Honors and Awards
Rising Stars, 2014, 2015
National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (Arizona), 2012-2015
Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services &
American Association for Justice
Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
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
Consultant, American Intercollegiate Moot Court Association
Youth Mentoring Board, Sandra Day OConnor College of Law: Founder and Past
Coach, Jenckes Cup Competition, Arizona State University, Sandra Day OConnor
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:
Barrett Summer Scholars Program, Arizona State University: Legal Advocacy
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,
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 2011
Cool Represents Deputy
Sheriff in Successful Appeal of Suspension
Cool Facilitates Adoption of
Deputies' Collective Bargaining Agreement
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
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 opponents claims.
Shyam Byra, CEO, SQA Labs, Inc.
James is a consummate strategist, with a firm grasp of the
technical and medical details of cases. In our experience of working with
attorneys on a national level, James is part of a distinguished echelon, capable
of keen analyses and detailed focus on pertinent aspects, regardless of case
type. Skills like his will always ensure that his clients concerns are
optimally represented, regardless of their matter.
Dr. Michael Valdisseri,
Chairman and CEO of Bio-Sim Corporation
Jimmy Cool is a litigator and trial attorney whose
practice emphasizes serious or catastrophic personal injuries, commercial
disputes between closely held companies, professional administrative or
regulatory action, and a variety of matters involving the rights of public
Jimmy's practice is not defined by a particular area of law or
subject matter; instead, he focuses on representing good people ranging from families and individuals to closely held companies and professional organizations such as the Arizona Court Reporters Association who need responsive legal guidance. His mission is to counsel his clients about their
options and to work together to achieve the outcome or resolution that best
meets their goals. Jimmy seeks to help his clients find
cost-effective and practical solutions to serious problems.
In the personal injury arena, Jimmy represents victims of
negligence, medical or professional malpractice, and nursing home elder abuse.
He has significant experience representing the victims of traumatic brain
injuries and in dealing with the related medical and legal issues. His notable
recent cases include the following:
Successfully litigated to a confidential six-figure
settlement for the victim of an industrial accident
that required three weeks of hospitalization.
$600,000 for a student who suffered a serious spinal injury in a rear-end
In a negligent security claim, achieved a
confidential settlement against multiple defendants on
behalf of a financial industry executive who was assaulted by a fellow
patron outside an upscale nightclub.
Achieved a six-figure settlement on behalf of an elderly,
wheelchair-bound woman who was seriously injured following cataracts surgery
due to the failure of the surgical center staff to escort her to her
vehicle, as required by the center's policies.
Reached a confidential six-figure settlement on behalf of
retirees whose retirement property was severely damaged in the midst of
construction by a carelessly ignited fire on a neighboring property.
In addition, he represents closely held businesses and the
individuals who own them in commercial disputes regarding corporate governance
and commercial transactions and in defense of governmental regulatory and
administrative actions. Recent cases:
wrongfully sued local internet technology company and won the complete
dismissal of a mid-six-figure claim.
Actively represents two northern Arizona medical marijuana
dispensaries in business and regulatory compliance matters.
Successfully defended a physician in a breach of contract,
fraud and racketeering claim in which the plaintiffs claimed more than
$500,000 in alleged damages. After an eight-day trial, the 10-member jury
returned a unanimous defense verdict, and our client was awarded $120,000 in
legal fees and costs.
In an eight-day
commercial arbitration, co-counseled with Shawn Aiken in successfully
defending the owners of a tech-industry staffing company against claims for
damages totaling more than $4 million for alleged self-dealing, oppression,
Actively represents Arizona's largest association of
freelance court reporters in business and professional regulatory matters.
Public Labor Law
Jimmy also has broad experience in the field of public labor law
and has represented or counseled dozens of public employees facing
Successfully advised and led the team that
negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement between an Arizona county
Sheriffs Department (Pinal County) and its deputies.
represented dozens of Arizona law enforcement officers in matters involving
employee rights, due process, merit system appeals, public agency labor
relations, tribal sovereign immunity, civil rights and discrimination.
Prevailed in an
administrative trial before a three-person county merit board and overturned
the 30+ hour suspension of a sheriff's deputy for allegedly damaging a
county vehicle due to negligence.
Jimmy's general civil litigation practice has included a broad variety of
contested matters in superior court and in administrative proceedings:
In a civil
rights claim of unconstitutional imprisonment, represents a young mother
imprisoned for 92 days, just six weeks after giving birth to her first
child, for a crime she did not commit.
Played a major
role on the team of Aiken Schenk lawyers in the only successful legal
challenge to the Arizona Department of Health Services' regulations for
dispensing medical marijuana.
Arizona political candidate under federal investigation for alleged abuses
of power intended to advance the client's candidacy.
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. At ASU, he won the 2009 Jenckes
Closing Argument Competition and the 2008 Oplinger Closing Argument Competition
and was the recipient of the AAJs National Trial Advocacy Scholarship in 2011.
Speaking Engagements and Publications
The Power of Punctuation, Arizona Court Reporters
Association Annual Convention, September 2015
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