I was admitted to practice in 1977 in Arizona. I attended Arizona State University for my Bachelors Decree, then spent two years in the United States Army before obtaining my law decree from the University of Arizona in 1977. I have always practiced in private practice handling jury trials in criminal cases and civil cases. I also handled litigation in the bankruptcy court, probate court and family court. About fifteen years ago I limited my practice to all aspects of family law, together with simple wills, medical powers of attorney and living wills. I was a family law specialist for ten (10) years, but at this point in my career do not have that designation. I encourage you to go to my website - leatherlawoffice.com for additional information.
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James’s comment: “As a young attorney I was hired as an associate for a sole practitioner in 1978. A year later I became a partner with this attorney. Over the years the partnership became very dysfunctional. I attempted to help this attorney to make it a viable business, to no avail. Complaints came in resulting in 2007 in a censure for both myself and my attorney partner and a requirement that the partnership be dissolved. Since 2007 I have been successfully on my own with no problems with the Bar.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Outstanding Contributions to the Family Law Assistance Project||Volunteer Lawyers Program of Arizona||2015|
|Advocate of the Year - Family Lawyer Assistance Project||Volunteer Lawyers Program of Arizona||2015|
|Certificate of Recoginition to Family Law Assitance Project||Volunteer Lawyers Program of Arizona||2006|
|Owner||James L. Leather, PLLC||2007 - Present|
|Partner||Burton & Leather||1979 - 2007|
|Associate attorney||Law office of Charles B. Burton||1978 - 1979|
|staff attorney||Western Growers Association||1977 - 1978|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Maricopa County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|University of Arizona College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|Arizona State University||Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1972|