James Moser

James Moser

James focuses his practice on counseling clients with the design, implementation and operation of qualified defined contribution plans, executive compensation and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (“ESOPs”). His ESOP experience includes company, trustee and shareholder representation in numerous ESOP transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, corporate stock redemptions, shareholder succession and corporate reorganizations.

James previously served as an ERISA Enforcement Advisor and the National ESOP Advisor for the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration where he identified and corrected violations of ERISA in connection with ESOPs, including improper valuations, prohibited loans, discrimination issues, voting rights, diversification and refinancing.


ESOP Association, Member

National Center for Employee Ownership, Member

National Institute of Pension Administrators, Member

BusinessEmployee Benefits & Executive CompensationEmployee Stock Ownership PlansMergers & AcquisitionsTax


Tel: 509.744.1853Fax: 844.462.2907


LL.M., Taxation & Employee Benefits, Georgetown University Law Center, 2009

J.D., University of Valparaiso School of Law, 2008

B.S., Utah State University, 2004

Bar Admissions

Washington, 2018

Missouri, 2016

Oregon, 2014

Utah, 2009

California, 2012 (inactive) 


Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 2017-Present

Seigfreid Bingham P. C., Of Counsel, 2016-2017

PDX Benefits Law, Shareholder, 2015-2016

Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt, Associate, 2014

Jackson Lewis PC, Associate, 2013-2014

Chang, Ruthenberg & Long, Associate, 2011-2013

Department of Labor/Employee Benefits Security Administration, ERISA Enforcement Advisor & National ESOP Advisor, 2009-2011

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