Aviation and Business Law. Jim has extensive legal and management experience within the aviation industry, including Lead Counsel at Alaska Airlines and Senior Attorney at Trans World Airlines. He holds a commercial pilot license with over 2,500 hours and was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of a regional Hawaiian airline, as well as Managing Partner of Waldon Law Group, a law practice with an aviation focus. His practice focuses on aircraft transactions and finance and Federal Aviation Administration regulatory matters, general business, and corporate law. He represents domestic airlines and business aircraft owners and operators. He assists clients in establishing appropriate operating structures for aircraft to comply with the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration regulatory requirements and has represented numerous clients in regard to participation in fractional ownership programs. Jim represents clients before the FAA in enforcement actions and assists in obtaining Part 135, 121, and 129 authority for commercial operators. Jim is frequently consulted by local media to discuss various aviation topics.
Real Estate. In addition to aviation, Jim has spent a significant amount of his practice focused on commercial and residential real estate. While at TWA Jim was the primary real estate attorney, In addition, while at Waldon Law Group, Jim operated a residential escrow business and represented many commercial and residential real estate clients on both sides.
Mediation and Arbitration. Jim is currently an arbitrator in the King County Mandatory Arbitration Program. Jim is also a mediator for the Washington State Department of Commerce Foreclosure Mediation Program and at the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County. He is also a counselor in the Washington State Bar Association - Home Foreclosure Legal Aid program.
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