Jim Ryan is a Kitsap County native, born in Bremerton and raised in Poulsbo. He graduated from Western Washington State College in 1971 and from Drake University School of Law, with honors, in 1974. He was Order of the Coif and a member of the Law Review staff while at Drake.

After graduation from Law School, Jim served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Charles F. Stafford of the Washington State Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice in all Washington courts, the U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He joined the law firm in August of 1975.

Jim is active in the Kitsap County community. He is active in East Bremerton Rotary (President 1989-90), Kitsap County Estate Planning Council (President, 2001) and the Kitsap Golf & Country Club. His practice is in the areas of estate planning, probate, real estate, business planning and transactions.

Areas of Practice


Probate & Estate Administration

Real Estate

Estate Planning


Bar Admissions

Washington, 1974

U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1976

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1977


Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa

Doctor of Jurisprudence (with honors) - 1974

Western Washington State College, Bellingham, Washington

Bachelor of Arts - 1971

Major: History/Political Science


Securities - An Acquiring Corporation's Liability for Misleading Statements, Drake Law Review, Vol. 22, No. 3, 1973

The Iowa Long-Arm Statute - Ten Years After, Drake Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 2, 1974

Tort Law in Washington: A Legal Chameleon, Gonzaga Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1975




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