Jim's practice is focused on municipal law and finance with emphasis on serving as bond counsel to Washington school districts and other Washington municipalities. In addition, he has substantial experience in the practice of defending municipalities against challenges to the exercise of municipal authority.
Jim has more than 28 years of experience as a bond attorney for Washington school districts. Since 2007, Jim has acted as bond attorney to Washington school districts on 363 issues with more than $5.93 billion in bonds. He has served as a bond attorney on a variety of financings for Washington school districts, including voted and non-voted bonds (both tax-exempt and taxable), short-term notes, lines of credit, certificates of participation, leases and conditional sales contracts. Additionally, Jim has served as special counsel in the preparation of levy election resolutions. He also has drafted legislation enacted by the Washington Legislature affecting school districts and frequently speaks at WASA, WASBO and WSSDA conferences on school finance related subjects.
He currently serves as bond attorney for more than 160 school districts, including, among many others, Arlington, Battle Ground, Camas, Cashmere, Cheney, Clover Park, Davenport, Deer Park, Dieringer, Eastmont, East Valley (Spokane), East Valley (Yakima), Ellensburg, Ephrata, Franklin Pierce, Freeman, Granite Falls, Highline, Hockinson, Hoquiam, Kalama, Kelso, Kennewick, La Center, Lake Stevens, Medical Lake, Methow Valley, Moses Lake, Nine Mile Falls, North Franklin, Omak, Othello, Pasco, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Prosser, Quillayute Valley, Quincy, Renton, Richland, Selah, Sequim, Shelton, Shoreline, Snohomish, Snoqualmie Valley, Spokane, Sumner, Tukwila, Wapato, Washougal, Wenatchee, White Pass, Yelm and Zillah.