James Beecher ran for Position Four on the Washington Supreme Court in 2008. His opponents were incumbent Charles Johnson and Frank Vulliet. Because neither Beecher nor Vulliet obtained enough of the vote to unseat Justice Johnson, Johnson advanced to the general ballot unopposed.
Legal education and experience
James Beecher is a graduate the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington Law School. 
Beecher is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts in Washington, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has served as Judge Pro Tem, Arbitrator, Mediator, and has extensive trial experience: Western and Eastern District Federal Courts and 23 counties, along with substantial appellate work.
Currently, he is in private practice with Hackett, Beecher and Hart in Seattle. Before entering private practice Beecher was a prosecutor in Seattle city attorney's office and a senior trial lawyer in the state Attorney General's office.
Awards and Associations
Beecher has consistently received Martindale's highest rating for legal ability and integrity, and has set verdict records in several counties.
- Elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America
- Included yearly as a "Super Lawyer" in Washington Law and Politics
- Identified in Metropolitan Seattle Magazine as one of the "Best Lawyers in Seattle"
August 19, 2008 Primary results
For Position 4, Charles Johnson defeated challengers James Beecher and Frank Vulliet (379,647 to 198,727 and 68,378, respectively; or 58.70% to 30.73% and 10.57%, respectively).
"From isolated chambers in Olympia, our Supreme Court Justices affirm or reverse decisions of all other Washington judges and juries and dictate the operating Rules for the State's courts. Litigation is just plain too expensive! These Rules need to be modernized to make pretrial procedures more efficient and to provide for the economies of electronic technology. After 18 years it is time to elect a Justice who actually has had broad, first hand trial experience – someone with knowledge of present day litigation practices across Washington."