James and Heather Erb live in Bellingham where they both practice law. James works in the Bellingham City Attorney's Office and Heather is a solo practitioner with a focus on Indian health law. They are the proud parents of two young boys: Liam and Samuel. James spends most of his free time hiking, biking, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors here in beautiful Whatcom County with Heather, the boys, and their dog Lily
James Erb is an experienced attorney with both the criminal and civil legal experience necessary to serve on the Whatcom County Superior Court.
James has demonstrated his commitment to public service by spending his entire legal career working for the people. He is a former prosecutor with substantial jury trial experience. He has tried nearly fifty jury trials including felony cases involving aggravated assault, drug trafficking, and sexually motivated crimes against children. James later represented the Nooksack Indian Tribe in state courts under the Indian Child Welfare Act to help children stay connected with their families and their tribe. He currently serves the people of Bellingham as a Senior Assistant City Attorney.
James volunteered as a coach for the Sehome High School Mock Trial team and helped lead the team to the state competition in Olympia three years in a row. He judges student mock trial competitions at the Center for Law, Diversity and Justice at Fairhaven College. He also volunteers to provide free legal advice to community members who cannot afford an attorney in the Street Law Program.
James is endorsed by community leaders including Washington Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu, Ferndale Mayor Greg Hansen, and former Bellingham Mayors Kelli Linville and Tim Douglas. These leaders recognize that his experience, integrity, and work ethic would make James an outstanding Superior Court Judge.
The Latina/o Bar Association, Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee, LGBTQ+ Bar Association (QLaw), and the WA State Veterans Bar Association have rated James as Well Qualified for a position on the Whatcom County Superior Court. He is also rated as Qualified by the Loren Miller Bar Assoc., Washington Women Lawyers, and the Whatcom County Bar Assoc..
James will always make decisions from the bench that are based on the law. He will treat everyone who comes into the courtroom with the dignity and respect they deserve. He will also work with his colleagues on the bench, in the bar, and others to improve our justice system.
Vote James Erb for Judge!