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James R. Huntwork – Of Counsel


James R. Huntwork

Of Counsel


  • Yale Law School, J.D.
    Note and Comment Editor,
    Yale Law Journal
  • Yale University, M.A., Economics,
    Shimer College, B.A., with distinction


Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar
  • State Bar of Massachusetts (inactive)

Jim assists clients, often in a multi-jurisdictional transactions, in buying, financing, developing, leasing and selling real estate and related assets, including: structuring joint ventures among developers, investors and landowners; financing real estate acquisition and development through equity investment, mezzanine lending and asset-based lending (both lender and borrower representation); developing retail projects, including site acquisition, master planning and leasing (both landlord and tenant representation); buying and selling electrical generation and transmission facilities; and structuring public/private real estate ventures.

Representative Professional Experience

  • Developed standard forms and procedures for equity investments and mezzanine loan transactions for a Columbus OH insurance company.
  • Served as the lead real estate counsel for a retail company while it grew from less than 10 stores into a Fortune 500 retailer with more than 400 “big box” stores internationally.
  • Represented a major utility in acquiring and disposing of interests in electrical generating stations, including related switchyards and transmission facilities.
  • Represented the developer of a 500,000 square foot class A high-rise office building, including a condominiumized parking garage beneath a public park.
  • Represented the developer of a 500-acre commercial, industrial and research center based on a 99-year ground lease of municipal land.
  • Represented the developer of a 1000-acre residential subdivision financed by a retirement fund for public employees.

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law  (1987 to present)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers (10 years)
  • 1000 “People to Know in Arizona Real Estate”, AZRE magazine
  • Recipient of the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee for work on monitoring elections and business law reform in the former Soviet Union

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, first person appointed to Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission, which was formed by a ballot initiative in the 2000 general election. (The IRC draws the boundaries of Arizona’s legislative and Congressional districts.)
  • Economic Development Boards, Phoenix Economic Growth Corporation (Executive Committee) and City of Phoenix NAFTA Task Force
  • Heard Museum of Native Arts and Cultures, Board of Trustees
  • Arizona Bar Association, Real Estate Section Board of Governors
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