A Seattle native, Jim joined GTH as a Partner in 1980, after working for the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He focuses his practice on complex negotiations, project permitting and implementation, representation of public and private entities in multi-party negotiations, with an emphasis on environmental issues including natural resources, energy and tribal law. He particularly enjoys negotiating and implementing solutions to long-standing problems or helping to launch challenging new projects.
His commitment to the environment extends to his life outside the office where he serves on the board of directors of Urban Waters and is a member of Ruckelshaus Center for Public Policy. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington Tacoma. Although he’s an avid freshwater fisherman, his ideal vacation spot is the British Virgin Islands where you would probably find him happily in pursuit of some massive and wily saltwater game fish.
American Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
University of Washington, Tacoma Advisory Board (2007-Current)
Urban Waters, Board of Directors (2005-Current)
Ruckelshaus Center for Public Policy (2004-Current)
Western Washington University, Trustee (1981-93)
Northwest Renewable Resource Center, Chairman (1984-98)
Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Program Review Advisory Committee, Board Member (1994)
Washington State Energy Strategy Committee, Chairman (1991-93)
Currently working with Sea Breeze Power Corporation to provide strategic advice and intergovernmental coordination on the underwater, underground Juan de Fuca Cable Project, an energy transmission cable connecting the United States and British Columbia.
Provided SSA Marine strategic advice on long-term terminal development and federal joint venture legal issues in tribal hunting and fishing rights and environmental permitting.
Co-mediated discussions with multiple stakeholders to determine possible solutions to the recharge and management of groundwater resources in the Los Angeles area’s Central and West Coast Basins.
Advised the local Regional Transportation Investment District on developing and implementing a regional transportation investment plan. Also provide advice on intergovernmental state and local matters.
Lead negotiator for Pierce County, the Port of Tacoma, Cities of Tacoma, Fife, and Puyallup, and private landowners in negotiating a comprehensive agreement with the Puyallup Tribe resolving land claims and disputes over governmental authority. The $162 million settlement was the second largest settlement of this type in the country. The agreement, approved and funded by the State of Washington, the U.S. Congress, local governments and the private sector, was ratified by the Federal District Court and went into effect in March 1990.