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James K. Vucinovich

James K. Vucinovich
President of RVPC


Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Top One Percent - NADC
  • NAOPIA - Top Ten Attorney - Personal Injury
  • Avvo Rating 10/10 Superb
  • WSAJ EAGLE Award 2021
  • WSAJ EAGLE Award 2022
  • The National Trial Lawyers- Top 100
  • Best Car Accident Lawyer 2022 - Expertise

Accolades

  • Best Lawyers, a peer review guide, has consistently listed our attorneys in its annual “Best Lawyers in America” rankings.
  • Three of the partners have either served as President or on the Board of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys or ARLA, the national plaintiff’s attorney association dedicated to preserving the FELA.
  • One of our attorneys was named a “2010 Top Lawyer” in Personal Injury by Seattle Met magazine.
  • Perhaps most importantly, we rank high among our clients who routinely recommend us to their family and friends. Client referrals are the No. 1 source of our work.
  • James Vucinovich has been awarded the AV Preeminent* Rating by Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating for an attorney.

Jim Vucinovich is President and Managing Partner of the Firm, and a nationally recognized FELA Lawyer with over three decades of committed representation of injured railroad workers and their families.

Jim has over 35 years of experience handling FELA (railroad accident) claims and is a successful trial lawyer. Most recently he won a $6.9M judgment against Amtrak, which involved a passenger on an Amtrak train who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after her train derailed.  Jim has also secured multiple confidential settlements over $12M and has won multi-million verdicts in Colorado, California, Washington, and throughout the Greater West and Mountain states.

A few recent trial success stories include a:

  • $1.25M whistleblower verdict in Elliott vs. BNSF
  • $1.83 Million Verdict for a BNSF engineer left with chronic upper extremity pain
  • $3.4 Million Verdict for a UP conductor for shoulder and ankle injuries

Jim is the President of Rossi Vucinovich PC, a national FELA firm with over 50 years of success representing injured rail workers and their families.  He is also past president of ARLA (Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys) and a member of the National Trial lawyers – Top 100. The latter is a professional organization composed of premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff trial lawyers.

Jim is also a Designated Legal Counsel for several major rail unions, including SMART, BMWED, BRS, ADA, and the BLET.

Mr. Vucinovich graduated from William Mitchell College of Law (St. Paul, MN). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He enjoys all types of recreational sports like biking, skiing, hiking, and ice hockey.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1995
  • Colorado, 1997
  • Washington, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2001
  • Oregon, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2015

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota | J.D. | Law Review
  • St John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota | B.A. cum laude | Major: History

Published Works

The Propriety of An Adverse Vocational Rehabilitation Examination Under Rule 35.01, Minnesota Trial Lawyer, Jul/Aug 1985

Representative Cases

Honors and Awards

  • Elected President of ARLA (Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys)
  • ARLA Board Member, 2011 – 2014
  • SMART-TD Designated Legal Counsel, 2008 – Present
  • BMWED Designated Legal Counsel, 1975 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
  • American Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA)
  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ)
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