Attorney at Law


James Dixon is a seasoned courtroom veteran with over 30 years of litigation and appellate experience. He has represented clients on charges ranging from DUI to aggravated murder. He has won cases at every court level in Washington State from municipal court to the Washington Supreme Court.

Licensed for 30 years

I am a navy veteran and a graduate of Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall). For 30 years I have successfully fought for my clients at every court level in Washington, from municipal court to the Washington State Supreme Court. During this time, I have come to embrace certain ideals. I do not pick needless fights, I treat my opponents with respect, and I do not back down from a necessary fight. I adhere to the old Roman adage, “If you want peace, prepare for war.” To attain a favorable settlement, you must prepare the case for trial. I take the time to fully understand and investigate each client’s story so that a successful settlement can be reached, or a jury trial won. I apply these principles at Dixon & Cannon, Ltd., where I focus upon criminal defense, personal injury, and appeals.


Prior to co-founding Dixon & Cannon, Ltd., I was a senior trial attorney for a national insurance company, and was selected to serve in a specialized unit that focused on protecting individuals against fraudulent claims. I was also responsible for training other attorneys at the office regarding legal developments and current practices in this area of law. I now use the knowledge I gained working for insurance companies to ensure my clients are fairly compensated.


As a criminal defense attorney, first in public defense and then in private practice, I have successfully defended clients in hundreds of jury trials, bench trials, motions hearings and appeals. I recognize that for many of my clients, a shoplifting charge may be as devastating to their employment as a felony conviction, and treat each accusation against my clients with the seriousness it deserves. I have been invited to speak at legal conferences about search warrant challenges and the creative use of evidentiary rules to effectively tell our clients’ stories.


As an appellate attorney, I have obtained new trials or outright dismissals for clients convicted of various crimes, including DUI, robbery, vehicular assault, murder, VUCSA, three strikes offenses and sex offenses.


I am a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, an invitation only and nationally recognized continuing legal education program. I am a member of the Washington State Bar, the Federal District Court Bar, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Washington State Association for Justice where I am an Eagle Member and have served on the Rules Committee. I also was selected to serve on the Washington State Bar Court Rules Committee, which is responsible for drafting new evidentiary and procedural rules for Washington courts. I have a 10.0 rating on AVVO and I am included on the “Super Lawyers” list compiled by Washington Law and Politics.


When not practicing law, I enjoy camping or taking part in multi-sport vacations with my wife and two sons. I also enjoy live jazz, single malt scotch, a good game of chess, and rousing conversation with friends and family.


As an attorney, I work with people going through difficult times. I consider it an honor to represent and guide my clients through challenging life circumstances. My clients enrich my life and it is gratifying to know I have made a difference in theirs.







Downtown Seattle Office

Dixon & Cannon, Ltd.

701 N 36th Street

Suite 420

Seattle WA 98103