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James H. Patterson

Consulting Member

Education & Credentials


Pomona College

B.A., 1972
  • magna cum laude
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Arizona State University

J.D., 1975
  • cum laude
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award (Constitutional Law; Prof. William C. Canby)

Bar Admission

  • Arizona


  • Arizona Business Magazine
    • "Top 100 Lawyer in Arizona," 
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • "Recommended Lawyer," 
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Rating
  • American Lawyer Media
    • "Top Rated Lawyer," in Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2013
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Real Estate Law
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Real Estate Law, 2010-2024

Prominent Assignments

James Patterson has been certified as a specialist in real estate law by the State Bar of Arizona since 1986. His practice concentrates on matters relating to all aspects of real estate and financing, including:

Negotiating acquisitions and dispositions; drafting options, purchase contracts and escrow supplements; title review and negotiation with title insurers; preparation of closing documents, including notes, security instruments, assignments and collateral assignments, and deeds; preparation of co-ownership agreements, easements and cross-easements, licenses and covenants; and preparation of rolling option and master developer agreements;

Representation of private and institutional lenders, including national banks; preparation of a full range of loan and security documents; negotiation and documentation of workouts, modifications and restructurings; preparation of inter-creditor agreements; representation of clients as borrowers and preparation of consents, subordination agreements and opinions of counsel;

Representation of major retail developers in the negotiation and drafting of incentive agreements with municipalities, including statutory Government Property Lease Excise Tax (“GPLET”) leases;

Representation of municipalities in complex real estate transactions, negotiation and drafting of development, reimbursement and incentive agreements, and GPLET leases;

Extensive leasehold practice; preparation of gross, net and percentage leases for shopping centers, office buildings and medical plazas; preparation of ground leases for both ground-lessors and ground-lessees; representation of tenants in negotiations with landlords;

Representation of home-builders and developers, including preparation of CC&R’s (including VA and FHA compliance) and other contracts; preparation of commercial and residential condominium documents; general subdivision work and applications before the Arizona Department of Real Estate; representation of developers providing Section 42 housing;

Entity representation, including creation and maintenance of corporations; general, joint venture and limited partnerships; and limited liability companies; and

General commercial representation of clients and preparation of standard and non-standard agreements.

Clerk, Honorable William E. Eubank, Arizona Court of Appeals (1975-76)


Represented RED Development in negotiating and drafting development agreements and GPLET leases for the development of mixed-use projects on Block 22 and Block 23 in downtown Phoenix, one of the most significant downtown redevelopment projects in the State;

Represented the City of Mesa, Arizona, in connection with a development agreement and long-term facilities use agreement with the Chicago Cubs for its spring training facility;

Represented the City of Mesa, Arizona, in connection with the sale of 10,000 acres (originally acquired as a “water farm”) in Pinal County, Arizona;

Represented a private developer in connection with a $240 million public infrastructure reimbursement agreement with the City of Surprise, Arizona

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Arizona (Real Property Section)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court, State of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
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