James J. Ragen
Jim grew up in a Montana ranching community where his family first settled in the 1860’s. He attended Harvard College, graduating with honors in 1971 as the first Derby Scholar (established by Ethel Roosevelt Derby, daughter of President “Teddy” Roosevelt). While at Harvard, he served on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Cooperative Society; ran teaching and research programs throughout Massachusetts’ prisons; and was appointed to a Governor’s Task Force on Industry and Education in Corrections.
In 1978, Jim graduated from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar and Co-Editor in Chief of the Annual Survey of American Law. While in law school, he clerked at two United States Attorneys’ Offices and a “Wall Street” firm.
After clerking for the Hon. Charles H. Tenney in the Southern District of New York, Jim moved to Seattle, where he became a partner or founding member in successful firms before the widespread use of computers allowed him and his partner and wife, Gail, to open a new, “virtual” practice. Jim is admitted to practice in Washington, New York, and Alaska, and has litigated cases throughout the country. He has been an “AV” (highest) rated attorney since early in his career.
Jim’s clients have included national and international companies, including foreign governmental entities, in diverse industries. But for many years he has devoted much of his practice to protecting the rights of shareholders, partners, and trust beneficiaries from fraud, oppression, and misappropriation by majority or controlling owners, partners, trustees or other fiduciaries.