James W. Minorchio,





James Minorchio is a principal and senior member of the firm’s Corporate Transactions and Finance practice group. His practice focuses on transactions that involve federal tax issues. He holds a LL.M. in Taxation law from the University of Florida and also chairs the firm’s Tax Practice Group.

Jim represents Washington State corporations in a broad range of contract negotiations and general business matters. In particular, he assists clients with tax-free and taxable mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance transactions. He offers a special depth of experience working with limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships and nonprofits. He holds an undergraduate degree in business.

In his corporate practice, Jim represents clients in the health care, food and beverage, maritime, and banking and insurance industries. He has worked closely with a number of clients for more than 30 years. He serves as chief outside counsel to Fran’s Chocolates, Ltd.

Jim also maintains a significant U.S. and international estate planning practice for business executives and business owners. He offers added value by ensuring the smooth transition of business ownership from one generation to the next.

In his tax practice, Jim counsels businesses and nonprofit organizations regarding U.S. federal and international income tax issues and guides them through complex tax audits and appeals. He has represented clients with operations in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Portugal and Australia.

Jim has additional experience representing publicly traded banks and bank holding companies and insurance companies before federal and state regulators.

Representative Matters

  • Structus Building Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative, high-performance drywall corner solutions, 2015 sale to CertainTeed Gypsum, lead tax lawyer representing Structus.
  • Harbor Properties, Inc. and Harbor Properties Investors 2012, sale to Urban Partners LLC, lead tax lawyer representing Harbor.
  • International tax planning for Australia insurance businesses entering the US market 2012.
  • Yakima Waste Systems, Inc., sale to Waste Connections, Inc. 2008, lead tax lawyer representing Yakima Waste.
  • Redhook Ale Brewery 2008 Red Hook Ale Brewery (Nasdaq: HOOK) merger with Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, lead tax lawyer representing Red Hook.
  • Emeritus Assisted Living 2007 Emeritus Corporation (NYSE: ESC) $231 million tax-free merger with Summerville Senior Living, lead tax lawyer representing Emeritus.
  • Premier Industries 2007 $160 million sale of Building Systems and Insulfoam divisions to Carlisle Syntec, a subsidiary of Carlisle Companies Inc. (NYSE: CSL), lead tax lawyer representing Premier.
  • Puget Energy (NYSE: PSD) 2006 $275 million sale of InfrastruX Group, lead tax lawyer representing Puget Energy.
  • Tudor Foundation 2005 $54 million tax-exempt bond offering, lead counsel for borrower in conduit financing transaction.
  • Muir Milach Inc. 2003 Sale of Rights to Bering Sea Aleutian Islands Pollock $15.5 million.
  • Absorption Corporation 2003 $3 million tax-exempt bond offering, co-lead counsel for borrower in conduit financing transaction.
  • Freeman Welwood & Co. Inc. 2000 Sale of Stock of Freeman Welwood to Bankmont Financial Corp. $97 million, lead tax lawyer representing Freeman Welwood.
  • Tegic Communications, Inc. 1999 $300 million tax-free merger with AOL for $300 million, lead tax lawyer representing Tegic.
  • Tudor Foundation 1998 $56 million tax-exempt bond offering, lead counsel for borrower in conduit financing transaction.
  • Tudor Foundation 1997 $7 million tax-exempt bond offering, lead counsel for borrower in conduit financing transaction.


One of Jim’s most gratifying legal projects involved assisting with the legal work behind creation of the Seattle Chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation (now, The Tudor Foundation), which works with students in under-resourced public schools.

Outside of the office, Jim is an avid University of Washington Husky Football fan.

  • Author, “Lawsuit Challenges Washington State Department of Revenue’s Assessment of Intangible Assets,” RW State and Local Tax News Alert, 2014 (PDF)
  • Author, “Limited Liability Companies: Relations of Members to Third Parties,” Washington Partnership Law and Practice Handbook, 2010
  • Author, “Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships: Relations of Partners to Third Parties,” Washington Partnership Law and Practice Handbook, 2010″Limited Partnerships: Relations of Partners to Third Parties,” Washington Partnership Law and Practice Handbook, 2010
  • Author, “Washington Business and Occupation Taxes,” WSMA Reports, 1990
  • Speaker, “Limited Liability Companies,” Limited Liability Companies: The Entity of Choice in Washington conference, 1995
  • Jim was ranked individually as a leader in the field for his work in assisting high net worth individuals and families. The Riddell Williams Trusts, Estates and Personal Planning practice group was recognized as a world leading Private Wealth Law group in the 2016 inaugural edition of Chambers High Net Worth.
  • 2017 Five Star Investment Professional
  • Named one of Seattle’s “Top Lawyers” by Seattle Magazine
  • Named a Five Star “2016 Seattle Financial Service Professional” award winner
  • Recognized as Washington Super Lawyer® by Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Peer reviewed rating of AV Preeminent® by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb




*Peer review Rated Lawyer of AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.* *AV® Preeminent™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

  • Member, Board of Trustees, ACT Theatre


  • American Bar Association – Corporate Tax Group, Tax Section


  • King County Bar Association – Tax Lawyers Transactional Group


  • Seattle Foundation designee to the Board of the George Hardgrove Foundation


  • Providence Health & Services Planned Giving Committee (since 2005)


  • Childhaven, past member of the Board of Trustees


  • School Board of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle, past President


  • United Cerebral Palsy Association of King & Snohomish Counties (Provail), past Board of Directors member

LL.M., Taxation, University of Florida School of Law, 1983
J.D., Seattle University School of Law, cum laude, in 1982
B.A., Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, cum laude, in 1979


Trusts And Estates News Alert

Introduction: Federal Estate Tax, Gift Tax, Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax and Related Income Tax Rules in 2016 In January 2013 Congress reformed the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer … read more

Chambers USA Recognizes Four Practice Areas and Eight Attorneys from Riddell Williams

The 2016 Chambers and Partners rankings were recently published online for the USA rankings and HNW rankings. Riddell Williams has achieved rankings in both the USA Guide and … read more

Riddell Williams Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys, and Top 100

Riddell Williams congratulates the following individuals who have been designated 2016 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys and Top 100 Super Lawyers: 2016 Super Lawyers Bruce J. … read more

Jim Minorchio Welcomed As Board of Trustees Member for ACT Theatre

Riddell Williams Principal James Minorchio has joined the Board of Trustees of Seattle’s ACT Theatre. The firm’s connection with ACT extends back to 1965, when Seattle lawyer Walt … read more

Lawsuit Challenges Washington State Department of Revenue’s Assessment of Intangible Assets

A lawsuit recently filed against the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) has the potential to significantly affect the property taxes of utility and transportation companies assessed by … read more

FURTHER UPDATE: Major Lifetime Gifting in 2012

Introduction: Federal Estate Tax, Gift Tax and Generation-skipping Transfer Taxes in 2012 As of September 2012, the December 2010 reforms to the federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer … read more

Preventing and Managing Directors & Officers Liability Risk

A Top 10 List of how Directors and Officers get in trouble (and can stay out of it). Corporation indemnification statutes, articles and contractual indemnifications. Key insurance considerations … read more

Temporary Window to Exclude 100% of Capital Gains on Qualified Small Business Stock

The recently enacted Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 (the 2010 SBJCA) includes a number of important tax provisions relating to small business growth. One important provision … read more