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For almost twenty years, the Ledbetter Law Firm has served a diverse client base that includes businesses, insurance companies, healthcare providers, and individuals.  Recognized as highly-skilled, experienced attorneys, the Ledbetter Law Firm presents vigorous and focused representation on behalf of our clients.  We take the time to understand our clients’ goals and concerns.  We then work with clients on a strategy to resolve their matters.  We do whatever is necessary to optimize your position and reinforce the strength of your case.  From the beginning to the end of your case, you will work directly with an experienced attorney who will oversee your case and who will handle every aspect from interviews and motions to depositions and trial.  

 

Our attorneys are engaged in a broad range of community, civic and industry-related activities, dedicating their time and services to numerous non-profit and charitable organizations.  Our unique approach sets us apart in the legal industry.  When you need a tough and capable legal advocate, choose a respected lawyer from the Ledbetter Law Firm, P.L.C.  We know how to protect our clients’ rights and interests, and we do so aggressively, ethically, and efficiently. 

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James E. Ledbetter

Founding Member

Education

-Arizona State University College of Law,
J.D., 1989, William Pedrick Scholar

-Grand Canyon College, History & Speech, B.A., 1983, Ray-Maben Scholar, the school's highest academic honor (summa cum laude)

Admissions

-Supreme Court of Arizona, 1989

- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1989

-U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1993

-U.S. Supreme Court, 1993

-Alaska, 2013

-Utah, 2014

-Colorado River Indian Community, 1993

-Hualapai Tribal Court, 1995

-White Mountain Apache Court, 1993

-Navajo Nation, 1992

-Hopi Tribal Court, 1995

-Yavapai-Apache Tribal Court, 2006

James Ledbetter is the founding member of the Ledbetter Law Firm, PLC. Through his practice, Jim serves and has served as general counsel to hospitals and mental healthcare facilities.  He is a thirty year risk management consultant, recognized by large insurers as a “go to” person for redesigning healthcare risk management programs.  Jim and his firm have saved hospitals tens of millions of dollars in annual premiums, while delivering elevated patient safety.

Jim also represents a number of mining interests, including oil and gas producers, and professionals such as physicians and nurses.  

Jim strongly believes that a key to a community’s success is its ability to deliver care to those most in need.  Jim’s career has been devoted to supporting education, healthcare and social services in the communities he and his family have called home.  He is honored to be serving as a founding member of the Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition, as mental health needs have touched so many families throughout Arizona.  

 

Jim is active within a number of community agencies throughout Arizona. He was elected to the Mingus Union High School District Board in 2006, where he served for twelve years, and he has served on the Boards of the Arizona Hospital Association, Northern Arizona Healthcare, the Verde Valley Medical Center, Flagstaff Medical Center and Sedona Medical Center. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Verde Valley and Sedona Medical Centers, and has and continues to serve on hospital foundation boards.  He is honored to have recently joined the Copper Queen Community Hospital Foundation Board.

 

Jim was also a founding Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Central Cottonwood. He has served as a Board Member for United Way for Northern Arizona and has provided volunteer legal services to a number of agencies, including the Sedona Center for the Arts, the Women's Sanctuary of Cottonwood, Jazz On The Rocks, the Old Town Mission and multiple animal rescue organizations.

With the Old Town Mission, Jim established a pro bono legal clinic which has run for decades, and he obtained certification and worked to secure State and Federal licensures to operate a free medical clinic for the homeless and working poor.

Jim has been appointed by Arizona Governors to serve on education, liability and healthcare task forces. He is also a frequent lecturer for Bar organizations on the topics of healthcare law, ethics, corporate governance and tort reform.

As a result of his appointment by former Arizona Governor Napolitano to the Board of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Controls and his subsequent election as its Chairman, Jim obtained first-hand experience in operations of large State agencies, as well as the litigation of administrative appeals. He applies this experience to the Firm's administrative adjudication practice, particularly as to claims brought against licensed professionals.

Jim has also published articles in the area of hospital-liability law, serves as a lecturer for healthcare organizations and has served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

Jim has also been appointed to Congressional health care advisory committees, which reviewed the application, implementation and impact of healthcare reform on physicians and hospitals. 

Jim is also recognized by his colleagues and has been selected as one of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, one of the top two hundred lawyers in all disciplines in the State.

