James R. Sweetser founded
Sweetser Law Office. Sweetser's law practice concentrates primarily on
catastrophic personal injury and
wrongful death claims in both State and Federal Courts. Prior to forming his injury litigation
and trial law firm, Mr. Sweetser served as Spokane's elected Spokane
County Prosecutor where he oversaw every prosecutorial unit in Spokane
County. As the former elected prosecutor, he has had a large number of
high-profile trials in both criminal and civil cases. Since leaving the
prosecutor’s office, he has worked exclusively with personal injury
clients, including auto accident and wrongful death victims.
Mr. Sweetser stays up-to-date on cutting-edge trial presentation techniques
by participating in trial seminars across the nation. He has earned major
recoveries for families in a broad range of
serious personal injury, and wrongful death matters. His
product liability actions include claims for a defective vehicle design. He has represented
the families of
wrongful death victims due to
nursing home abuse, and
reckless driving. He also has represented numerous victims in car accidents involving
Sweetser's achievements for his clients include outstanding recoveries
in cases arising from
trucking negligence, maintenance of traffic failures,
auto accidents and
insurance coverage disputes. He has obtained major recoveries for victims of
dog attacks, and negligent security cases. He has been successful against some of
the biggest and most well-funded corporations and toughest attorneys in Spokane.
James Sweetser has five children all born in the Spokane area. His family
has long ties to the community dating back to his father. He enjoys fishing
and spending time at the lake with his family. He also likes to attend
the Spokane Indians, Spokane Chiefs, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and on occasion
the Seattle Seahawks games.
Mr. Sweetser graduated from Brown University in the Ivy League, where he
earned a scholarship for college basketball. He completed his legal training
at Gonzaga University of School of Law.
As District Court Deputy Prosecutor, from 1984-1999, James R. Sweetser
served the people of the area, taking on various legal duties at the Spokane
County Prosecutor's Office. Some of his roles included:
- Juvenile Court Deputy Prosecutor
- Supervisor of Property and Vehicles Crime Unit
- Senior Attorney and Supervisor of the Major Crimes Unit
- Elected Spokane County Prosecutor
During his 14 years as a prosecutor, he participated in 275 criminal trials
and argued 22 cases before the State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
None of these trial convictions were reversed on appeal.