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Recognized as a Top Lawyer by Desert Companion Magazine, in “Top Lawyers: The Best of the Best in Southern Nevada” by Vegas Inc., rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, and “Superb” by

James graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he served as an articles editor for the BYU Law Review and was honored with a membership in the Order of the Coif for outstanding legal scholarship.

James continues to be recognized well past law school for his professional abilities. He is AV Preeminent rated, the highest possible attorney rating in legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell, the profession’s oldest publisher of attorney profiles and ratings. He is also rated the highest possible rating of “Superb” by, an unbiased online attorney search and rating firm. In 2012 and 2013, he was named in “Top Lawyers: The Best of the Best in Southern Nevada” by Vegas, Inc., and in 2013 and 2014 he was named by Desert Companion magazine as one of Southern Nevada’s Top Lawyers.

James began his law career in complex commercial litigation at a national law firm, Brown & Bain (now Perkins Coie) in Phoenix, Arizona. He later joined Scalley & Reading in Salt Lake City, Utah where he continued practicing law in commercial litigation and added general business to his practice areas. During that time James served as the Command Judge Advocate in the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) of the Army National Guard where he advised Army officers and soldiers in the areas of family law, small business law, and basic estate planning. He was promoted to the rank of Major, earned his jump wings at the US Army jump school at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and was recognized by the Army for his meritorious service.

As a partner at the Henderson, Nevada law firm of Peel Brimley LLP, his practice areas included corporate and business law, contractor regulatory compliance and licensing, and contracts law. Now with more than two decades of legal experience, James is the managing attorney of Claflin Law Ltd in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he practices business and family law.

James has been a member of the law faculties of Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, Concord University Law School, and the University of North Dakota Law School, where he also served as the Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program. As a law professor, James has enjoyed designing and teaching courses in legal research and writing, the legal process, appellate advocacy, torts, trial advocacy, and contracts. James has continued his love for teaching the law as a faculty member for attorney seminars on the subjects of business, corporate, contracts, and family law in addition to volunteering his time as a guest teacher at local schools on "Law Day." James also volunteers his time to pro bono cases and "Ask a Lawyer" clinics.


Languages spoken: English, French

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Contact info

Claflin Law Ltd

3753 Howard Hughes Parkway
Suite 200
Las Vegas, NV, 89169

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    16 years
  2. Business: 30%
    25 years
  3. Family: 20%
    16 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Lawyers 2014Desert Companion Magazine2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Lawyers 2013Desert Companion Magazine2013
TOP LAWYERS 2013: The Best of the Best in Southern NevadaVEGAS INC.2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Lawyers 2012: The Best of the Best in Southern NevadaVEGAS INC2012
Top 10% GraduateUS Army National Guard1996
Outstanding Scholastic AchievementWest Publishing Company1991
Order of the CoifBrigham Young University1991
Magna cum laudeBrigham Young University1991
Highest Grade in Legal Negotiation and SettlementBYU J. Reuben Clark Law School1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyClaflin Law Ltd2008 - Present
PartnerPeel Brimley LLP2005 - 2011
Asst Prof of Law/Dir, Legal Research & Writing ProgramUniversity Of North Dakota School Of Law2001 - 2005
Professor of LawConcord University Law School2000 - 2005
Managing AttorneyClaflin & Company1996 - 2001
Command Judge Advocate General (Major)19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), UT Army National Guard1994 - 2001
AttorneyScalley & Reading PC, Utah1993 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
J. Reuben Clark Law SocietyMember1991 - Present
Nevada State BarFamily Law SectionN/A
Nevada State BarConstruction Law SectionN/A
Nevada State BarBusiness Law SectionN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Green v. GreenDivorce decree obtained. All client goals achieved.
Schollian v. SchollianSpeedy divorce decree obtained. Met all client goals.
Carter v. Auto Credit UnionSuccessful negotiation of return of Lemon and full refund for clients.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Avvo Legal GuideWhat is a Nevada LLC?2012
Avvo Legal GuideI've just been arrested. What do I do now?2011
Essential Skills for Drafting LLC AgreementsFoundational LLC Formation Concepts2007
Essential Skills for Drafting LLC AgreementsTips for Successful LLC Agreement Drafting2007
Drafting and Enforcing Commercial Leases in NevadaSignificant Issues Specific to Commercial Leases2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
US Army Infantry School, AirborneBasic Airborne Course ("Jump School")Graduation1999
US Army National GuardMilitary LawJudge Advocate Officer Advanced Course1996
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Brigham Young UniversityTheater ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Day 2011: The Legacy of John AdamsGeneral American Legal System; Writs of Habeus Corpis2011
Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues in NevadaLaws That Affect Construction Contracts; Key Clauses to Modify2011
Collecting Construction Payments in NevadaBidding; Contract Clauses2009
Basic Business LawBasic Business Law2009
Fundamentals of Construction Law in NevadaOverview of Bidding Process; Construction Contract Clauses2008
Collecting Construction Payments in NevadaBidding; Contract Clauses2008
New Contractor SeminarHow to Set Up a Corporation; Contractor/New Lien Laws2007
Fundamentals of Construction Law in NevadaThe Construction Contract; Overview of Bidding Process2007
Essential Skills for Drafting LLC AgreementsFoundational Formation Concepts; Tips for Successful Drafting2007
Drafting & Enforcing Commercial Leases in NevadaSignificant Issues Specific to Commercial Leases2007
Collecting Construction Payments in NevadaBidding; Contract Clauses2007