James G. Katzinski

Gift Planning Officer |

Jim Katzinski oversees Pacific Legal Foundation’s Legacy Partners Program. This special group of donors have demonstrated their commitment to liberty by creating gifts in their estate planning to ensure PLF will be strong for future generations.

Jim’s past experience as an investment consultant for a major brokerage firm, bank trust officer, and institutional investment consultant makes him uniquely qualified for this role. He possesses a strong knowledge of charitable giving vehicles and how they can help donors achieve their philanthropic goals and harvest tax benefits in the most efficient way.

Jim joined PLF in 1999 as the regional development director for the Pacific Northwest region. He also oversaw development efforts in Idaho and Alaska and would follow up his annual vacation on Maui with donor meetings in Hawaii.

Our clients and their stories are his passion. His favorite experience at PLF was attending the argument at the Supreme Court in Sackett v. EPA, where Justice Samuel Alito grilled Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart with this question, “Mr. Stewart, if you related the facts of this case as they come to us to an ordinary homeowner, don’t you think most ordinary homeowners would say this kind of thing can’t happen in the United States?”

Yet, we hear stories like this all the time. They inspire the gifts that keep our programs strong and empower the little guy who wouldn’t otherwise have the resources to fight back.

Jim lives in the Seattle area, just a short walk to Puget Sound. He is a proud graduate of Mount Rainier High School, which you fly directly over on your approach to the airport from the south. He’s also a proud Cougar, having graduated from Washington State University with a degree in business administration/finance. He enjoys the natural beauty of the Northwest and the recreational opportunities the region offers.