James L. Leather has practiced law in Phoenix since 1977. He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Arizona State University in 1972, and after two years of service in the United States Army, attended the University of Arizona Law School. After receiving his law decree in 1977, Mr. Leather worked for one year in Arizona and California handling farmworker/grower labor disputes before labor relations boards.
Mr. Leather then joined a small private law practice handling civil matters, criminal matters, bankruptcy matters and family court matters. Mr. Leather was the primary trial attorney during his career for the firm. Court appearances include not only jury and non jury trial before all the courts in the State of Arizona, but also arguments before Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Mr. Leather has also served as a vice-chairperson of the fee arbitration committee of the State Bar of Arizona, in which capacity he has arbitrated numerous fee disputes between client’s and their attorneys.
Approximately ten years ago Mr. Leather’s practice began to emphasize family law, and today is ninety (90) percent family law.
His experience over the past thirty plus years is “all” Arizona. He has practiced in court rooms throughout the State of Arizona and has been involved literally thousands of cases. He can offer the client not only the service needed by that client but also the experience and knowledge needed to handle that client’s needs. Mr. Leather is also a regular monthly participant in the Maricopa County Family Law Assistance Program, counseling low income individuals in need of assistance and document review.