James W. Beck

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Tacoma, WA

Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
 | 1201 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: 253-620-6402
Fax: 253-620-6565
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2008 - 2012, 2014 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%)
Attorney Profile

James joined GTH after completing a clerkship for the former Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. He focuses his practice pursuing trials in the areas of personal injury, employment law, and insurance coverage.

James represents individuals and families in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases, victims of sexual abuse, wrongful termination, sexual harassment and discrimination, and prosecutes cases for many returning U.S service members who face discrimination or retaliation in the workplace. Beyond his substantial trial experience, James has briefed and argued multiple appeals, including cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.

When he’s not working, he’s blazing trails, scaling peaks, and skiing with his wife, who works as a local primary care physician, and their three adventurous children.  When he’s not working, he’s blazing trails, scaling peaks, and skiing with his wife, who works as a local primary care physician, and their three adventurous children. 

 
Practice Areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
Employment & Labor: Employee (50%)

Personal Injury - General (50%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

Employment & Labor (50%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2008 - 2012, 2014 - 2015

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About James Beck

Admitted: 2003, Washington

Professional Webpage: http://www.gth-law.com/attorneys/beck

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected for the 2016-2017 Washington Super Lawyer lists

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Board Member, Washington State for Justice Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Member, Washington State For Justice Association
  • Master and Board Member for Robert J. Bryan Inns of Court

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Washington State for Justice Association Foundation Amicus Committee Member
  • Washington State Bar Association Professionalism Committee
  • Washington State Bar Association Amicus Committee

