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James L. Cork II

Commercial real estate Attorney at Tempe, AZ

4.3   12 reviews

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U.S. District Court District of Arizona




Law School: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California

J.D. (Cum Laude) 2007

Honors: National Dean's List

University:  Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

B.S. Justice Studies - 2003

Licensed for 15 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2017
Updated 11/25/2022
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 12/21/2022
State MI
Status Resigned
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Office of James Cork PLLC
8655 S Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ, 85284


4.3 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by J. | September 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, extremely Patient, and to the point
When my ex-wife unexpectedly threw a “below the belt punch” when trying to receive custody of our son, I needed a no-nonsense, professional attorney. James stuck to the facts as he laid out all of my options. He refused to indulge in similar tactics as opposing counsel, and kept to his knowledge of the law and professional courtroom etiquette. He knew when to urge me to negotiate, and when it was time to argue in front of the Judge. In the end, I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome for me and my family. Not only did my son remain in the better home, my ex-wife ended paying my Attorney’s fees. It was a long exhausting case, but James kept a positive attitude, which helped boost my morale. James seemed to know when to be extra firm with me in order to help me make the best choices in one of the worse periods of my life. James Cork II, is not only an excellent attorney, but extremely patient and to the point as well. I would recommend him for any type of Family law. Thank you James!
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Posted by Ty | September 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney!
When I finally realize my marriage was over, I was overwhelmed with the idea of finding an attorney. Through my research and word-of-mouth, I hired James. I am very much a first impressions kind of guy, and I can tell you, James won me over quickly. He was very professional, but personable, well handling my difficult case with confidence and integrity. My divorce was quite challenging, with several major issues to resolve, but due to Jameses extensive experience, and broad knowledge of family law, we were able to resolve and ultimately win our positions. James was very thorough with his approach and since this was my first divorce he was very patient, as he walked me through the process, while always keeping my goals in mind. One thing that really impressed me with the James was his ability to never lose his bearing, and to always stay on task. He never lost sight of our position and worked hard to solidify our case throughout the entire process. In addition, his court room etiquette was impressive, and he tackled the fax with the right level of tenacity, and professionalism. At the end of the day, we won our positions and I was very ecstatic with the results. I would and actually have recommended James to others for any family law matter, and thus far his reputation precedes him. Thank you James!
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Posted by J. | September 8, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, and to the point
Fromm, Smith and Gadow have a strong positive reputation for family law, and Mr. Cork definitely met those expectations. I was very pleased with the professionalism of James Cork. Throughout each process, James was quick to respond, giving me options to make good, educated decisions, which I did not necessarily have with a previous attorney. James was able to read the situation, and was quick to point out some advantages that were not apparent to me prior. My Child now resides with me, and I feel that I could not have achieved that without James.
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Posted by Jill | April 12, 2015
Professional, Respectful, and Empowering
After hearing many positive reviews about Fromm, Smith, and Gadow, I decided to hire Mr. Cork to represent me in my divorce proceedings. I was impressed by how he handled my case with confidence and integrity. His extensive knowledge of Family Law was evident as he patiently walked me through each step of the process careful to make sure I understood every aspect of my case. As his client, he always treated me with respect and dignity, and he never made me feel unsure or rushed. He was always professional and respectful towards me with just the right amount of effective aggressiveness in the courtroom. His diligent work on my case led to a judgement that fulfilled nearly every request I made. The day I hired Mr. Cork I remember feeling overwhelmed and defeated, but after nearly a year I signed my divorce decree in his office with confidence and a renewed sense of empowerment. Divorce can be devastating, but going through it with an attorney of Mr. Cork's caliber by my side allowed me to envision a positive, happy future and gave me the assurance that I will thrive in my newfound freedom. I know I walked out that day with a smile on my face. I would highly recommend Mr. Cork for any Family Law matter. He and his staff are absolutely amazing!
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Posted by Kevin | October 17, 2014
Exceptional Attorney
As a former Law Enforcement Officer, I have had many years of interaction with attorneys. James sets the bar at the highest level. His level of knowledge of family law is outstanding along with his courtroom demeanor. Between James and his Paralegal, Rhonda, I was never in the dark about the progress of my case. James does NOT practice "motion practice" in an attempt to nickel and dime your account. He works the case as needed to win for you, the client, not for himself. As a result of what James did, I was able to get my full parenting rights re-instated. I would highly recommend James if you want a truly knowledgeable, professional attorney.
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Posted by Hank | October 3, 2014
Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
Mr. Cork represented me in my divorce case in a very professional manner, he is very straight and forward and sticks to the facts and the truth. He is a "No Nonsense Lawyer". I was very comfortable in court with Mr. representing me, it was very easy when again he stuck to the facts and the truth which prevents any embarrassing moments. I was very satisfied with the judges ruling. Thanks again James you made my life good, and now I can move on in a very happy way.
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Posted by Jodi | August 10, 2014
Highly recommend
