Rupp, Jim

Title: Attorney at Law, Employment Law

For 27 years, Jim Rupp was an in-house lawyer for Fluke Corporation, the world leader in the manufacture, sales and service of electronic test and measurement tools. In 1998, he became Fluke’s General Counsel. When Jim retired in December 2012, Fluke was a $1.3 billion company with 1,800 employees at its Everett headquarters and more than 1,000 employees around the world. Throughout his career, Jim was recognized for his skill as a hands-on, counselor for all employment law issues throughout Fluke’s worldwide operations, as well as litigation and legal-claims management and compliance and risk management. Jim is now applying those skills as an employment lawyer in Seattle.

Jim is a graduate of Whitman College and Seattle University Law School, and is the 1992 recipient of the law school’s Distinguished Graduate Award. Before joining Fluke, he was associated with the Seattle law firm of Schweppe, Krug and Tausend, where he focused on business and commercial law and related litigation. Prior to joining that firm, Jim spent a year as the law clerk and bailiff for Robert W. Winsor, a King County Superior Court judge. He is also a former chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s In-House Counsel Section and has been a frequent speaker on employment law and in-house counsel issues.

A Seattle native, Jim has served on a number of community boards including the Board of Directors of the Friends of the University of Washington Libraries and the Board of Visitors of Seattle University School of Law. He is presently a vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Jim is also the author of Art in Seattle’s Public Places, An Illustrated Guide (University of Washington Press).

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