Skip to content

James “Jim” Brophy’s practice focuses on business transactions and legal compliance for for-profit and nonprofit businesses.

Jim has experience with ERISA, executive employment agreements, executive compensation programs including supplemental executive retirement plans, stock option programs, phantom stock plans, deferred-compensation plans, and long-term incentive performance plans. He also helps with the formation and licensing of insurance and reinsurance companies and banks and provides counseling concerning the regulation of banks and insurance companies.

Jim advises clients concerning Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance for private and public companies.


J.D., magna cum laude, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, 1974
B.A., cum laude, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1968


Named among Chambers USA

Named among The Best Lawyers in America® – Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation-Labor and Employment by Best Lawyers (2023)

Named among Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine (2017, 2021)


American Bar Association

Arizona Town Hall

The Foundation for Senior Living, Vice Chairman

Phoenix Art Museum Men’s Art Council, Past President and 1999 Cowboy Art Sale and Exhibit, Chairman

Phoenix Tax Workshop, past member Board of Directors

Western Art Associates

Western Pension and Benefits Conference, Phoenix Chapter, Past President

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., District of Arizona
U.S. Tax Court


  • ARPA Provides for Full COBRA Premium Subsidies,” Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Article (April 2021)
  • “International Financial Reporting Standards,” International Lawyers Network Publications (November 2007)
  • “State Corporate Law Comparisons of Delaware, Arizona and Nevada,” International Lawyers Network Publications (November 2007)
  • Selected Tax Aspects of Real Estate Transactions
  • Fiduciary Responsibility Under ERISA—An Update
  • Plan Terminations and Conversions Under ERISA

Speaking Engagements

  • “Affordable Care Act Update: What You Need to Know About The ACA Now,” Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Seminar (March 2016)
  • “Securities Aspects of Real Estate Syndication,” Realty Seminar Institute
  • Phoenix Tax Workshop