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Sean T. James

Sean T. JamesAssociate
Sean T. James


Sean James is an Associate in the Seattle office of Williams Kastner. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation practice group.

Sean is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. During law school, he mediated small claims disputes at the King County Courthouse as part of UW’s mediation clinic. Sean also mediated and resolved an EEOC claim involving wrongful termination as part of the mediation clinic.

Before law school, Sean volunteered in the Consumer Resource Center in the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office. In that position he drafted informational resources on common scams and other consumer-related issues affecting Washington consumers. He also communicated directly with Washington residents to answer consumer-related questions, and served as a third party intermediary between Washington consumers and businesses to resolve disputes filed with the Attorney General’s Office.

Professional Experience

  • Williams Kastner, Associate | 2017 – Present
  • Williams Kastner, Summer Associate | Summer 2016


University of Washington School of Law
J.D., with honors, 2017

Oregon State University
B.S., Psychology, cum laude, 2011

Articles & Publications

“Oregon Federal Court Finds HOA Members Lack Standing to Bring Direct Action Against Insurer Under HOA’s Insurance Policy Because They Do Not Qualify as Intended Third-Party Beneficiaries,” Williams Kastner Northwest Insurance Law Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2018.

Representative Experience

Represented a large public company in an eminent domain case brought by Sound Transit for the Redmond light rail link.  Sound Transit condemned the client’s entire 2.5 acre distribution center near the Redmond station, even though Sound Transit did not need the property permanently.  The Williams Kastner team appealed the order of Public Use and Necessity and the issues were fully briefed and set for oral argument in January, 2021.  Prior to litigating Public Use and Necessity, the Williams Kastner team had engaged an architectural expert to prepare a massing study to demonstrate the number of multifamily units that would fit on this site, which influenced the just compensation appraisal.  Sound Transit ultimately increased its initial offer for just compensation from $4,100,000 to a final figure of $12,300,000.  The Williams Kastner team withdrew the appeal and the case settled for approximately $12.3M, roughly triple the initial amount offered for just compensation.