James M.B. Buzzard

Jim Buzzard is the managing partner with the law office of Buzzard O’Rourke. Jim’s legal practice focuses on: (i) Estate Planning, Probate Administration and Trusts; (ii) Real Estate Law; and (iii) Business issues.  He also serves as the City of Centralia Municipal Court Judge, the City of Centralia Land Use Hearing Examiner, and the City of Centralia Seizure Hearing Examiner.  Jim also is the city attorney for several cities in the area.

Jim is a native of Centralia, WA, graduating from Centralia High School in 1993. Following High School, he attended Eastern Washington University as a Student/Athlete, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree.  During his Junior season as an Eagle football player, he was selected as first-team all-conference, and third-team all-American.  During his Senior season as an Eagle, Jim was selected first-team all-conference, and first-team all-American.  Following his career at Eastern, Jim signed as a free-agent to the San Diego Chargers.  Once football came to an end, Jim attended Seattle University Law School and the University of Washington Law School, obtaining his Juris Doctorate in Law in less than three years.

Jim believes in being active in the community where an individual raises a family, works and lives. He is a current and past member of several civic organizations and boards, he enjoys coaching his children’s youth sports, and Buzzard O’Rourke, P.S. sponsors several teams and activities.  Jim and his wife, Meghan, reside locally with their two children.  Jim and Meghan enjoy engaging in family activities and staying fit.

Jim is an attorney who believes in hard work, being prepared, being available, and making necessary sacrifices to ensure a job well-done. The clients of Buzzard O’Rourke, P.S. are well represented, and receive efficient and proper advice.

Professional Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Past Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Washington State Bar Association
  • United States District Court for Western Washington
  • Lewis County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Past Member of Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past Member of Association of Trial Lawyers of America


Civic Activities

  • Past Member of Centralia-Chehalis B.P.O.E.
  • Past Board Member, Reliable Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled
  • Past Board Member, Lewis County Legal Aid
  • Past Member of Twin Cities Rotary
  • Past Member of Centralia Rotary
  • Y.M.C.A Mock Trial Championship Competition Judge and Juror
  • Sponsor of  Youth Soccer Teams
  • Cancer Relay for Life Team Sponsor
  • Former Assistant Football Coach — W.F. West High School
  • Relay for Life Cook-Off Competition Judge
  • Speaker, Napavine High School Career Week
  • Twin City Youth Football Board Member
  • Youth Soccer Coach
  • Youth Football Coach


Professional Recognition

  • Inclusion in the Global Directory of Who’s Who
  • Speaker at 2014 District Municipal Court Judge’s Association Annual Conference
  • Speaker at 2016 24/7 Sobriety Program Summit, Sponsored by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs

Judicial Experience

  • Centralia Municipal Court Judge
  • City of Centralia Land Use Hearing Examiner
  • Judge Pro-Team for Surrounding Counties and Cities



  • Juris Doctor, Seattle University Law School
  • University of Washington Law School
  • Bachelor or Arts, Eastern Washington University
  • Centralia High School Graduate


Personal Achievements

  • Offensive Lineman, San Diego Chargers, 1998 (Free Agent)
  • Eastern Washington University Football Letterwinner (1995, 1996, 1997)
  • Walter Camp All-America First Team (1997)
  • Associated Press All-America First Team (1997)
  • ESPN/Sportsticker All-America First Team (1997)
  • Football Gazette All-America First Team (1997)
  • Sports Network All-America First Team (1997)
  • Associated Press All-America Third Team (1996)
  • Football Gazette All-America Hon. Mention (1996)
  • All-Big Sky Conference First Team (1997)
  • All-Big Sky Conference First Team (1996)
  • Portland Marathon
  • Seattle to Portland Bicycle Ride
  • Olympic Half Marathon
  • Crossfit Enthusiast