James B. Stoetzer

Of Counsel | Seattle | 206.223.7019 |

Areas of Practice

Jim Stoetzer is an experienced litigator who focuses his active trial practice on complex commercial disputes. Jim represents clients in multi-state arbitrations and litigations regarding class actions, management liability, securities, employment, insurance, construction, intellectual property and regulatory investigations.

Professional Experience

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty (1988, 1994)
  • United States Navy; Legal and Personal Officer, USS LaSalle, LPD-3, LTJG (1969-1972)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington (1975)
  • Alaska (1979, inactive)
  • United States Federal District Courts, Alaska and Washington; and pro hac vice in California, Oregon and Hawaii
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Claims


  • University of Michigan (J.D., cum laude, 1975; B.A., with Distinction, 1969)
    • Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Member (1974-1975)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Class Action Defense
  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Privacy and Data Security

Representative Matters and Clients

  • FDIC-R v. NUFIC: Fidelity bond litigation following demise of Washington Mutual Bank
  • Coinstar/Redbox v. NUFIC: Insurance coverage dispute regarding cyber risk policy
  • Hall Street v. Mattel Inc.: Seminal Federal Arbitration Act case on remand from U.S. Supreme Court
  • Borders Group: Seven figure judgment sustained on appeal in favor of Liquidation Trustee
  • The Mission Corporation: Patent law attorney malpractice litigation (defeated alleged inventor of Nintendo Wii Box game control)
  • Ala Wai Boat Harbor: National consumer class action regarding parking industry, pending at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • BP Alaska oilspill investigation matters
  • In Re Hawaiian and Guamanian Cabotage MDL: Part of team securing dismissal of national antitrust class action claims
  • WizKids: Patent law attorney malpractice litigation involving game device
  • Metropolitan Mortgage and Securities Bankruptcy: D&O/E&O insurance litigation
  • NCAA Division One Football Walk-On’s Litigation: Part of team securing dismissal of national antitrust class action claims
  • United States of America v. John Doe: Former CEO/CFO of public company facing SEC complaint and a parallel indictment by the DOJ alleging Sarbanes-Oxley violations, accounting fraud and securities fraud
  • Anchorage International Airport Terminal Redevelopment Litigation:  Seismic design, delay and impact construction claim
  • Rosie O’Donnell v. Entercom: Copyright and trademark suit
  • Shoen v. Amerco, Inc., Arbitration, Reno, Nevada (Advocate Arbitrator in successful enforcement of registration rights agreement taking public the parent company of U-Haul Truck Rental Company)
  • Gerry Sportswear Co. v. Amerex USA Inc., Arbitration, New York City (Represented former owner of sportswear company in an action for breach of the acquisition and employment agreements by Amerex USA Inc., collecting in excess of $2 million in damages and fees)
  • Callison Architecture Inc. v. Cordax Inc.: Software design dispute
  • Getty v. Harmon & Sun America:  Class action securities suit
  • Local counsel in national litigation regarding transportation, tobacco and pharmaceutical industries

Speaking Engagements

  • “Building Information Modeling (BIM): Managing Risk with High Tech Design”
  • “Assessing Litigation Risks and Strategies in Sexual Harassment Retaliation Claims”
  • “Tank in the New Millennium”
  • “Effective Use of Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation,” Washington State Bar Association Seminar
  • “The Perils & Pitfalls for Counsel Representing A&E Joint Ventures”

Awards and Honors

  • Named one of the “Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Alaska” by the American Society of Legal Advocates (2014)
  • Named as a “Washington Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Business Litigation (2007-2017)
  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Avvo Rated 10/10 “Superb”

Professional and Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Inglewood Golf Club (2014-Present)
  • Board of Directors, Starlight Washington Children’s Foundation (2009-2013)
  • Board of Directors, Seattle Children’s Museum (1997-2004)

James B. Stoetzer

Of Counsel | Seattle | 206.223.7019 |


James B. Stoetzer

Of Counsel | Seattle | 206.223.7019 |