James Scott Rhodes

Adjunct Professor of Law

Mr. Rhodes has an extensive background in legal ethics. He regularly advises attorneys and law firms in matters relating to State Bar complaints, fee disputes, disciplinary matters, bar admission and other licensing, ethics, and professional responsibility issues. In addition, Mr. Rhodes currently serves as the firm's General Counsel, and previously held the position of Managing Attorney from December 2009 to May 2015.

In 2011, the Arizona Supreme Court appointed Mr. Rhodes to serve on its Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee. This Committee makes recommendations regarding attorney examination, admissions, reinstatement, disability and the lawyer discipline process.

In 2009, the Arizona Supreme Court appointed Mr. Rhodes to serve as a Member of its Attorney Discipline Task Force, which reviewed the rules of the attorney regulation system and recommended substantial changes to the Arizona Supreme Court that were implemented in 2011.

Mr. Rhodes was named Phoenix Administrative Lawyer of the Year 2011 and Phoenix Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year 2013 by The Best Lawyers in America®. The State Bar of Arizona selected Mr. Rhodes for the 2010 Member of the Year Award. Mr. Rhodes is AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in the categories of Administrative/Regulatory Law, Arbitration, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Litigation – Municipal, Mediation, and Municipal Law from 2009 through 2016. He was also named a Southwest Super Lawyer® in 2007 in the categories of Administrative Law, Law and Politics and in 2011 - 2015 in the categories of Professional Liability: Defense, State, Local & Municipal, and Utilities Law.

Under Mr. Rhodes' leadership, Jennings Strouss & Salmon ranked #1 in the US in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law by The Best Lawyers in America® 2010, and #1 in Arizona in 2011.

Mr. Rhodes also practices in the areas of energy and utilities law, local government law, and professional corporate governance and structure.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rhodes served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert Corcoran and the Honorable Charles E. Jones, Arizona Supreme Court, in 1995-1996. Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Rhodes operated his own business in Paris for nine years.



Assistant: Leanna Walker