James focuses his practice on trial and appellate representation in complex commercial litigation. He also serves as arbitrator, mediator, and special master.

Before joining the firm, James served as a judge on the Arizona Superior Court, where he presided over hundreds of jury trials, bench trials, evidentiary hearings, and oral arguments. The civil trials he oversaw included commercial torts, consumer fraud, contract, professional malpractice, and personal injury claims.  Before his judicial appointment, James was a partner in an international law firm and specialized in consumer-facing class action defense plus commercial litigation.  He appeared in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and handled arbitration disputes, throughout the country.  

James often writes on issues about evidence and civil procedure.  Before taking the bench, he also wrote extensively about RICO and class action matters.



  • Panelist, “Effective Advocacy for Construction Lawyers,” State Bar of Arizona, March 18, 2022
  • Speaker, “Advanced Legal Research,” Arizona State University, College of Law, Spring 2022
  • Panelist, “What Does Jury Selection Look Like During a Pandemic,” JuryScope CLE presentation, December 16, 2020
  • Guest Speaker, “Tips for Trial Practitioners During the Pandemic,” Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court, October 28, 2020
  • Panelist, “Civility in the Practice,” ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Mid-Year Meeting, February 21, 2020
  • Lecturer, State Bar of Arizona Professionalism Course, May 15, 2018
  • Lecturer, Family Law Training for Superior Court Judges, Maricopa County Superior Court, February 15, 2018