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James M. Lawrence

James Lawrence is an associate in our Phoenix office, working in our law firm’s business and finance law practice group. He focuses primarily in the areas of entity formation, partnership and corporate tax matters, mergers and acquisitions and other complex business transactions.

Taking a circuitous route to becoming a business attorney, James initially worked for the Department of the Interior as a hotshot firefighter where he fought fires all across the western United States and Alaska. He eventually became a lead hotshot firefighter in Fairbanks, Alaska, leading his own squad before attending law school at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and working with us for two summers as a summer associate. James thoroughly enjoys working with local businesses here in the Valley of the Sun. The nature of this business attorney’s transactional work means he has a new challenge to tackle or problem to solve each and every day.

Outside of work,  James likes fly fishing, hunting, hiking, CrossFit and traveling the world.


  • J.D., summa cum laude, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • B.A., Economics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Order of the Coif
  • John J. Ross Award for excellence in business law

Areas of Practice

We represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

we recognize and appreciate the value of entrepreneurship and innovation.

We represent clients in federal and state income, and estate, trust and gift tax matters.

Articles And Presentations

    • Author, "The Pull of Delaware: How Judges Have Undermined Nevada’s Efforts to Develop its own Corporate Law"


    • *Not licensed to the practice of law