Whatcom County Superior Court
Senior Assistant City Attorney, Bellingham (2010-Present); Staff
Attorney, Nooksack Indian Tribe (2008-2010); Felony Prosecutor, 10th
Judicial Circuit (2005-2007). Lead counsel in approximately fifty
criminal jury trials including aggravated assault, child sexual abuse,
and drug trafficking; argued cases before the Court of Appeals; and
currently represents the interests of Bellingham taxpayers in the City
Attorney’s Office. Licensed in State, Federal, and Tribal courts.
Other Professional Experience
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Graduate of the University of South Florida and Florida State
University College of Law
Sehome High School Mock Trial Coach, Street Law volunteer, Mock
Trial Judge at Fairhaven College, Pickford Board Member, Innocence
James Erb has spent his entire legal career working for the people.
He is a seasoned trial lawyer with experience prosecuting serious
felonies and handling complex civil matters including family law, labor
and employment law, land use, and open government. His breadth of
experience, integrity, and commitment to justice will make James an
outstanding Superior Court Judge.
James and his spouse, Heather, chose to build their life together in
Whatcom County. Their boys were born here, attend public school, and
play soccer at the Northwest fields. James has enjoyed teaching local
students about our justice system as a mock trial team coach and
competition judge. He also volunteers to provide free legal advice at
James will make decisions based on the law, treat everyone with the
dignity and respect they deserve, and work to provide equal access to
justice. He will also work with the prosecutor, sheriff, and other
stakeholders to safely reduce and prevent incarceration.
Endorsed by Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Court of Appeals
Judge Cecily Hazelrigg, Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu, Ferndale
Mayor Greg Hansen, and David Doll. Rated Well Qualified or Qualified by
seven bar associations including the WA State Veterans Bar Assoc.
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