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James Cool

Practice Areas

Personal Injury    Commercial Litigation

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association: Fellow, Law Practice Division, 2013-2014 (Law Practice Magazine Board, Education Board); Member, Section of Litigation (Young Advocates Committee), Young Lawyers Division (Litigation Committee; Labor and Employment Law Committee; Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Committee)

American Association for Justice

Arizona Association for Justice

National Trial Lawyers: Business Torts Specialty Association

State Bar of Arizona: Young Lawyers Division

Arizona Employment Lawyers Association

Maricopa County Bar Association: Volunteer Lawyers Program

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers® Rising Starssm, 2014

National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (Arizona), 2012, 2013

"Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona," Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2013

Professional Activities

Consultant, American Intercollegiate Moot Court Association

Youth Mentoring Board, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law: Founder and Past Executive Director

Coach, Jenckes Cup Competition, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 2010-Present

Collegiate Scholars Program, Arizona State University: Legal Advocacy Instructor

Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University: Adjunct Faculty, 2008-2012

Arizona State University/Aiken Schenk Collegiate Trial Advocacy Showcase: Coordinator, 2011-2012

Barrett Summer Scholars Program, Arizona State University: Legal Advocacy Instructor, 2008-2011

Arizona State University Undergraduate Mock Trial: Coach, 2010 National Finalists, 2011 Regional Champions

Arizona School for the Arts High School Mock Trial: Coach, 2010 State Champions, 2011 Runners-Up

Court Admissions

Arizona, 2010

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 2011

News Archive

Cool Represents Deputy Sheriff in Successful Appeal of Suspension

Cool Facilitates Adoption of Deputies' Collective Bargaining Agreement

Education

J.D., Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2010: Order of the Barristers; Prof. Michael and Hon. Rebecca White Berch Scholar; Outstanding Oral Advocate, Class of 2010

B.A., English Education, University of Arizona, 2007

 
James Cool: A client-focused problem-solver and an emerging leader among lawyers at the national level

"Jimmy Cool successfully defended me and my company in a multi-million-dollar commercial arbitration. His attention to detail, dedication, patience, and analytical and strategic thinking, combined with his hard work led us to victory against a leading national law firm. He is an excellent trial attorney, and his command of countless complicated and technical issues spanning more than eight years of corporate business operations and history allowed us to focus on the right points at the right time and to successfully defend against our opponent’s claims." - Shyam Byra, CEO, SQA Labs, Inc.

James Cool focuses his practice on the areas of personal injury, administrative law and public labor law. In the personal injury arena, he represents victims of negligence and nursing home elder abuse. He also represents individuals facing administrative discipline and in matters involving various regulatory authorities. In addition, James represents one of Arizona's largest law enforcement labor unions in general civil, labor and administrative disciplinary proceedings. Finally, James assists the firm’s shareholders in complex commercial litigation cases.

On the national legal scene, James has been selected to assume national leadership roles. In the American Bar Association, he has been appointed as a Fellow of the Law Practice Division (2013-2014) and is a member of its Magazine and Education boards. He is also a member of the ABA's Section of Litigation (Young Advocates Committee) and Young Lawyers Division (Litigation Committee; Labor and Employment Law Committee; Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Committee).

While attending law school at Arizona State University, James earned distinction as one of the most highly decorated oral advocates in school history by winning virtually every oral advocacy competition he entered. He was named the Outstanding Oral Advocate, Class of 2010, and received national recognition for his excellence in oral advocacy in the form of numerous advocacy-related scholarships and awards. At ASU, he won the 2009 Jenckes Closing Argument Competition and the 2008 Oplinger Closing Argument Competition and was the Trial Advocacy Scholarship Recipient.

As a law student, James completed an internship with the current associate presiding criminal judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, worked with numerous Phoenix and Tucson criminal defense firms, clerked for a national law firm focusing on plaintiff’s elder abuse cases and for the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firm in Arizona. James also completed an internship with the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, where he researched and wrote on a variety of legal issues involving Arizona constitutional law.

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • "When FMLA Leaves Become an ADA Reasonable Accommodation" (Presenter), 2011 Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs Annual Convention, Laughlin, Nevada

  • "Doing Well by Doing Good: Re-Thinking Your Marketing One Relationship at a Time," co-author, Trial Magazine, August 2009

  • Arizona State University Legal Psychology Research Lab: Guest Lecturer on Trial Advocacy & Psychology