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James Savitt

Director, Fennemore

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Jim specializes in the trial and creative resolution of substantial disputes for a diverse client base, including Fortune 500 companies and major e-commerce firms.  While much of his practice has focused on intellectual property, corporate, and commercial matters, Jim believes that knowing how to win a case – developing and executing a strategy to prevail by motion if possible and by trial if not – is the most important skill of a lawyer handling complex litigation.

Before joining Fennemore, Jim was a co-founder of Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP, a highly regarded litigation boutique in Seattle, and previously was a partner in Perkins Coie.  Jim began his career with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City before finding his way to the Great Northwest.  He is a graduate, magna cum laude, of the Georgetown University Law Center.

Outside of the office, Jim served as the Chairperson of the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (which owns and operates Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market) and is a past President of the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center
  • B.A., Cornell University
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About Fennemore


Fennemore is a full-service Am Law 200 business law firm that embraces change and drives innovation. By employing a “sense, seek, seize” approach, we look beyond the horizon to what’s next — both for our clients and employees.

We take immense pride in being recognized as the top revenue producer within the Am Law 200, a clear indicator of our strong market presence and our commitment to delivering unparalleled services to clients. Our firm has also earned the exciting distinction of being the #1 fastest-growing law firm in the country for two consecutive years, a testament to our successful expansion strategy.

Our forward-thinking tradition began in 1885 when two new law school graduates headed west by train with only a few dollars in their pockets. Although their means were modest, their vision was bold. They imagined a firm that was about more than the tasks involved with the practice of law. They wanted to create a law firm that was dedicated to building up people, businesses, and communities. These principles formed the foundation of their new firm. Today, more than 100 years later, their mission endures.

Our purpose is to help our clients and employees thrive. This is reflected in our core values, strategic planning, and decision-making. We believe that success is not just about what you achieve, but also how you achieve it. We encourage all of our team members to share their ideas and perspectives with firm leadership and one another.  In our pursuit of excellence, we’re not afraid to challenge the status quo.

Leading Job Satisfaction and Retention Statistics

Fennemore consistently ranks at the top of the market for job satisfaction and retention. As the statistics demonstrate, when people come to Fennemore, most choose to make it their long-term home. Our team members say they enjoy working at the firm because we have a culture of caring for each other, our clients, and our communities. Consistent with our “people-first” philosophy, our leadership team is committed to setting team members up for success and professional growth.

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