A uniquely creative trial lawyer who thrives in both court and arbitration, Jim reshapes his clients’ most difficult legal challenges. Whether they have large, sophisticated legal departments or no legal experience at all, clients trust Jim with their bet-the-business problems.

Overview

Jim’s considerable knowledge of complex litigation ensures creative resolution of clients’ most difficult problems. Whether they have large, sophisticated legal departments or no legal experience at all, clients trust Jim with their bet-the-business problems. Jim is best known for his consistent victories in construction litigation, but he is also top choice for disputes involving insurance, lender liability, intra-company management and real estate. Because of his unique ability to analyze complex legal issues, Jim is often enlisted to reshape strategies mid-case when clients face mounting risks. His fresh ideas and sophisticated analysis changes the course of the litigation, creating wins for cases that were destined for defeat.

Jim leverages his background as an insurance adjuster for a national insurance company to aid his clients and has represented developers, contractors, purchasers, insurers, municipalities, investors, businesses, and property owners. His extensive experience addresses all elements in complex litigation, including construction defects, contract disputes, wrongful termination, payment and Miller Act disputes, liens, claims for equitable adjustment, and an array of commercial torts. He has also been indispensable in cases involving the emerging medicinal cannabis industry, litigating complex cases in both arbitration and court.

Experience

Persuading the Arizona Supreme Court to reverse prior unfavorable precedent, Jim obtained summary judgment for his client regarding the anti-deficiency statute's applicability to construction loans. The published opinion is BMO Harris Bank, N.A. v. Wildwood Creek Ranch, LLC, 236 Ariz. 363, 340 P.3d 1071 (2015).

Championing a corporate client, Jim recovered more than $10 million in litigation after the company’s former executive diverted company money to purchase multimillion dollar insurance policies prior to his death.

Breaking new legal ground, Jim won a case that clarified subrogation and other legal doctrines for discharging liens, options, and other encumbrances. The published appellate opinion is Brimet II LLC v. Destiny Homes Marketing, 231 Ariz. 457.

Employing a first-of-its-kind analysis, Jim was able to place a construction issue on a referendum ballot despite admitted defects in the petition. The published appellate decision is Forszt v. Stop Oro Valley Outrageous Giveaways, 212 Ariz. 263.

Successfully litigating the expansive scope of arbitrators’ powers, Jim helped his client avoid court in a commercial construction dispute. The published appellate decision is Sun Valley Ranch 308 v. Robson, 231 Ariz. 287.

Suing a structural engineer for defective designs affecting multiple homes in a development, Jim obtained a judgment for the entire claim, including an award of all attorneys’ fees and costs and monetary sanctions against the design engineer.

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Speaking Engagements

"A New Frontier: Enforcing Waivers of the Implied Warranty of Good Workmanship and Habitability" CLE, September 12, 2019

Testified to Arizona Legislative Committee regarding the Purchaser Dwelling Action statute, November 14, 2018

"Update on Emerging Trends in Homeowner Defect Claims" CLE, November 13, 2018

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Home Builders Association of Central Arizona

Boy Scouts of America

Goodwill of Central Arizona, Inc., May 2007-Dec 2013

  • Board of Directors – Secretary
  • Executive Committee

Arizona Bar Association

Maricopa County Bar Association

Admissions

  • Arizona, 2002

Education

Arizona State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2002

  • Order of the Coif 
  • Willard H. Pedrick Scholar

Arizona State University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1998

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