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $612,971 judgment following jury verdict. Trial Counsel for U.S. Air Force Reservist who was terminated from employment after his return from active service. Delay v. Ace Heating, W.D. Wash. Case No. C06-1008.
  • $1,600,000 settlement. Represented four former employees asserting that the chief deputy prosecutor showed favoritism to younger employees, subjected older employees to condescending, hostile and demeaning conduct, and made ageist comments. Attorneys Stephanie L. Bloomfield and James W. Beck represented the four employees in their lawsuit against Clallam County. Case v. Clallam County, Jefferson County Superior Court Cause No. 09-2-00072-6.
  • $680,000 settlement. Brought case against the Department of Social and Health Services after the negligent placement of children into a foster care home wherein the children contracted E. coli. Campbell v. DSHS, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 09-2-07786-5.
  • $1,106,094 judgment following jury verdict. Represented a former Western State Hospital employee in a four-week jury trial. The employee, a mandatory reporter, was demoted and then terminated after reporting expired meat he thought would be served to a vulnerable adult population. The suit sought damages against the State for retaliation. After the verdict, the Court entered an injunction to ensure the Hospital changes policies on retaliation. Quayle v. State of Washington, Pierce County Superior Court Case No.: 15-2-05962-4., 2015
  • $1,357,776 in jury verdicts and judgments. Represented a Registered Nurse who was retaliated against by Western State Hospital and denied access to public records. Boyd v. Western State Hospital, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 12 2 07223-5; Boyd v. Western State Hospital, 187 Wn. App. 5 (2015); Boyd v. Western State Hospital, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 14-2-05677-5; and Boyd v. Western State Hospital, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 14-2-08149-4., 2014
  • $333,541.30 judgment following jury verdict. Represented Army Reservist retaliated against in violation of USERRA. Quinn v. Everett Safe & Lock, Inc., W.D. Wash. Case No. 13-000005., 2013
  • $1,000,000 settlement. Represented child of police officer killed by Maurice Clemmons in Lakewood, Washington. Department of Corrections failed to hold Clemmons under warrant.
  • $31,240,547 jury damages verdict reduced by 55 percent for combination of comparative fault and the inherent risks of skiing. Trial Counsel for a paralyzed skier against Ski Lifts Inc. The jury returned a verdict in the plaintiff’s favor after proving that the resort was negligent in its construction of a man-made ski jump and in its failure to respond to repeated prior injuries and specific warnings by other customers. Salvini v. Ski Lifts Inc., King County Superior Court Cause No. 05-2-13652-9. The case was appealed and affirmed by Division I of the Court of Appeals. Salvini v. Ski Lifts, Inc., 2008 WL 4616708 (2008). Review was subsequently denied by Washington State Supreme Court.
  • $1,106,094 judgment following jury verdict. Represented a former Western State Hospital employee in a four-week jury trial. The employee, a mandatory reporter, was demoted and then terminated after reporting expired meat he thought would be served to a vulnerable adult population. The suit sought damages against the State for retaliation. After the verdict, the Court entered an injunction to ensure the Hospital changes policies on retaliation. Quayle v. State of Washington, Pierce County Superior Court Case No.: 15-2-05962-4., 2015
  • $315,000 judgment. Represented Registered Nurse against Western State Hospital for sexual harassment and retaliation by hospital administrator. Lawrence v. Western State Hospital, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 15 2-07035-1., 2015
  • Confidential settlement.  Trial and Appellate Counsel for employee in Ockletree v. Franciscan Health System, 179 Wn.2d 769 (2014). In a sharply divided 5-4 decision in February 2014, the Washington Supreme Court held that religious non-profit employers cannot discriminate against their employees whose jobs are unrelated to the religious mission of the employer. While the Court held that a state law exemption for religious employers is not unconstitutional in all circumstances, it determined that our client, a hospital security guard who was terminated after suffering a stroke, could continue his disability discrimination case against Franciscan Health System., 2014
  • Appellate Counsel in Belo Management Services, Inc. v. Click! Network, 184 Wn. App. 649, 343 P.3d 370 (2014). Prevailed before the Washington Court of Appeals on behalf of The News Tribune, which was wrongly denied access to public records, including government contracts., 2014
  • $942,252 judgment following jury trial. Trial Counsel for Army Reservist who was discriminated against and retaliated against in violation of USERRA. Campbell v. Catholic Community Services Association of Western Washington, W.D. Wash. Case No. 10-1579-JCC.
  • $4,370,000 jury verdict. Trial Counsel for family of slain Rainier, Washington resident in wrongful death action. Keith v. Skewis, Thurston County Superior Court Cause No. 06 2 01220-5.
  • $3,044,014 judgment. Represented construction worker injured in fall resulting from unsafe work site. Later filed subsequent insurance bad faith lawsuit after an assignment of interests against insurance company. Rosales-Guzman v. Spruce Hills, LLC, Snohomish County Superior Court No. 11-2-04773-1; Rosales-Guzman v. Lloyd’s Syndicate 2112, King County Superior Court No. 12-2-28503-9; Lloyd’s Syndicate 2112 v. Lasher, 2:14-cv-00917-JCC (“After incurring substantial fees and costs to defend the lawsuit, Lloyds paid Guzman the sum of $3,000,000 to settle the lawsuit.”).
  • Appellate Co-Counsel on employment discrimination lawsuit against Thurston County Prosecutor's Office. Trial judgment of approximately $3 million affirmed by Division II of the Court of Appeals. Broyles v. Thurston County, 147 Wn. App. 409 (2008).
  • $308,167 jury verdict and judgments. Represented Western State Hospital employee who was retaliated against by Hospital and denied access to public records after reporting instances of patient neglect and abuse. Sekulic v. Western State Hospital, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 14 2 08828-6. , 2014
  • $225,000 jury verdict for assault, battery, invasion of privacy and negligence.  C.F. v. Barr and Puyallup Basketball Academy, Pierce County Superior Court Cause No. 14-2-07951-1., 2014

Educational Background:

  • University of Georgia, B.S., Ecology, 1999
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Office Location for James W. Beck

1201 Pacific Avenue
Suite 2100
Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone: 253-620-6402

Fax: 253-620-6565

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Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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