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James F Kahn

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   30 reviews
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  • Licensed for 51 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1972
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     We make the bankruptcy process as painless as possible! We promise to work hard for you in your Chapter 7, 11, or 13 bankruptcy case. Read our Client Reviews for examples from others!

    James F. Kahn is a third-generation commercial law and bankruptcy attorney, who has been in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona since 1972.  He has been designated a Southwest Super Lawyer for 2007-2009 & 2012-2019 by Thomson Reuters. Jim served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Phoenix School of Law from 2007 through 2013.

       Mr. Kahn concentrates his practice in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditors' & Debtors' rights.  In 1988, he was certified as a Bankruptcy Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona, Board of Legal Specialization.  Mr. Kahn has served on numerous committees and regularly lectures in various educational programs on bankruptcy as well as Creditors’ and Debtors’ rights.  He served as Chairman of the Arizona State Bar Committee on Creditors' and Debtors' Rights and as Chairman of the Bankruptcy Section of the Arizona State Bar.  Mr. Kahn has served as a Judge Pro Tem of the Superior Court of Arizona since 1995.


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Client's Choice 2014,2012,2011
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2014 2012 2011


Kahn & Ahart, PLLC / Bankruptcy Legal Center™
301 E. Bethany Home Road, Suite C-195
Phoenix, AZ, 85012


