bar Association

      • Lawyers Fund for Client Protection Board (2009-present)
    • Washington State Bar Association Hearing Officer Panel (2012 to 2015)

    Professional History

    • Joined firm in 2008
    • Kingman Ringer & Horne, P.S., 1993-2007
    • Private Practice, 1983-93
    • Judicial Law Clerk to Chief Justice William H. Williams, Washington Supreme Court, 1981-83

    Honors & Awards

    • Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors appointed Chief Hearings Officer, 10/1/15 - 9/30/17.
    • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

    Articles & Presentations

    • King County Bar Association "Ethics Workout" CLE - 2017.
    • Author, Federal and State RICO Acts, Civil and Criminal, Chapter 25A of the Washington State Bar Association's COMMERCIAL LAW DESKBOOK.
    • Past Co-author and presenter, "Ethical Obligations of Counsel in Light of Magaña v. Hyundai Motor America," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Insurance Law Seminar.
  • Representative Matters

    • Mr. Horne was involved in the following representative appellate court cases:

      Braaten v. Buffalo Pumps, Inc., et al., 165 Wn.2d 373, 198 P.3d 493.

      Port of Seattle v. Lexington Ins. Co., 111 Wn. App. 901, 48 P.3d 334.

      Broad v. Mannesmann Anlagenbau, 141 Wn.2d 670, 10 P.3d 371 (certified question from U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 196 F.3d 1075 (9th Cir.).

      Kitsap County v. Allstate Ins. Co., 136 Wn.2d 567, 964 P.2d 1173.

      State of Washington v. Johnson, 104 Wn.2d 179, 703 P.2d 1052.

      Cultum v. Heritage House Realtors, 103 Wn.2d 623, 694 P.2d 630, 53 USLW 2387.

  • Fireboats on the Seattle Waterfront
  • Pioneer Square
  • Tacoma Arches at the History Museum
  • Duwamish Waterway and brown field cleanup
  • Reflection pond by the Tacoma Glass Museum
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Telephone: 206.676.7500  Fax: 206.676.7575