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James “Jim” Brophy’s practice focuses on business transactions.

Jim has experience in large business and real estate transactions, including negotiating and preparing merger and acquisition documents for both buyers and sellers; executive employment agreements; and executive and equity compensation programs.  Jim’s experience includes the preparation of Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) registration statements; the preparation of SEC periodic reports; and preparation of and consultation regarding proxy materials, including routine proxy solicitations and merger and acquisition proxies.  Jim has counseled boards of directors for both for-profit and nonprofit entities relating to fiduciary obligations and conflicts of interest.  Jim is experienced in insurance and banking law, including the formation and licensing of insurance and reinsurance companies and banks.


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 Best Lawyers in America® for Banking and Finance Law (2013-2024), Corporate Law (2006-2024), Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2013-2024), Litigation-Labor and Employment (2013-2024) by Best Lawyers

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