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James M. Cool

James M. Cool

also known as Jimmy Cool, James Cool

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Commercial, Administrative Law, Employment & Labor, Medical Malpractice… more 

About Me

 


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



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    5 years
  2. Administrative Law: 15%
    5 years
  3. Commercial: 15%
    5 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    5 years
  5. Other: 20%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($200-225/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Pro Bono (5%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

9 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Corey Wlodarczyk

    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.

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    Corey Wlodarczyk Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Aiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi

2390 E. Camelback Road
Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ, 85016

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
AZActive 201003/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSouthwest Super Lawyers2014
Arizona 40 under 40 SelecteeThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Top Arizona Pro Bono AttorneyArizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education2013
Arizona 40 under 40 SelecteeThe National Trial Lawyers2012
Most Outstanding Oral AdvocateSandra Day O'Connor College of Law2010
Highest Pro-Bono Distinction (1200+ hours)Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law2010
Order of the BarristersInternational Order of the Barristers2010
Oplinger Closing Argument Competition ChampionArizona Association of Defense Counsel2009
Jenckes Cup Closing Argument Competition ChampionAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2009
Berch ScholarRebecca and Michael Berch2009
Trial Advocacy ScholarshipAmerican Association for Justice2008
Oplinger Closing Argument Competition ChampionArizona Association of Defense Counsel2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate Trial AttorneyAiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi, P.C.2010 - Present
Adjunct Faculty--Barrett Honors CollegeArizona State University2009 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
FellowABA Law Practice Division2013 - Present
Arizona Trial Lawyers' AssociationMember2010 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMembers2009 - Present
Arizona School for the ArtsHigh School Mock Trial Coach2009 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2008 - Present
Sun Devil Undergraduate Mock Trial at Arizona StateAssociate Head Coach2007 - 2013

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Making Employers Prove Their ClaimsAll Discipline Reversed

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Trial MagazineDoing Well By Doing Good: Re-thinking Your Marketing One Relationship At a Time2009

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawN/AJuris Doctor2010
University of ArizonaEnglish EducationBachelor of Arts2007

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Aiken Schenk Trial Advocacy ShowcaseMock Trial and Arizona Products Liability Law2011
Upper-Division Level Psychology CoursesTrial Advocacy and Psychology2009