Dinita L. James
Litigation, including class and collective action litigation; noncompetition agreement enforcement.
About Dinita's Practice
Dinita L. James of Gonzalez Law, LLC, has extensive experience litigating complex matters in state and federal court, including large employment discrimination class actions and wage and hour collective actions. She also represents employers in defense of individual cases arising under antidiscrimination, whistleblower protection, and antiretaliation laws and in enforcement of noncompetition and other restrictive covenants.
Notably, Ms. James’ experience also includes antitrust, environmental, real estate, and disputes involving contracts of all kinds. She achieved a favorable settlement with a state attorney general’s office on behalf of a corporation, helping it to avoid potential treble damages. In a recent commercial arbitration, she obtained an award for an insurance carrier that was only a fraction of its multimillion dollar exposure on a coverage dispute involving a complex corporate acquisition.
Ms. James currently serves as an Associate Editor for Litigation, the flagship publication of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. She has been a leader in the Section for more than two decades, including a one-year term as Managing Director of the Section. She served three-year terms as Director of its Publication Division, as co-chair of its Committee on Class Actions and Derivative Suits, and as a member of its governing Council. She chaired the Council’s Diversity Committee for two years. Ms. James also chaired its CLE Committee, after being honored for two consecutive years with the Section’s Award of Excellence for CLE Programming. She is a Past President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and the Ferguson-White American Inn of Court. Ms. James is also a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Navajo Nation Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and the Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court.
Ms. James is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been selected for inclusion on the Southwest Super Lawyers® list, as well as the Best Lawyers® list in Labor and Employment Law, and was named one of “Florida’s Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.
Ms. James is a member of the Employers Counsel Network, is the Arizona editor for 50 Employment Laws in 50 States, and also edits Arizona Employment Law Letter. She regularly presents seminars, including topics concerning immigration for Arizona employers, employment discrimination, FMLA compliance and employee leave challenges, and maximizing in-house/outside counsel relationships.
- University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with highest honors, 1990
- University of North Carolina, B.A., 1980
Major Publications & Speaking Engagements
- Editor, Arizona Employment Law Letter (since February 2010)
- Author, "Veteran sexual harassment warrior sees cause for optimism," Arizona Employment Law Letter, November 2018, and Diversity Insight, February 13, 2019
- Author, "Dear Mark: #MeToo movement gets it wrong on arbitration," Arizona Employment Law Letter, September 2018, and HR Daily Advisor, January 17, 2019
- Quoted, "Employers Seeing Impact of Government Shutdown," HR Daily Advisor, January 7, 2019
- Author, "Arizona Minimum Wage Going Up on January 1," HR Daily Advisor, December 7, 2018
- Author, "Practice what you hope to never need," Arizona Employment Law Letter, August 2018, and HR Daily Advisor, August 14, 2018
- Author, "New Law in Arizona: Reduced Liability for Employers Hiring Ex-Offenders," HR Daily Advisor, July 20, 2018
- Author, "#MeToo matters, but does it mark lasting change?" Arizona Employment Law Letter, July 2018, and Diversity Insight, July 10, 2018
- Author, "3 strategic foci for HR in 2018," Arizona Employment Law Letter, January 2018, and HR Daily Advisor, January 25, 2018
- Quoted, "Catch-22 on Marijuana Laws Continues with New Justice Department Policy," HR Daily Advisor, January 8, 2018
- Author, "New Year, New Wages: Arizona Minimum Wage Increases to $10.50, $11 in Flagstaff," HR Daily Advisor, January 3, 2018
- Author, "Action needed to enforce workplace respect for others," Arizona Employment Law Letter, May 2017, and Diversity Insight, July 16, 2017
- Author, "Rural counties must reverse Millennial labor drain," Arizona Employment Law Letter, March 2017, and Diversity Insight, May 14, 2017
- Author, "Are your decisions made for the reasons you think?" Arizona Employment Law Letter, November 2016, and Diversity Insight, January 15, 2017
- Author, "Value of vacation," Arizona Employment Law Letter, January 2015, and HR Hero Line, January 18, 2017
- Author, "New Arizona minimum wage goes into effect January 1," Human Resources News, December 30, 2016
- Quoted, "States approve minimum wage, paid leave ballot questions," Human Resources News, November 10, 2016
- Author, "Arizona voters approve increased minimum wage, paid sick leave," Human Resources News, November 9, 2016
- Author, "Arizona voters will decide minimum wage, recreational marijuana proposals," Human Resources News, August 22, 2016
- Author, "Scammers, posing as execs, go phishing for data," Arizona Employment Law Letter, May 2016, and Technology for HR Blog, June 14, 2016
- Author, "Prevent, don't just pardon, manterrupting," Arizona Employment Law Letter, July 2015, and Diversity Insight, October 18, 2015
- Quoted, "Time for federal contractors to get ready for new pay transparency rule," Human Resources News, September 10, 2015
- Author, "Arizona hotel cleans up in unfair labor practices trial," Arizona Employment Law Letter, June 2015, and HR.BLR.com, June 13, 2015
- Author, "Recent events confirm racists, misogynists are not extinct," Arizona Employment Law Letter, May 2015, and Diversity Insight, June 14, 2015
- Author, "Marriage equality comes to Arizona (and 16 other states) in 2014," Arizona Employment Law Letter, November 2014, and Diversity Insight, November 16, 2014
- Author, "Multitasking hinders productivity," Arizona Employment Law Letter, May 2014, and HR Hero Line, October 1, 2014
- Author, "Steps to take toward gender equality," Arizona Employment Law Letter, March 2014, and Diversity Insight, April 20, 2014
- Quoted, "Are microaggressions a new legal threat in the workplace?" Diversity Insight, May 18, 2014
- Author, "Teaching and Learning From Others,"The Woman Advocate, 2nd (Published April 2010)
- Author, "The Collective/Class Conundrum in Aggregated Employment Litigation," Class Actions ABA-CLE (2006)
- Author, Arizoneout: Legal Marijuana in the Arizona Workplace, www.arizoneout.blogspot.com
- Author, "The Plaintiff's Revenge: Applying the Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standards to Defenses", ABA Section of Litigation, 2011 Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Joint CLE Seminar
- Listed in "Florida's Legal Elite," by Florida Trend Magazine (2004-2006)
- Received Martindale Hubbell's AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (AV)
- Southwest Super Lawyers (2010-2011)
- Best Lawyers in America, 2013 - Employment Litigation
Admitted to Practice
Arizona; Florida; Navajo Nation; U.S. District Courts, District of Arizona, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court