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Mark A. Hanson

Education

-Arizona State University
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, J.D. (2006)

-Northern Arizona University, B.A. History (2003)

Admissions

-Arizona Supreme Court
-United States District Court - District of Arizona
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of Arizona

-Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

- Navajo Nation Supreme Court

- Hualapai Tribal Courts

Raised on a dirt ranch between Wickenburg and Nothing, Mark Hanson's small-town roots ingrained the value of hard work, straight talk, and personal service.  

 

Mark’s focus is on building meaningful, long-term relationships with his clients.  Mark partners with clients to formulate winning strategies and assist them in reaching solid business decisions.   Whether in the courtroom or in the boardroom, Mark’s goal is the same:  to protect clients and see them prosper. He measures success by the relationships he forges and the results he delivers.

 

Construction Law: With a background in construction, Mark represents Arizona contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, and project owners in complex construction law disputes in Arizona courtrooms and before the Registrar of Contractors.  Mark’s focus is to help keep clients out of legal trouble with effective contracts and practical legal advice.  When some projects inevitably go south, Mark is ready to help.  Mark is knowledgeable on construction lien law, the Prompt Pay Act, and the best way to ensure that payment rights are protected.  With over a dozen years of experience, Mark has solved problems and won cases on projects ranging in size from University of Phoenix Stadium and Intel plants down to smaller – but no less important – home renovation projects.  

 

Civil Litigation:  An effective courtroom advocate, Mark won three multi-million-dollar cases before the age of thirty-five. These included cases against the world’s largest hotel company and two international law firms. Mark has since taken on some of the nation’s largest banks, its largest pool builder, and prevailed at trial on a multi-million dollar dispute over commercial real estate.  

 

Education Law.  A graduate of Mingus Union High School, Mark maintains a keen interest in education. For ten years, Mark served one of Arizona’s largest universities in regulatory compliance and a broad range of other legal matters, including its litigation needs. 

 

Mark is also experienced in several niche areas, including public-private partnerships, hotel security, and superintendent of streets deeds.  

 

Outside the office, Mark is an avid adventure photographer.  In 2017, Mark hiked Havasupai in 107º heat.  He started 2018 by spending 3 days in a snow cave in -14º weather in the North Cascades. This makes Mark’s kids suspicious whenever he announces a family vacation.  When he is not in the office, Mark can be found with his four kids, or chasing light.

 
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Jared R. Owens

Education

-The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2009

-McNeese State University, B.A., 2006, magna cum laude

Admissions

-Supreme Court of Arizona
- Supreme Court of Nevada

- United States District Court - District of Nevada

Jared joins the firm having previously practiced at Hutchison & Steffen, one of the largest law firms in Las Vegas, Nevada. While there, he practiced primarily in the areas of business law and commercial litigation, and insurance defense, and was selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star, a recognition afforded to approximately 2.5 percent of attorneys in Nevada. He has experience representing small and large businesses, insurers, and individuals in a wide variety of legal matters. He also has extensive experience with the judiciary, having worked for both state and federal court judges.

During law school, Jared was an Associate Editor for the Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal and received recognition from the Internal Revenue Service for his work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Jared was an intern for a United States Congressman.

Jared was raised in Heber, Arizona, as the third of six children. He has lived in California, Louisiana, Ohio, and Nevada, but is happy to call Arizona home. In his free time, Jared enjoys spending time with his wife and children, being outdoors, and serving in his church. He also enjoys politics, traveling, and watching college sports.

 
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Don C. Stevens

Education

-University of Arizona College of Law

-University of Arizona (High Distinction)

Admissions

- Supreme Court of the United States

- 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

- United States District Court, District of Arizona

- Supreme Court of Arizona

Don Stevens has litigated civil cases for decades in both state and federal courts.  His experience includes jury trials for accidents, construction defects, environmental matters, medical malpractice and commercial litigation.  He has been AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for 25 years.

Don served in the United States Air Force during wartime.  He received his undergraduate education from the University of Arizona, graduating with High Distinction in three years.  He received his legal education at the University of Arizona College of Law.

Don’s experience includes serving as chair of the State Bar of Arizona’s Trial Practice Section, and he has been a Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.  He is a frequent presenter for CLE programs sponsored by the State Bar of Arizona on all aspects of trial practice.  

 

Don has also had advanced mediation training, including two intensive annual programs presented by the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, located at Pepperdine University.  Don has successfully mediated a wide variety of liability matters from traffic accidents to construction defect litigation, civil rights, employment discrimination, and complex partnership dissolutions.  

 

The attorneys and staff of the Ledbetter Law Firm are pleased that Don has joined the Firm to provide continued, excellent representation to our clients.