James Stensel began his career in family law almost two decades ago, when
he worked as a paralegal for some of Seattle’s most respected family
law attorneys. After years of working closely with clients, he decided
that he could best use his talents as a family law attorney and enrolled
in law school, all while working full time as a legal intern with McKinley Irvin.
As a family law attorney honed by this experience, James’ strategy
in every case is to begin by working to resolve disputes and not create
them. But, if the situation calls for it, he loves nothing more than going
to bat for his clients.
“The best approach to family law is to always wear the white hat,”
says James. “A good attorney knows which battles are worth fighting
and that sometimes, reasonable minds can avoid the battlefield all together.
But I understand what is at stake and I am a powerful advocate. Their
battles are my battles and I am deeply vested in getting the best possible
In family law, James and his clients often deal with sensitive and sometimes
challenging issues, so he makes sure his clients always have a solid grasp
of their case and what they can expect.
“I am a listener first, then an advocate,” says James. “Being
an active listener allows me to understand their real concerns and needs
so I can focus on protecting what they consider most important.”
James is experienced in divorce cases that involve high net worth, complex
finances, and jurisdictional issues. He believes the decisions made in
a case will affect a client’s post-divorce financial health for
many years thereafter and that specific skills are required when dealing
with significant assets and business interests.
He also has a reputation for being almost supernaturally organized. His
clients love that he is on top of every detail that is going on with their
case, making him very efficient and effective.
James lives in Seattle and enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking, and
cooking. He’s also a regular at Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders
games, and previously enjoyed a moment of fame when one of his Seahawks
tailgate parties was featured on the Food Network. He’s also taken
a flight lesson at Boeing field and hopes to get his pilot’s license someday.