James E. Ledbetter, Esq.

James E. Ledbetter


Jim Ledbetter is the founding member of the Firm. Through his practice, he represents a number of insurers, physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, oil and gas producers, professionals, government entities, and Tribal Nations. Mr. Ledbetter defends these clients in litigated matters while also overseeing the clients' business needs, including business transactions, corporate formation, purchase agreements, union negotiations, and contract negotiations.

In recent years, Mr. Ledbetter has been retained as a consulting and testifying expert in matters involving the interpretation of insurance coverage, the defense of professional negligence claims and the resolution of intergovernmental disputes.

Mr. Ledbetter is also active within a number of community agencies throughout Northern Arizona. He was elected to the Mingus Union High School District Board in 2006 and he currently serves on the Boards of Northern Arizona Healthcare, the Verde Valley Medical Center, Flagstaff Medical Center and Sedona Medical Center. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Verde Valley and Sedona Medical Centers.

Mr. Ledbetter was also a founding Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Cottonwood. He has served as a Board Member for United Way for Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley Fair Association and has provided volunteer legal services to a number of agencies, including the Sedona Center for the Arts, the Women's Sanctuary of Cottonwood, Jazz On The Rocks, and the Old Town Mission.

With the Old Town Mission, Mr. Ledbetter established a pro bono legal clinic which has run for over a decade, and he obtained certification and worked to secure State and Federal licensures to operate a free medical clinic for the homeless and working poor.

Mr. Ledbetter has been appointed by Arizona Governors to serve on education, liability and healthcare task forces. He is also a frequent lecturer for Bar organizations on the topics of healthcare law, ethics, insurance coverage and tort reform.

As a result of his appointment by former Governor Napolitano to the Board of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Controls and his subsequent election as its Chairman, Mr. Ledbetter obtained first-hand experience in the litigation of administrative appeals. He applies this experience to the Firm's administrative adjudication practice, particularly as to claims brought against licensed professionals.

Mr. Ledbetter has also published articles in the area of hospital-liability law and has served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

In February, 2010, Mr. Ledbetter was appointed to a Congressional health care advisory board, which will seek to further review the application, implementation and impact of health care reform changes upon physicians and hospitals. Mr. Ledbetter is also recognized by his colleagues and has been selected as one of Arizona's Finest Lawyers.

Personal Background

Jim is an Arizona native; born in Casa Grande and raised in Pinetop. He has been married to his wife, Rita, for 25 years and together they have five sons. He and his family reside in Cottonwood, Arizona, having made the Verde Valley their home.



Arizona, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1989; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1993; U.S. Supreme Court, 1993; Colorado River Indian Community, 1993; Hualapai Tribal Court, 1995; White Mountain Apache Court, 1993; Navajo Nation, 1992; Hopi Tribal Court, 1995; Yavapai-Apache Tribal Court 2006

Employment History