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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 an indirect route to becoming a business attorney, James initially worked for the Department of the Interior as a hotshot firefighter, where he fought fires across the western United States and interior Alaska. He eventually became a lead firefighter, before attending law school at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. During his time in law school, James worked 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 and a problem to solve every day.

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


  • 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

Our business and finance attorneys represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

Our business attorneys recognize and appreciate the value of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Taxes are a significant expense for any business and most individuals, and tax planning should not be an afterthought.

Articles And Presentations


  • Arizona