James 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, he currently serves as the firm's General Counsel, and previously held the position of Managing Attorney from December 2009 to May 2015.
Under Professor Rhodes’ leadership, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon ranked #1 in the United States in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law by The Best Lawyers in America ® 2010, and #1 in Arizona in 2011. The Best Lawyers in America® named him as the 2011 Phoenix Administrative Lawyer of the Year and Phoenix Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year in 2013 and 2018. He also has been selected for inclusion in 2011-2016 Southwest Super Lawyers in the categories of Professional Liability: Defense, State, Local & Municipal, and Utilities Law. In 2011, the Arizona Supreme Court appointed Mr. Rhodes to serve on its Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations regarding attorney examination, admissions, reinstatement, disability and the lawyer discipline process. Mr. Rhodes is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is included in the 2009-2018 The Best Lawyers in America ® for Administrative/Regulatory Law, Arbitration, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Litigation – Municipal, Mediation, and Municipal Law. He was the co-recipient of the State Bar of Arizona’s 2010 Member of the Year Award. He was Chair of the Ethics Committee of the State Bar of Arizona from 2009-2011, and was a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Task Force from 2009-2010.
Professor Rhodes is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law teaching Professional Responsibility.