James cofounded Egan Airships with his identical twin brother, Joel. A Seattle native, he runs a well-known law practice, and in 2013, he was voted “Seattle’s Best Lawyer” by Seattle Weekly, largely due to its growing focus on civil rights. In late 2012, he rekindled his childhood investigations with Joel by seeking to design a hybrid airship, and then filed for the PLIMP trademark. Over the past few years, the brothers have worked with consultants and other partners to develop the most reliable hybrid airship drone, realizing that it would change the world of aerial photography, sky advertising, and ultimately, payload transportation.
James graduated from the University of Washington Law School in 1998, where his focus was on intellectual property and litigation, specifically in criminal prosecution and defense. Before that, he attended Evergreen State College and Whitman College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 1994, with a background in journalism and astronomy.