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With a history of excellence in cases involving complicated custody and parenting time issues, Rachel R. James has represented clients in almost every area of family law, including custody, paternity, spousal support, property division, post-decree modification, orders of protection, prenuptial agreements, and family law appeals. She has also represented clients in the areas of third-party custody involving grandparent rights and in loco parentis matters. Although her practice is primarily in family court, Ms. James has successfully represented clients in juvenile and probate matters, including guardianships, conservatorships and dependency actions.

Admitted to practice law in Arizona, California, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Ms. James was an active member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, serving on the Board of Directors for both the Young Lawyers Division and the Family Law Section until she moved to San Diego in April of 2011.  Ms. James was also named the Young Lawyers Division Member of the Year for 2010.  Ms. James is now a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of San Diego. 

Ms. James received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Iowa and her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.

If you would like to discuss your matter with Ms. James in detail, please contact her at 619-236-1551 or e-mail her at


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 100%
    11 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Melissa Kleminski Bower

    I endorse Rachel. She is a strong advocate, compassionate and professional.


    Melissa Bower Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Leslie A Satterlee

    I endorse this lawyer's work. She is extremely detail-oriented. Knowledgeable and has a gift for explaining complicated legal issues to clients and other laypersons. She is has one of the best "bed-side" manners I have ever seen when she deals with her clients, colleagues and other involved professionals.


    Leslie Satterlee Family Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact info

Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP

401 West A Street, Suite 2600
San Diego, CA, 92101


AZInactive 200603/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Young Lawyers Division Member of the YearMaricopa County Bar Association2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices Of Scott David Stewart, PLLC2011 - 2011
AttorneyNirenstein Garnice Soderquist, PLLC2005 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Lawyers Club of San DiegoMember2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2005 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2005 - Present
Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law SectionBoard of Directors2011 - 2011
Maricopa County Bar Association - Young Lawyers DivisionBoard of Directors2007 - 2011
Arizona Women Lawyers Association.Member2005 - 2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of IowaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLEIdentifying Property Types and How the Court Will View Each2011