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Client's Choice 2014
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Posted by Edyth | April 5, 2023
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So grateful for Mr. Kahn!
Mr. Kahn was so caring, understanding, and helpful. I felt it was the end of the world for me and he gave me the tools I needed to get out of my dept. He always called me back and his office always answered my calls. I truly appreciate Mr. Kahn and his teams hard dedicated work! Thank you again for everything!
Posted by LISA | February 15, 2021
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You are in capable hands with James Kahn
James assisted me in filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy. I appreciate the support and guidance he gave me throughout the process. James and his entire staff were prompt, professional and understanding. Your legal expertise and professionalism went above and beyond my expectations. Thank you James!
Posted by Richard | July 22, 2020
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Thanks for the great work
It was a real pleasure working with Jim Kahn to deal with my elderly father's affairs. Jim was very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. He resolved our issues very quickly and effectively, reaching a settlement in a very short time period. I would highly recommend Jim to anyone looking for an excellent attorney.
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2019
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The Best of the Best
Sometimes the Little Guy finds himself pinned against the ropes with no visible way of escape. A Mountain of Debt and a Decade of Creditor Intimidation had left us down for the count. We prayed and God connected us with James Kahn and his Team of Excellence. They brought a quick resolution to what had been a lengthy battle. Mr. Kahn = Excellence * Wisdom * Integrity * Kindness. He is a True Friend.
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Posted by Jean | November 18, 2017
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Simply the Best!
I just want all of you to know how grateful I am that you walked me through this bankruptcy every step of the way! Today’s hearing I believe went extremely well because of all your collective hard work. Esperanza behind the scenes trying to get me to send the information for the Schedules, Krystal trying to make sense of my financial life and then coaching me this morning. And you, Jim, are to be thanked because you hired great people for your team and I saw it all come together today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your hard work, efforts and dedication. Just know I appreciated it and will stay in touch going forward until the Bankruptcy process is completed in January 2018.
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Posted by Joseph | June 14, 2017
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Excellent bankruptcy attorney
I had the please to work with Jim Kahn during a very tough time in my business career. He saw me thru options for dealing with debt, creditors and personal guarantees. Jim has been around and knows most of the legal community in Arizona, which definitely helps. He's professional, responsive and thorough. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Maria | August 1, 2016
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My husband and I are so Greatful to Mr. Kahn and his team! I recommend anyone in financial troubles to speak to the Best Bankruptcy Attorney in Phoenix. He took time to get us of a BIG mess we created, even though we live in Yuma. I would like to thank them for a great job.
Posted by Jack | March 29, 2016
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Excellent attorney
I live in Nevada but was dealing with a bankruptcy issue in Arizona. Was reluctant to hire an attorney in Arizona not knowing anyone there. Mr. Kahn was recommended to me by another attorney in Arizona. It was a great recommendation. Mr. Kahn is very knowledgeable and professional and it was quite painless to deal with him over the phone or by email. He represented us in court and gave excellent advice on how to proceed. I would recommend Mr. Kahn to anyone needing help with any bankruptcy issue.
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Posted by Tina & Blair | February 2, 2016
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Highly Recommended Bankruptcy Lawyer
Jim made a very stressful time in our lives easier to manage by providing detailed direction through our bankruptcy process. From day one we felt comfortable with him and his team in addition to feeling confident with our decision to file. He is always quick to respond to our questions and was patient in providing clear direction and advice. We would highly recommend him to anyone in need of his law services.
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Posted by Rob and Addie | April 23, 2015
Bankruptcy Made Easier..
We came to Jim and Krystal almost four years ago and from the very first meeting we realized we were putting our financial future with the right team. Jim spent well over the allotted first hour with us making sure all of our questions were answered thoroughly. We had a bit of an unusual case, so Jim took several meetings with other professionals just to be sure our case was structured in the best possible way. He and his team walked us, step by step, through the entire process and stayed in regular communication with us throughout. Bankruptcy is never a pleasant option, but Jim and Krystal made our experience much easier. No doubt we would recommend him to anyone finding themselves in a similar position as we did four years ago.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2015
Worry-free representation
From the very beginning of my association with James Kahn, I was impressed with his superb attention to detail and professional expertise. I soon realized how extremely fortunate I was to have found a legal firm that consistently kept my best interest in mind and would "go the extra mile" without hesitation.
Posted by Pete | September 12, 2014
Top Notch Attorney
I never knew that bankruptcy could be so complicated. I see ads all the time that the lawyer can handle the procedure over the phone. Not so, Jim walked me through the process from start to finish and made me feel comfortable throughout. The court appearances were handled very professionally and I felt better knowing I had a competent attorney on my side. I work with many attorneys all over the country in my profession and I can definitely recommend Jim Kahn as one of the best in his field. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing assistance with a bankruptcy proceeding.
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Posted by Becky | August 25, 2014
Knowlgeable, Good Communicator
Mr. Kahn is extremely knowledgeable and was able to communicate effectively with me, a legal novice. He kept me informed as our case progressed and carefully described our options. I felt comfortable that he was giving me the best advice and that it was based on his years of experience as well as his constantly updated education as an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2014
Recommendation for James Kahn
We highly recommend James Kahn as a bankruptcy attorney. He is very competent, capable and caring, He and Krystal were always there for us and helped us through a very difficult period. We really appreciate all they did and feel that we could not have had better representation.
Posted by Wendy | January 28, 2014
Jim Kahn is an Excellent Attorney
I have known Jim and his assistant, Krystal, for a few years and met him a while back when he took care of a friend's bankruptcy. He did a fabulous job and helped him through the process and I felt confident he'd do the same for me. Bankruptcy is a very hard decision to come to, but Jim gave me all the information I needed to consider if this was the right move for me. I found him extremely knowledgeable and he gave me great advice before and during all my proceedings. Both Jim and Krystal were on the ball and always accessible. I found them extremely helpful as they kept me informed timely with any updates and made sure I wasn't missing anything along the way. I would recommend Jim to anyone considering a bankruptcy.
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Posted by Edward | January 8, 2014
Well Respected Lawyer
James is well respected in his field,he and Krystal his associate did an excellent job in handling my case,from start to finish. James represented me at my hearing with the trustee and it was obvious he is well respected by the legal community.
Posted by Nicki | May 2, 2013
Excellent Client Relationship
I was well informed on what to expect, how proceedings would be handled and updated to the progress of the case. The follow-up I received made me feel that I was in good hands. There was never a question that wasn't addressed in a timely fashion. There was a genuine compassion for what we were going through. I have and will continue to refer business to them because of the outstanding job that was done.
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Posted by Doug | April 2, 2012
Saved our Company
We started with another attorney and after 18 months of frustration, James agreed to pickup the case. Immediately the negotiations with our creditors changed due to the respect and credibility of James Kahn. I sincerely believe that if I hadn't been referred to James, and switched attorneys, we would have lost our company.
Posted by Beth | March 30, 2012
Best Law Office EVER!!!
I would absolutely recommend Jim to anyone! He is very thorough and extremely helpful and his office staff is fantastic! Jim ensures that his clients are comfortable and that they understand everything he is telling them. He is very patient and extremely thorough when dealing with clients. My experience was excellent!
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2011
Trustworthy, smart and helpful
Both Jim and his office staff were helpful, knowledgable and trustworthy. (Krystal rocks!) It can be scary to have to select a lawyer (let's face it - you never hire a lawyer for something fun!) and they made sure I was comfortable and informed at all times. It means a lot to have good communication and effective results from a lawyer. I cannot recommend them enough!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kahn & Ahart, PLLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Arizona Summit Law School
  • 2008 - 2013
  • President
  • James F. Kahn, P.C.
  • 1996 - 2019
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Superior Court Of Arizona In Maricopa County
  • 1995 - 2019
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  • Wayne State University
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • University of Detroit
  • B.S.
  • 1968


