James Tucker focuses his practice on general litigation and appellate work, employment defense, voting rights and election law, and governmental relations, including legislative and policy work. With more than 20 years of employment law litigation experience, he emphasizes preventive law and counseling and advice as ways to reduce the risk that employers face. Jim has litigated in federal and state courts in Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and his cases have resulted in published opinions in Arizona, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Since 1999, Jim’s representation of governmental entities in Arizona has included general litigation work for Maricopa County; representing the Maricopa Community College District in a data breach investigation and administrative proceedings; providing counseling advice to the Maricopa County Elections Department of the County Recorder’s Office on federal voting laws; and representing the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry, and Technology in Coconino County in redistricting and in administrative proceedings with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jim has a strong commitment to pro bono service, and has amassed an impressive body of work with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, among others. He sits on the 32-member National Advisory Committee to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Native American Voting Rights Coalition, and serves as chair-elect of the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona. In 2014, the firm selected Jim as its pro bono attorney of the year.
Jim served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate (JAG), U.S. Air Force Reserve. A combat veteran, his military distinctions include the Air Medal and the Aerial Achievement Medal for service in the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm. A prolific author and speaker, Jim teaches and is a frequent panelist on voting rights law. Jim served as judicial law clerk to Maurice M. Paul, Chief U.S. District Judge of the Northern District of Florida.
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