James has experience working on complex litigation, consumer fraud, and environmental matters and assisting on government investigations. He has drafted memoranda, briefs, and court orders, and has experience managing contracts for private businesses. Prior to joining the firm, James worked with the Civil Litigation Clinic at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, drafting motions, interviewing and counseling clients, conducting discovery, and representing clients through mediation and settlement.

Before attending law school, James served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He led Marines of the 1st Marine Division on operational deployments to Afghanistan, Yemen, Kuwait, and Jordan. Following his overseas service, James was selected to serve as an instructor at the Expeditionary Warfare Training Group – Pacific. As a Captain, he leveraged his own operational experience to prepare senior officers and select foreign partners for their own crisis-response deployments abroad.

  • Credentials


    • Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D., 2020, magna cum laude
      Arizona State Law Journal, Executive Articles Editor
      Order of the Coif
      The Order of Barristers
      CALI Awards for Legal Method & Writing, Business Organizations, Evidence, Writing for Law Practice, and Civil Litigation Clinic
      Nick Patel & Bob Dauber Negotiation Award
      Pro Bono Distinction
      Hon. Diane J. Humetewa, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Judicial Extern (2019)
    • University of Miami, B.B.A., Marketing, 2010
      University Exchange Program at the University of Essex in Colchester, UK (2008)

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

          Professional Memberships

          • Chicago Bar Association
          • Illinois State Bar Association
        • Insights

          Blog Post

          Going Beyond: When Can Courts Look Past the Record in an APA Review?

          Schiff Hardin Energy & Environmental Law Adviser

          Other Publications

          • “In the Field or in the Courtroom: Redefining the APA’s Military Authority Exception in the Age of Modern Warfare,” 51 Arizona State Law Journal 1163 (2019)
        • Citizenship

          Pro Bono Activities

          James has assisted on pro bono matters ranging from unlawful eviction to prisoner rights.