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This tribute was added by Kristina Johnstone on January 24, 2020
I will remember fondly the times my husband Robert (one of James' brothers) and I spent with with James, and with his wife Julie. Dinner in San Francisco; time visiting at our home in Palo Alto; the high school reunions in Los Alamos, New Mexico; the outings in Santa Fe and environs; fun times at a cabin in Colorado (Trece); Loveland, Colorado; and finally Edmonds, Washington. He was fun, and smart, and charming. It was a pleasure to know him. Love and sympathy to his wife Julie, and of course to his wonderful brothers and sisters!
This tribute was added by Dick Wiley on January 24, 2020
Jim was a wonderful lawyer and great friend over so many years. It was a privilege and pleasure to practice law with him. Truly, he was one of the very best professionals that I have known. My sincere condolences to Jim's family.
This tribute was added by Bert Rein on January 24, 2020
I first met Jim when I started at Kirkland om the fall of 1967. He was then a young antitrust partner renowned for his analytical ability and insistence on getting everything right down to the last detail. He had the reputation of being so frustrated with the inadequacies of newbies like me that he would chew on and splinter pencils. But working with him was not only great training but a chance to break through to a person of great character and loyalty to his family, especially, and his colleagues. Over the years until his retirement, I worked a great deal with Jim, was introduced to Bethany at his beach house and shared many great lunches and squash games with him. I missed him when he retired and will miss him even more now.
This tribute was added by Christine Gsell on January 23, 2020
I am Julie's sister, Christine Ballard Gsell. Some of my fondest memories take me back 30 years or more when Jim, Julie and I would always spend Memorial Day Weekend together in a vacation rental on our Delaware beaches. We spent many years starting the summer together. Toes in the sand. Though they are not much for laying in the sun, there were plenty of umbrellas to go around. Jim those weekends will be missed but not forgotten!
This tribute was added by Deb Knott (Johnstone) on January 21, 2020
I miss my Dad very much and hope everyone remembers him fondly as I do. I still can’t believe he’s gone. This is a day a child is never prepared for even though you knew it would come.
I’m so glad I was able to see him just a few days before he passed away. I got to tell him all the things I wanted to say. He was very aware of my presence,the words I spoke to him,and he was happy that I was there with him telling him how much I love him. I’m so thankful I got the time to tell him that.
I’m glad Dad went when he did because I don’t think he wanted to continue just existing for months and months because he loved life SO much. I told him remember all the great things you’ve done in your life and even mentioned a few instances. I think he was very pleased with the eventful life he lived. I’m glad he is now at peace and with God.

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