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James R. Condo

James R. Condo

Partner| Phoenix|Washington, D.C.


Jim Condo is a highly accomplished lawyer who has been recognized by his peers as one of the finest trial attorneys in Arizona. He focuses his practice on high-profile “bet-the-company” litigation in the professional liability, product liability, and business enterprise dispute arenas.

Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in four categories, including recognition as the Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Legal Malpractice Law—Defendants (2018). In addition, Jim has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business®, and has been ranked by Southwest Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 (2017) Business Litigation lawyers in Arizona.

The breadth of Jim’s experience is represented by the diversity of his clients that have included most recently AmLaw 200 law firms and lawyers, a professional sports team, and a major medical device manufacturer.

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Professional Liability
  • Lead trial counsel for a major U.S. law firm on a 3+ week jury trial on claims by a corporate issuer of publicly traded stock arising from the rendering of certain legal opinions in connection with the stock
  • Lead trial counsel for a major U.S. law firm against claims brought by the bankruptcy trustee of a business services outsourcing company
  • Lead trial counsel for a major U.S. law firm against claims arising from the failure of a California-based savings & loan
  • Lead trial counsel for a major U.S. law firm against claims brought by the bankruptcy trustee of a national restaurant chain
Products Liability & Personal Injury
  • Co-counsel for a medical products device manufacturer on a 4-week jury trial on personal injury claims (2012 Significant Defense Verdict, Arizona Attorney, June 2013)
  • Lead trial counsel for a domestic vehicle manufacturer through a 4-week trial on a wrongful death claim arising from inadvertent vehicle movement
  • Lead trial counsel for a pesticide company on a 2-week jury trial on personal injury claims alleging brain damage from exposure to the toxic by-products of combustion
  • Multiple representations of a domestic medium and heavy duty truck manufacturer against wrongful death and personal injury claims involving vehicle crashworthiness allegations, including post-collision fuel fed fires
Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Lead trial counsel for a professional sports team involving leasing and management of the public facility
  • Lead trial counsel for a major aerospace company on a 6-week trial involving claims over the commercialization of terrestrial and satellite technology
  • Represented a hotel franchisee in arbitration with a national hotel chain regarding participation in the chain’s loyalty rewards program
  • Lead counsel for a national construction company during arbitration with a city arising from the construction of a public science facility
  • Boston College Law School, Newton, MA (J.D., cum laude, 1979)
    • Managing Editor, Boston College Law Review (1978-1979)
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA (B.S., Business and Economics, with honors, 1974)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America™
  • "Innovative Trial Preparation and Presentation," American College of Trial Lawyers (April 22, 2016)
  • "Escape from the Briar Patch Between Discovery and Trial," American College of Trial Lawyers (May 15, 2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (2003-2018)
    • Phoenix Lawyer of the Year, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (2018)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business®, Litigation: General Commercial (2003-2018)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star – Arizona, Product Liability, General Commercial (2013-2018)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2007-2017)
    • Top 50 in Arizona (2017)
  • Product Liability Defense Lawyer of the Year in Arizona, Corporate Intl Magazine (2013)
  • Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Attorneys, Commercial Litigation (2010-2011)
  • Arizona Presenters Alliance, 21st Annual Conference, Discussion Leader (2017)
  • The Nature Conservancy, Salt and Verde Rivers Water Fund Summit, Discussion Leader (2016)
  • "Visioning Scottsdale" Town Hall, City of Scottsdale, Panel Chair (2013)
  • Arizona Town Hall (1984-present)
    • Board of Directors (1996-2000; 2005-2009)
    • Chairman of the Board (2007-2009)
  • National Leadership Council, Lehigh University (2005-2011)
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals