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$ 4,000,000 Fishing Boat Fire and Explosion
Circulating compressor explodes leading to burns to deckhand engineer

$ 3,350,000 Fish Processor Injury
Confidential settlement for fish processor injured through negligence aboard ship

$ 3,250,000 Brain Injury
Tug Boat deckhand injured on barge by unseaworthy crane

$ 2,900,000 Wrongful Death for Seaman
Oil response Worker died when winch failed

$ 2,600,000 Arm Injury
Improperly trained fish processor injured cleaning Surimi auger

$ 2,500,000 Amputated hand
Fish processor injured by unguarded fish header

$ 2,500,000 Class Action Wage Dispute for crewman maintenance and cure

$ 2,240,000 Tug Boat Deckhand hand Injury
Tug boat deck hand injured through faulty equipment

$ 2,350,000 Deckhand Injury
Deckhand's foot crushed by moving deck hatch - Boston jury verdict

$ 2,300,000 Brain Injury and Seizure disorder
Negligent failure to provide ship pilot's safe transfer between ships

$ 2,300,000 Wrongful death claims for crewmen in factory trawler sinking


$ 4,000,000 Fishing Boat Fire and Explosion
Circulating compressor explodes leading to burns to deckhand engineer

$ 3,350,000 Fish Processor Injury
Confidential settlement for fish processor injured through negligence aboard ship

$ 3,250,000 Brain Injury
Tug Boat deckhand injured on barge by unseaworthy crane

$ 2,900,000 Wrongful Death for Seaman
Oil response Worker died when winch failed

$ 2,600,000 Arm Injury
Improperly trained fish processor injured cleaning Surimi auger

$ 2,500,000 Amputated hand
Fish processor injured by unguarded fish header

$ 2,500,000 Class Action Wage Dispute for crewman maintenance and cure

$ 2,240,000 Tug Boat Deckhand hand Injury
Tug boat deck hand injured through faulty equipment

$ 2,350,000 Deckhand Injury
Deckhand's foot crushed by moving deck hatch - Boston jury verdict

$ 2,300,000 Brain Injury and Seizure disorder
Negligent failure to provide ship pilot's safe transfer between ships

$ 2,300,000 Wrongful death claims for crewmen in factory trawler sinking


$ 4,000,000 Fishing Boat Fire and Explosion
Circulating compressor explodes leading to burns to deckhand engineer

$ 3,350,000 Fish Processor Injury
Confidential settlement for fish processor injured through negligence aboard ship

$ 3,250,000 Brain Injury
Tug Boat deckhand injured on barge by unseaworthy crane

$ 2,900,000 Wrongful Death for Seaman
Oil response Worker died when winch failed

$ 2,600,000 Arm Injury
Improperly trained fish processor injured cleaning Surimi auger

$ 2,500,000 Amputated hand
Fish processor injured by unguarded fish header

$ 2,500,000 Class Action Wage Dispute for crewman maintenance and cure

$ 2,240,000 Tug Boat Deckhand hand Injury
Tug boat deck hand injured through faulty equipment

$ 2,350,000 Deckhand Injury
Deckhand's foot crushed by moving deck hatch - Boston jury verdict

$ 2,300,000 Brain Injury and Seizure disorder
Negligent failure to provide ship pilot's safe transfer between ships

$ 2,300,000 Wrongful death claims for crewmen in factory trawler sinking


$ 4,000,000 Fishing Boat Fire and Explosion
Circulating compressor explodes leading to burns to deckhand engineer

$ 3,350,000 Fish Processor Injury
Confidential settlement for fish processor injured through negligence aboard ship

$ 3,250,000 Brain Injury
Tug Boat deckhand injured on barge by unseaworthy crane

$ 2,900,000 Wrongful Death for Seaman
Oil response Worker died when winch failed

$ 2,600,000 Arm Injury
Improperly trained fish processor injured cleaning Surimi auger

$ 2,500,000 Amputated hand
Fish processor injured by unguarded fish header

$ 2,500,000 Class Action Wage Dispute for crewman maintenance and cure

$ 2,240,000 Tug Boat Deckhand hand Injury
Tug boat deck hand injured through faulty equipment

$ 2,350,000 Deckhand Injury
Deckhand's foot crushed by moving deck hatch - Boston jury verdict

$ 2,300,000 Brain Injury and Seizure disorder
Negligent failure to provide ship pilot's safe transfer between ships

$ 2,300,000 Wrongful death claims for crewmen in factory trawler sinking


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James P. Jacobsen
Seattle, Washington
phone 206-452-1282
866-974-9633 (Toll Free)
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Jim has more than thirty years of waterfront experience. Jim has worked as a longshoreman, commercial fisherman, and as an able seaman on tug boats.

