UW Professional & Continuing Education
Partner, Miller Nash LLP

ames T. Yand is a partner and a member of the firm’s litigation practice team. Jim has more than 20 years of experience resolving disputes for business owners and individuals in construction law, products liability, e-discovery, franchise and commercial law.

Clients in the Northwest and around the world know Jim as a reliable ally who practices with integrity and is focused on delivering results. Reputed for critical thinking and problem-solving, no matter the size of the case, Jim specializes in resolving high-conflict cases that often determine the continued success of the client’s interest. He seeks effective resolutions with cost-efficiency. From discovery conducted in Hong Kong to local cases filed in Seattle, Jim leverages his local-national-global knowledge.

Jim is a frequently requested speaker for business and legal programs, providing guidance on legal industry protocol, e-discovery, and relationship development among attorneys.


  • Adams Financial v. Patke & Associates (2017)
  • Multi-million dollar claim against accountant arising from hedge fund audit.
  • Lake Washington Construction v. SFC Foods West (2017)
  • Lien foreclosure for improvements to shopping mall restaurant.
  • Absco Alarms v. Safeco Insurance (2017)
  • Miller Act claim on Navy project.
  • Stedman v. Big 5 Corp (2017)
  • Tort claim defense from injuries occurring at retail business.
  • In re Pagel Trust v. Martin Pagel (2017)
  • TEDRA litigation defense.


King County Bar Association

  • I-502 Task Force, member

Washington State Bar Association

  • Professionalism Committee, chair, 2006-2007
  • Construction Law Section, member

Oregon State Bar

  • House of Delegates, member

American Bar Association Forum on Franchising and Construction, member

American Subcontractors Association Attorney’s Council, member past chair, 2011-2012

Northwest Wall & Ceiling Bureau, member

University of Washington

  • Professional and Continuing Education Advisory Board, member
  • Complex Litigation Course, instructor


  • King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic, volunteer
  • Open Door Legal Services Legal Clinic, advisory board member and volunteer


Jim lives in Seattle with his wife and children. Born in Thailand and raised there until he was 12, Jim enjoys cooking Thai food for friends and family as his creative outlet.


10.03.18 Washington Supreme Court Upholds Strict Interpretation of Contractual Notice Provisions: Failure to Immediately Give Notice of Claim a Complete Bar to Recovery

08.02.18 Injunctive Relief Exclusive Remedy For Successful Bidder Seeking Damages on Construction Job Not Performed

08.02.18 Injunctive Relief Exclusive Remedy For Successful Bidder Seeking Damages on Construction Job Not Performed

06.21.17 Washington Subcontractors Can Seek Bond for Early Release of Retainage

11.21.16 Individual Laborers Granted Lien Rights by Court

03.01.15 Beware of Inadvertent Disclosure of Electronic Information

08.09.13 BIM There, Done That: Creating Contracts That Capitalize on New Technology

12.14.12 How To Keep Your Business' Digital Information Private

09.28.12 Energy Code Revisions Ignite Renewed Interest in Use of EIFS

05.01.12 Professionalism in a Social Media Age ASA Bond and Lien Manual for the Fifty States (2013-2015-Oregon, Washington and Alaska)

Forum-Selection Clause: A Ticket to Elsewhere (Summer 2014)

"The Mining of Metadata: Navigating the Hidden Ethical Dangers of Discovering Hidden Information in Electronic Documents," WSBA BarNews (Sept. 2008)

“Does Your Building Discriminate Against the Disabled: Guidelines for Bringing Existing Public Accommodations Into Compliance With the Americans With Disabilities Act," 4 Hofstra Property Law Journal (1993)

Coauthor: Staying out of Court and in Business (Archipelago Publishing 1997)

“Do You Know Where Your Proprietary Information Is?” Puget Sound Business Journal (Aug. 2006)

“Attorneys Just Say No to New Regulations on Debt Relief Agencies,” Oregon Debtor-Creditor Newsletter (Winter 2006)

“Lack of Standing Stalls Momentum on Challenges to Debt Relief Agency Regulations,” Oregon Debtor Creditor Newsletter (Spring 2006)

“Federal Judges Strike Down Portions of BAPCPA as Unconstitutional,” Oregon Debtor-Creditor Newsletter (Fall 2006)

“New Rules on Electronic Documents,” Northwest Wall & Ceiling Change Order Newsletter (Sept. 2006)

“Electronic Records Management—What You Need to Know to Reduce Legal Liability,” The Contractor's Compass (Third Quarter 2008)

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