I was very pleased with my overall experience with James and the rest of the staff at Fromm, Smith and Gadow. James was very knowledgeable and prompt in answers my emails and phone calls. Even though the situation of needing a family/divorce lawyer is never pleasant my experience with James and the rest of the staff made my situation a little easier to deal with. I would highly recommend James Cork if the unfortunate situation arises.
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Posted by Marc | July 8, 2014
Thanks James
James Cork came highly recommended to me through a co worker who has worked with his firm in the past. I came to James worried, trapped, and unsure of what could be done to protect my children from their mother who is an alcoholic. He immediately filed the appropriate decision making docs. His top priority was always to protect my children. The necessary divorce that followed was painless thanks to James. I would highly recommend him to anyone who was in a situation like mine where so much is at stake. My children and I are now doing great and are getting our life back together.
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Posted by Shaila | July 5, 2014
Knowlegdable, kind, and understanding. James made a very forgien and stressful situation a calm process for me
James was incredibly patient and understanding in walking me through every step of our case. He made me feel completely comfortable when calling in with questions even if sometimes they seemed silly to me. Having him on my side made me feel much more confident and calm through out the process. He is very knowledgeable and had a well rounded plan for my case which brought me peace. I definitely would recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2014
Excellent Attorney
James Cork represented me from start to finish in my divorce case. I had initially gone to Fromm Smith and Gadow for an initial consultation with Jennifer Gadow. Both Mr. Cork and Ms. Gadow were at the consultation, and I was given the choice at the end of the meeting to hire Mr. Cork, who has less years’ experience, but whose fees were significantly lower. I was hesitant, since it was Ms. Gadow I had been referred to by a friend; but I knew I could not afford her, so I went with Mr. Cork. It was absolutely the right decision. Mr. Cork is highly intelligent, professional, and to the point. He is very ethical, as is the whole firm that he works at. Be prepared to give the whole and full truth at the consultation. This may seem obvious, but their ethical standard is very high. This is in stark contrast to my ex-husband’s attorney, who not only seemed to put up with my ex-husband’s lies, but seemed to knowingly lie herself in hopes of aiding their case. It didn’t help them and ended up biting them in the end. Mr. Cork gave me constructive criticism on a few occasions. I didn’t like it at the times, but not only did I need it, it proved to be to my benefit. In hindsight, all of his advice was spot on. I quickly found that I was able to leave everything in his hands and it would be taken care of. Mr. Cork was extremely good at filtering everything that I gave to him (as far as evidence and information via email), and picking out what was and was not important. He was precise and skilled at the trial, both in direct and cross-examination. He was able to uncover the truth (and the lies) without divulging into random questions (as my ex-husband’s attorney seemed to do). He was coherent and concise. To my amazement, he seemed to remember all of the small details that I had told him over the past several months. He made all of his points very well and did not deviate from what was relevant. The judge ultimately ruled in my favor a couple of weeks later; but either way, I left the courtroom knowing that I had received absolutely the best representation I could have received. The ruling was the icing on the cake. I also knew that I was in good hands throughout the entire process. The fees turned out to be surprisingly low, given the vast amount of work that was done on my case. I would highly recommend Mr. Cork and will recommend him to any family or friends that may need him in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply, James Cork will continue to recommend different ways to address and readdress the same matter, even when the judge has not awarded in your favor. I have realized after spending thousands of dollars, he is not working in our best interest of me, or in the interest of our family.
Posted by Mel | July 4, 2014
Cost me dearly
My experience was not good. I paid a high consultation fee to see Sandra Fromm. Her hourly rate was very expensive and I found her condescending and rude. I was handed off to James Cork, who did not have the experience, knowledge or skills needed for my situation. I was not adequately informed as to my legal options in dealing with a sensitive post-divorce issue and it cost me dearly. James Cork told me he "can't go through every detail with every client" and that it was up to me to "ask" the opposing party for negotiation -- but as my hired representative isn't that HIS JOB??? At the hourly rate an attorney is being paid, paying attention to details and appropriately representing me as his client should be the highest priority. I hoped to have an expert in my corner, but I got nothing close. Find an attorney that is loyal and has your best interests in mind.
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Response from James Cork July 22, 2014
Although the initial review says I handled this persons "Divorce/Separation Matter" and in the paragraph below it refers to a "post-divorce issue", I am fairly certain I know who wrote this review and I will simply say we withdrew from representation early on in the case for reasons that will not be disclosed.
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Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Fromm Smith & Gadow, PC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Baker Law Firm LLC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Sole Practicioner
  • Law Office of James Cork PLLC
  • 2008 - 2010


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Milinovich v. Womack, 236 Ariz. 612, 343 P.3d 924 (Ct. App. 2015)


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 2008 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Family Law Section
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Endorse James
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James is a terrific lawyer and has the highest ethical standards. If I needed a family lawyer, I would be happy to have him represent me."
Family Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Mr. Cork. He is a zealous advocate but he is also settlement-focused. He and his firm have an excellent reputation for being competent attorneys practicing family law."
Family Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James is one of a handful of local family lawyers who is both easy to work with and proficient in his field."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with James on cases in the past and believe him to be an excellent trial attorney and a very reasonable attorney to work with."