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James E. Horne

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Phone: 206.676.7522
Fax: 206.676.7575

600 University St, #2100
Seattle, Washington 98101

Primary Areas of PracticeProduct Liability Litigation (including Toxic Torts and Long-Tail Litigation); Complex & Commercial Litigation; Trial and Appellate Practice, Insurance Coverage Opinions & Insurance Coverage Litigation; and Community Association Law.

J.D., Willamette University School of Law, 1981
Cum laude

B.A., English, Gonzaga University, 1978
Magna cum laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Washington State Courts
Oregon State Courts
Hawaii State Courts
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U.S. District Cout, District of Oregon
U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association

  • Special District Counsel for Washington State Bar Association, 1989-2000
  • Member/Vice Chair, Character and Fitness Committee, Washington State Bar Association, 1997-2000
  • Member/Vice Chair/Chair, Disciplinary Board, Washington State Bar Association, 2000-03
  • Committee of Law Examiners, Washington State Bar Association, 1993-present; Executive Committee Member, 2002-present

Oregon State Bar Association

Hawaii State Bar Association

King County Bar Association

Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Professional History
  • Joined firm in 2008
  • Kingman Ringer & Horne, P.S., 1993-2007
  • Private Practice, 1983-93
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Chief Justice William H. Williams, Washington Supreme Court, 1981-83
Representative Cases/Transactions

Jim Horne has extensive federal and state trial and appellate experience involving a wide range of civil litigation matters throughout the Western United States. He has served as trial counsel in Product Liability claims involving various products, prescription medications, and medical devices including asbestos; urea-formaldehyde; Phentermine of the “Fen-Phen” diet drug combination; bone (pedicle) screws; the food supplements goldenseal and echinacea; football helmets; wall-mounted heaters; and other electrical equipment and appliances. He also has considerable experience with building and construction defect claims on behalf of contractors, building owners and occupants (condominiums, apartment buildings, hotels, parking and other facilities in the hospitality industry) as well as fire loss and property damage claims, including business interruption, loss of use, and loss of access claims.

Mr. Horne was involved in the following representative appellate court cases:

  • Braaten v. Buffalo Pumps, Inc., et al., 165 Wn.2d 373, 198 P.3d 493 (2008)
  • Port of Seattle v. Lexington Ins. Co., 111 Wn. App. 901, 48 P.3d 334 (2002)
  • Broad v. Mannesmann Anlagenbau, 141 Wn.2d 670, 10 P.3d 371 (2000) (certified question from U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 196 F.3d 1075 (9th Cir. 1999))
  • Kitsap County v. Allstate Ins. Co., 136 Wn.2d 567, 964 P.2d 1173 (1998)
  • State of Washington v. Johnson, 104 Wn.2d 179, 703 P.2d 1052 (1985)
  • Cultum v. Heritage House Realtors, 103 Wn.2d 623, 694 P.2d 630, 53 USLW 2387 (1985)
Honors, Publications & Presentations
  • Washington State Bar Board of Governors appointed Chief Hearings Officer, 10/1/15 – 9/30/17.
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Past selection as a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics
  • Instructor, National Academy for Paralegal Studies, 1988-93
  • Author, Federal and State RICO Acts, Civil and Criminal, Chapter 25A of the Washington State Bar Association's COMMERCIAL LAW DESKBOOK
  • Co-author and presenter, "Ethical Obligations of Counsel in Light of Magaña v. Hyundai Motor America," Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Annual Insurance Law Seminar, 2010