  • State Bar of Arizona, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel
  • Special Events Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Bankruptcy Section Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Section Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Western Region-Past Chairman
  • 1972 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Southwest Super Lawyers 2012-2019
  • Super Lawyers / Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent® Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program of Arizona
  • 2014
  • Southwest Super Lawyer 2007-2009
  • Super Lawyers / Thomson Reuters
  • 2009
  • Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law
  • Board of Legal Specialization-State Bar of AZ
  • 1988
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Speaking Engagements

  • General Meeting
  • Leases in Bankruptcy
  • 2019
  • General Meeting
  • The Intersection Between Indian Law and Bankruptcy
  • 2019
  • Commercial Bankruptcy for the Non-Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • Commercial Bankruptcy
  • 2018
  • Chapter 11 Seminar
  • Basics of an Individual Chapter 11 Case
  • 2014
  • Introduction to Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Basics
  • 2011
  • Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Fee Agreements
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In addition to being a nice guy that obviously cares about his clients, Jim is one of the most experienced, and highly respected lawyers in the bankruptcy community. I highly recommend and endorse him."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James Kahn and his staff are unwavering in knowledge and comprehensive work. He is a delight to work with, and I hope to have the opportunity to work with him on client matters in the future."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known James Kahn for 20 years. He is the essence of a true professional: a great lawyer, wonderful person and dedicated educator. He is one of the best bankruptcy attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with. He treats his clients with the utmost respect and kindness. Jim is committed to educating his clients about the complexities of bankruptcy and assists them in avoiding the many pitfalls involved with bankruptcy. He is held in very high respect by his peers in the bankruptcy community, including other lawyers, the judges, Court staff and his own staff. Jim would be my choice if I needed a bankruptcy attorney. As evidenced by my sending referrals to him regularly. Jim is an adjunct professor at the Phoenix School of Law, a regular speaker on bankruptcy for the State Bar and other professional organizations. Jim is one of those people who makes you smile. I have never seen him in bad humor, nor act disrespectful to anyone. You will be pleased that you met him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've known Jim Kahn for almost 30 years. He was a well-established lawyer when I started practice, and he was never too busy to answer a question from the new kid on the block. Over the years, I've referred him conflicts or cases that I was too busy to handle, and my reports back on his performance in those cases has been uniformly excellent. He is an excellent lawyer, and has been on the short list for Bankruptcy Judge more than once. Sometimes we're on the same side, and sometimes in opposition. His work has always been first rate in those cases. And I note that he's been awarded membership on the site; it seems fully deserved to me. Finally, the fact that JIm (as of the date of this posting) does not yet have a perfect 10 rating on AVVO demonstrates that the AVVO algorithm for judging lawyers is not yet perfect."
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Phoenix Chapter 7 bankruptcy Lawyer James F Kahn
James F Kahn
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 51 years
Virtual consultation available