James R. Dixon

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Seattle, WA

Dixon & Cannon, Ltd
 | 601 Union St., Suite 3230, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-315-5748
Fax: 206-957-2250
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Appellate (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

I am a navy veteran and a graduate of Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall). For 29 years I have successfully fought for my clients at every court level in Washington, from municipal court to the Washington State Supreme Court. During this time, I have come to embrace certain ideals. I do not pick needless fights, I treat my opponents with respect, and I do not back down from a necessary fight. I adhere to the old Roman adage, “If you want peace, prepare for war.” To attain a favorable settlement, you must prepare the case for trial. I take the time to fully understand and investigate each client’s story so that a successful settlement can be reached, or a jury trial won. I apply these principles at Dixon & Cannon, Ltd., where I focus upon criminal defense, personal injury, and appeals.

As a criminal defense attorney, I have successfully defended clients in hundreds of jury trials, bench trials, motions hearings and appeals. I recognize that for many of my clients, a shoplifting charge may be as devastating to their employment as a felony conviction, and treat each accusation against my clients with the seriousness it deserves. I have been invited to speak at legal conferences about search warrant challenges and the creative use of evidentiary rules to effectively tell our clients’ stories.

Prior to co-founding Dixon & Cannon, Ltd., I was a senior trial attorney for a national insurance company, and was selected to serve in a specialized unit that focused on protecting individuals against fraudulent claims. I was also responsible for training other attorneys at the office regarding legal developments and current practices in this area of law. I now use the knowledge I gained working for insurance companies to ensure my clients are fairly compensated.

As an appellate attorney, I have obtained new trials or outright dismissals for clients convicted of various crimes, including DUI, robbery, vehicular assault, murder, VUCSA, three strikes offenses and sex offenses.

When not practicing law, I enjoy camping or taking part in multi-sport vacations with my wife and two sons. I also enjoy live jazz, single malt scotch, a good game of chess, and rousing conversation with friends and family.

As an attorney, I work with people going through difficult times. I consider it an honor to represent and guide my clients through challenging life circumstances. My clients enrich my life and it is gratifying to know I have made a difference in theirs.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (40%): Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence

Appellate (30%): Appeals

Personal Injury - General (30%): Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Focus Areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Appeals, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury


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Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019

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About James Dixon

Admitted: 1988, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.dixoncannon.com/attorney-james-dixon/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Federal District Court Bar, Member, 2005
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Eagle Member
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Washington State Association for Justice, Rules Committee
  • Washington State Bar, Member
  • Washington State Bar Court, Former Rules Committee Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presentation to other criminal defense lawyers on the most effective means of challenging search warrants, Speaker, Challenging Search Warrants, 2017
  • Effectively Advising Criminal Clients About Related Civil Claims, Speaker, Washington Defender Association, 2015
  • Use of Particular Vulnerability Instructions at Trial, Speaker, Washington State Association for Justice, 2013
  • Maximizing Settlements with insurance Companies, Speaker, Washington State Association for Justice Roundtable, 2013
  • Challenging Search Warrants, Speaker, Washington Defender Association, 2010
  • Understanding ER 404(b), Speaker, Washington Defender Association, 2006
  • The Defense Perspective, Speaker, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • A seminar for trial attorneys on how to make proper objections to hold the trial courts accountable for bad rulings, Presenter, Making the Record, Washington Defender Association, 2016

Educational Background:

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2014
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Office Location for James R. Dixon

601 Union St., Suite 3230
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-315-5748

Fax: 206-957-2250

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Last Updated: 2/11/2019

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