James M. Cool

Frazer, Ryan, Goldberg & Arnold, LLP
Frazer, Ryan, Goldberg & Arnold, LLP
1850 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1800, Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States


A Best Lawyers in America® honoree, Jimmy Cool is a counselor and trial attorney whose practice emphasizes civil and commercial litigation. 

A partner in the firm, Jimmy is aided in guiding his clients to successful outcomes by experience in a broad range of civil litigation encompassing tax controversy and appeals, catastrophic personal injury, professional regulation, public records, bet-the-company commercial litigation, and high-profile litigation in the public interest.

His professional background also includes advising several law enforcement and firefighter unions in their collective bargaining negotiations, including having led the bargaining team that negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement between an Arizona county and its sheriff’s office.

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation

Business Litigation

Administrative Law

Professional Licensing and Regulation

Real Estate Litigation

Property Tax

State and Local Tax

Distinctions and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® (Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs), 2023

Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014-present

Litigation Counsel of America: Associate Fellow

National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 (Arizona), 2012-2018

America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (Arizona), 2017-2019

Top Five Attorneys (Alternative Dispute Resolution), AzBusiness, 2019-2020

“Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona,” Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, 2013

Successfully led the legal team that negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement between an Arizona county and its sheriff’s office

Professional Memberships

National Trial Lawyers: Business Torts Specialty Association

State Bar of Arizona: Young Lawyers Division

Maricopa County Bar Association: Volunteer Lawyers Program

Professional Activities

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law: Youth Mentoring Board, Founder and Past Executive Director

Coach, Jenckes Cup Competition, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 2010-2014

Collegiate Scholars Program, Arizona State University: Legal Advocacy Instructor

Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University: Adjunct Faculty, 2008-2012

Barrett Summer Scholars Program, Arizona State University: Legal Advocacy Instructor, 2008-2011

Arizona State University Undergraduate Mock Trial, 2007-2013

Arizona School for the Arts High School Mock Trial: Coach, 2010 State Champions, 2011 Runners-Up 

Presentations and Articles

“Claims Against Government Entities: A Perspective from Both Sides,” Maricopa County Bar Association, September 2021 

“Moral Philosophy as a Framework for Political Persuasion,” National Court Reporters Association, Legislative Boot Camp, March 2018

“The Power of Punctuation,” Arizona Court Reporters Association Annual Convention, September 2015

“When FMLA Leaves Become an ADA Reasonable Accommodation,” 2011 Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs Annual Convention

“Doing Well by Doing Good: Re-Thinking Your Marketing One Relationship at a Time” (co-author), Trial, August 2009

Arizona State University Legal Psychology Research Lab: Guest Lecturer on Trial Advocacy and Psychology

Representative Matters

Smith v. Town of Marana, 2022 WL 15595951 (Ariz.App. 2022)

Medrano v. City of Phoenix, 2014 WL 5494931 (Ariz.App. 2014)

Greater Phoenix Urban League, et al., v. Arizona Dept. of Health Services

Carlos Castro v. Brad Martin, 854 Fed. Appx. 888 (9th Cir. 2021)

Court Admissions

Arizona, 2010

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, 2011

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2015


J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2010: Order of the Barristers; Jenckes Closing Argument Competition (Champion, 2009); Oplinger Closing Argument Competition (Champion, 2008 and 2009); Berch Scholar; “Most Outstanding” Oral Advocate, Class of 2010; National Trial Advocacy Scholarship, American Association of Justice; Arizona Board of Trial Advocates Scholarship

B.A., English Education, University of Arizona, 2007

Community Involvement

Phoenix Center for the Arts: Board of Directors

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