James Cool focuses his practice on the areas of personal injury, administrative law and public labor law. In the personal injury arena, he represents victims of negligence and nursing home elder abuse. He also represents individuals facing administrative discipline and in matters involving various regulatory authorities. In addition, James represents one of Arizona's largest law enforcement labor unions in general civil, labor and administrative disciplinary proceedings. Finally, James assists the firm’s shareholders in complex commercial litigation cases.
On the national legal scene, James has been selected to assume national leadership roles. In the American Bar Association, he has been appointed as a Fellow of the Law Practice Division (2013-2014) and is a member of its Magazine and Education boards. He is also a member of the ABA's Section of Litigation (Young Advocates Committee) and Young Lawyers Division (Litigation Committee; Labor and Employment Law Committee; Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Committee).
While attending law school at Arizona State University, James earned distinction as one of the most highly decorated oral advocates in school history by winning virtually every oral advocacy competition he entered. He was named the Outstanding Oral Advocate, Class of 2010, and received national recognition for his excellence in oral advocacy in the form of numerous advocacy-related scholarships and awards. At ASU, he won the 2009 Jenckes Closing Argument Competition and the 2008 Oplinger Closing Argument Competition and was the Trial Advocacy Scholarship Recipient.
As a law student, James completed an internship with the current associate presiding criminal judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, worked with numerous Phoenix and Tucson criminal defense firms, clerked for a national law firm focusing on plaintiff’s elder abuse cases and for the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm in Arizona. James also completed an internship with the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, where he researched and wrote on a variety of legal issues involving Arizona constitutional law.
Speaking Engagements and Publications
"When FMLA Leaves Become an ADA Reasonable Accommodation" (Presenter), 2011 Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs Annual Convention, Laughlin, Nevada
"Doing Well by Doing Good: Re-Thinking Your Marketing One Relationship at a Time," co-author, Trial Magazine, August 2009
Arizona State University Legal Psychology Research Lab: Guest Lecturer on Trial Advocacy & Psychology
Licensed since 2010
Hourly ($200-225/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Pro Bono (5%)
I have known James for more than 8 years now. He has always proven himself as an incredibly bright and dedicated advocate with an undeniable passion for justice. He is always the first attorney in Arizona to whom I bring my questions and referrals.
Corey Wlodarczyk Litigation Attorney
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Southwest Super Lawyers||2014|
|Arizona 40 under 40 Selectee||The National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Top Arizona Pro Bono Attorney||Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education||2013|
|Arizona 40 under 40 Selectee||The National Trial Lawyers||2012|
|Most Outstanding Oral Advocate||Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||2010|
|Highest Pro-Bono Distinction (1200+ hours)||Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||2010|
|Order of the Barristers||International Order of the Barristers||2010|
|Oplinger Closing Argument Competition Champion||Arizona Association of Defense Counsel||2009|
|Jenckes Cup Closing Argument Competition Champion||American College of Trial Lawyers||2009|
|Berch Scholar||Rebecca and Michael Berch||2009|
|Trial Advocacy Scholarship||American Association for Justice||2008|
|Oplinger Closing Argument Competition Champion||Arizona Association of Defense Counsel||2008|
|Associate Trial Attorney||Aiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi, P.C.||2010 - Present|
|Adjunct Faculty--Barrett Honors College||Arizona State University||2009 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Fellow||ABA Law Practice Division||2013 - Present|
|Arizona Trial Lawyers' Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Maricopa County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Members||2009 - Present|
|Arizona School for the Arts||High School Mock Trial Coach||2009 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2008 - Present|
|Sun Devil Undergraduate Mock Trial at Arizona State||Associate Head Coach||2007 - 2013|
|Trial Magazine||Doing Well By Doing Good: Re-thinking Your Marketing One Relationship At a Time||2009|
|Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||2010|
|University of Arizona||English Education||Bachelor of Arts||2007|