About James

Past President, Member since 1990

Member since 2015

Member since 1984



JAMES F. CHRISTNACHT was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1984 after graduating from the University of Puget Sound Law School. He also attended the University of Washington and received a degree in Business.

Mr. Christnacht is licensed to practice in all Washington State Superior, District, and Municipal Courts, The Western District of the Federal District Court and The Puyallup Tribal Court. A sample of his case recoveries over the years include:

  • $100,000.00 for a water related inner tubing accident
  • $650,000.00 settlement for intersection collision.

In addition to personal injury cases Mr. Christnacht also handles:

  • Wills and Estate Planning and Revocable Living Trusts
  • Probate and Estate Litigation
  • Guardianship and Elder law
  • Misdemeanor criminal defense including driving matters, DUI, Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving and Traffic Tickets.
  • Expungement-vacating and dismissing both eligible felony and misdemeanor charges
  • Restoration of Civil Rights including gun rights
  • Real Estate and Business Law
  • Adult and step-parent adoptions
  • Representing landlords for evictions

As a second-generation lawyer, Jim follows in the footsteps of his father George Christnacht and his law partner, John Troup. Jim continues their mission of over 60 years helping people with all legal matters.

Awards and commendations Mr. Christnacht has received are the following:

  • Washington State Bar Association, Pro Bono Publico Service Award: 2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2008, and 2007
  • Martindale-Hubble, Peer Review Rated: 2017
  • The Legal Network, Top Lawyers in Washington: 2016& 2013
  • St. Vincent De Paul, Volunteer Award: 2011
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Pro Bono Award: 2009
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Crimestoppers, President Award: 2004and Outstanding and Loyal Support Award: 1999

Mr. Christnacht takes pride in supporting his community through volunteering with the following organizations:

  • American Bar Association, Member, 2015-Present
  • Tacoma Concert Band, Director, 2014-2018
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Crimestoppers, Former President, 1990-Present
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Member, 1984-Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member, 1984-Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers, Member, 1984-Present

Jim and his wife enjoy riding horses, cars, music, dogs, travel, and spending time with family-especially their new granddaughter.


Member since 1984

Volunteering over 15 years

Member since 1984