James A. McPhee

Member and Managing Partner
James is the Managing Partner of Witherspoon Brajcich McPhee, PLLC, in Spokane, Washington. Licensed in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, Mr. McPhee's practice has focused primarily on litigation of commercial, employment, corporate, and real property disputes for over 20 years. When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, running and cycling.

  • Idaho State Bar
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U. S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U. S. Tax Court
  • Coeur d’ Alene Tribal Court

  • Gonzaga University (B.A., 1989)
  • Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., 1996, cum laude)
Associations / Achievements

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association: 2010 Bar Leaders Conference Planning Committee Member, Litigation Section Member, Former Executive Board Member of the Labor and Employment Law Section, Litigation Section Member, Labor and Employment Law Section Member
  • Spokane County Bar Association: Former President, President-Elect, Trustee, Treasurer, Secretary, and Judicial Evaluation Committee Chair; Current Standing Advisory Committee Member of the Volunteer Lawyers’ Program; Housing Justice Project Volunteer Lawyer of the Year
  • Spokane County Bar Foundation: President and Co-incorporator
  • Super LawyersRising Star
  • Best Lawyers: Labor & Employment Law, 2016
  • Gonzaga University School of Law Labor Law Caucus: Founder
  • Lecturer on various Continuing Legal Education courses
  • Gonzaga University School of Business Dean’s Business Forum: Board Member
  • Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Basketball Tournament: President, Chair, and Co-founder of nonprofit corporation that has donated over $120,000 and thousands of pounds of canned goods to local charities in its first four years
  • Gonzaga University Men’s Basketball: Second All-Time Leading Scorer, Four-Time All Conference Selection, GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American, District VIII CoSida All-Academic First Team, Two-Time National Jesuit News First Team All-America
  • Top Lawyer in the area of Litigation, Spokane/CDA Living Top Lawyer 2015

  • First Amendment Issues in Transit Advertising – Washington State Transit Association Legal Affairs Committee CLE, Leavenworth, Washington  (September 2017).