Charles E. James Jr

Charles E. James Jr

Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

1 E Washington St, Suite 2700
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Tel: (602) 528-4061 Fax: (602) 253-8129



In Practice Since: 1973 ACBC Fellow Since: 2009

General obligation bonds, Municipal revenue bonds, Exempt organization bonds (including health care, higher education, schools and cultural institutions), Bonds backed by corporate or project revenues, Single-family housing bonds, Student loan bonds, Securities law

Occidental College, B.A., 1970 The University of Arizona, J.D., with high distinction, Order of the Coif, Arizona Law Review, 1973

Professional Affiliations:
National Association of Bond Lawyers, American College of Bond Counsel


Charles James has broad experience in public finance, having served as bond counsel for state agencies including state universities; clean water and drinking water revolving funds; counties, cities, school districts and special districts; student loan agencies; hospitals, nursing facilities and retirement centers; and housing finance agencies for more than 30 years of his legal practice. Since 1992, Mr. James has served as bond counsel on more than 100 financings totaling more than US$15 billion.

Mr. James is an elected Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. He has been listed The Best Lawyers in America and selected by his peers for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers, a distinction honoring the top 5 percent of lawyers in the region, each year since 2007.

Mr. James has also represented borrowers, underwriters, credit enhancers, trustees and other public finance participants; provided representation and consultation in public finance-related litigation; and participated in the legislative process affecting public finance by consulting on and drafting legislative proposals and testifying before legislative bodies. 

He has been a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers since its formation; has served as a panelist, panel chair and steering committee member for the annual Bond Attorneys Workshop on subjects including qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, student loan bonds and legal opinions; and has been invited to speak at a number of programs on issues related to state and local government finance.