Jim started on the waterfront his last year of high school and worked his way though college loading logs and lumber on bulk carriers and barges. After graduating from college, he went to sea on commercial fishing boats and served as a deckhand and then mate. Working as a commercial fisherman, Jim sailed the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Prince William Sound, Southeast Alaska, Canadian Coastal Waters, and Puget Sound. Jim knows first hand what 80 knots of wind and 35 foot seas mean to a 105-foot fishing vessel. While working in Alaska, Jim was a member of the Alaska Fishermen's Union.

Jim also sailed on tug boats in Puget Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. The largest was a 150-foot 5,000 horsepower tug which towed a cargo barge on a regular run from Galveston, Texas to Tampico, Mexico. Jim also towed oil barges, gravel barges, spoils barges, and preformed ship assist work. Jim knows first hand what happens when the tug draws more water than the barge and runs aground when the tug is on a short wire. He knows just how dangerous towing can be because of the awkwardness of handling barges and ships with high horsepower tugs. Jim has been there when a tug is in irons and in danger of tripping. While working on tugs, Jim was a member of the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific (IBU).

Taking his maritime career ashore, Jim graduated from law school, with honors, in 1986. Planning a career in maritime law, he clerked for a United States District Court Judge. Jim was then hired as an Admiralty Trial Lawyer in the Attorney General's Honors Program at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Jim handled scores of maritime cases across the United States. After four years with the Justice Department, Jim entered private practice and he has exclusively represented injured fishermen and seamen and their families.

Jim's practical experiences in all aspects of cargo loading, navigation, seamanship, and tugs and towing have been an invaluable asset in his legal career as a maritime lawyer. In maritime law, there is no substitute for real life sea-going experience.

Jim practices maritime law because it is his passion as well as his profession. Members of Jim's immediate family continue to work in the maritime trades as longshoremen, deckhands, masters, and marine engineers. Jim's family daily faces the perils of the sea and he knows, but for the Grace of God, he could be representing one of his brothers or nephews. The fact that Jim and his family have worked at sea fuels his advocacy and his commitment to battle for his clients. Jim also represents maritime labor unions.

Jim has traced his maritime ancestry back to Norway where his great-great grandfather was a sailing ship master. His great-grandfather was an Able Seaman and mate on sailing ships, and his great-uncle was a master and early hard-hat diver. Jim takes a keen interest in all things maritime, and he has an extensive personal library on maritime subjects.

Although Jim no longer works at sea, he still goes to sea on his sailboat, which he named ARENDAL in honor of his grandfathers who shipped out of Arendal, Norway. He works hard to pass his family's maritime traditions onto the next generation.

Areas of Practice:
Wrongful Death
Mooring Line Snapback
Sinkings
Pilot Ladder Accidents
Amputations
Major Head Injuries
Falls on Ladders
Falls From one Deck to Another
Falls on the Dock
Falling Overboard
Hand Crushes
Leg Crushes
Vessel Explosions
Crane Injuries
Wire Rope Injuries
Anchor Winch Injuries
Lifting Injuries
Exposure to Toxic Engine Room Chemicals
Exposure to Toxic Paint Fumes
Sexual Assault
Foot Crushes
Life Boat Failures
Mooring Line Accidents
Tag Line Failure
H-Bitt Failure
Fall From Ship onto Tug Deck
Fall From Ship into the Ocean
Crab Pot Injuries
Pot Launcher Injury
King Coiler Injury
Collisions
Groundings
Heavy Weather Injuries
Waves on Deck Injuries
Crushing Chest Injuries
Defective Ladders
Injuries from Loading Heavy Stores
Capsizings
Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Washington
Alaska
Education:
University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon, 1986
Honors: Order of the Coif


Representative Cases:
Lee v. State of Alaska, 2003 A.M.C. 1566 (Alaska Sup. 2003)
Edgar v. Tyson Seafood Group, Inc., 1999 A.M.C. 2278 (W.D. Wash. 1999)
Langseth v. American Empress, 1998 A.M.C. 476 (W.D. Wash. 1998)
Noble v. Penns Landing, 1992 A.M.C. 721 (E.D. Penn. 1991)
Taylor v. Martin Marietta, 1992 A.M.C. 506 (E.D. La. 1991)
United States v. Central Gulf Lines, 974 F.2d 621 (5th Cir. 1992)
United States Fire Ins. Co. v. Allied Towing, 966 F.2d 820 (4th Cir. 1992)
Avondale Inc. v. International Marine Carriers, 15 F.3d 489 (5th Cir. 1994)
Remolcadores De Malaga, S.A. v. United States, 1992 A.M.C. 14 (E.D. La. 1990)
Robinson v. Cooper/T. Smith Corp., 1989 A.M.C. 2658 (E.D. La 1989)
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Inland-Boatmen's Union of the Pacific
Former Member


Alaska Fishermen's Union
Former Member


Past Employment Positions:
Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Southeast Alaska and Puget Sound, Deckhand and Mate


Hon. Robert C. Belloni, U.S. District Court Judge, D. Oregon, Law Clerk


U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C., Admiralty Trial Attorney