Opus Law Group
This page is dedicated to Tom James, the founder of Opus Law Group, who died in an automobile accident in January 2016. Our firm was born from his vision of a specialized practice, his extraordinary work ethic, and his desire to combine with a few other lawyers and staff to form a group that would be intimate yet would practice at the highest levels of the profession.

Tom was a brilliant lawyer. He had the rare ability to combine a national transactional practice with a top quality litigation practice, representing some of the country's biggest and most prominent retailers while also mastering the complexities of environmental insurance claims. He was a mentor to all who worked with him.

A native Washingtonian (born in Tacoma), Tom excelled in high school and at the University of Washington. The only thing that lured him away from the state was the call of Harvard Law School, where he was the Executive Editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review (1979-1980). He returned to Seattle after law school and worked at Davis Wright Tremaine for over 20 years. He founded Opus Law Group in 2006 with handful of trusted colleagues.

For over 20 years, Tom organized, sponsored and moderated a retail seminar that brought together retailers from all over the country, as well as luminaries from local companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks and Nordstrom, to name just a few. The seminar allowed lawyers, business people and others to share the latest in business strategy, upcoming developments, and of course a few legal tips as well.

In addition to many professional organizations, Tom was also involved with several community ones. He served on the St. James Cathedral Parish Council in the early 1980's and was on the Boards of the Seattle Symphony and PONCHO for many years. In 2013, Tom became co-founder and Co-President of the Northwest Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums.

Tom's focus on work, though great, was secondary to his care for his family. Tom met his wife Gail in 1985 and they had two sons, Tommy and Bobby, who were a source of pride and the recipients of Tom's great love. He also loved the Church, the Royal Family, and works of great art and literature. He never stopped his quest for learning, and he touched the heart of everyone he met with his knowledge, his good humor, his kindness and his generosity.

Tom has left behind a robust legal practice, a list of impressive and loyal clients, and those who had the privilege of working with him and knowing him, a pleasure some of us had for over three decades. We are eternally in his debt and plan to carry on our practice with the same high principles and skill that characterized all that Tom did.