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AZ-Dinita James new 6-13-16
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Phone: (480) 565-6400
Fax: (480) 565-6401
60 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Ste 900
Tempe, AZ 85281

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

Professional Recognition
  • 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

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