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. 

Scott Hergenroether, Senior Counsel

James E. Ledbetter

Founding Member


-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)


-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

Jim Ledbetter is the founding member of the Firm. Through his practice, he represents a number of mining interests, oil and gas producers, physicians, hospitals, insurers and long-term care facilities. Mr. Ledbetter and the firm also defend Tribal Nations and Governmental entities.

In recent years, Mr. Ledbetter has been retained as a mediator and also a consulting and testifying expert in matters involving the interpretation of insurance coverage, the defense of professional negligence claims and the resolution of intergovernmental disputes.

Mr. Ledbetter is also active within a number of community agencies throughout Northern Arizona. He was elected to the Mingus Union High School District Board in 2006 and he has served on the Boards of 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. Mr. Ledbetter was also a founding Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Cottonwood. He has served as a Board Member for United Way for Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley Fair Association 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, and the Old Town Mission.


With the Old Town Mission, Mr. Ledbetter 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.

Mr. Ledbetter 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, insurance coverage 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, Mr. Ledbetter 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.

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

Mr. Ledbetter was also appointed to Congressional health care advisory committees, which will seek to further review the application, implementation and impact of health care reform changes upon physicians and hospitals.

Jim is an Arizona native; born in Casa Grande and raised in Pinetop-Lakeside. He has been married to his wife, Rita, for over 30 years and together they have five sons. He and his family reside near Sedona and Cottonwood, Arizona, having made the Verde Valley their home.


Scott J. Hergenroether

Senior Counsel


-University of Arizona, J.D., 1987
Phelps Dodge Corporation Scholar

- University of Arizona, Political Science, B.A., 1984, Robert L. Nugent Award (Outstanding Senior Graduate)


-Supreme Court of Arizona

- U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

-9th Circuit Court of Appeals

- Navajo Nation Supreme Court

Scott Hergenroether is the Firm's Senior Counsel.  Mr. Hergenroether has practiced law in Arizona since 1987 as a civil litigation and trial attorney in state, federal, and tribal courts.  He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense, professional liability, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, and general civil litigation.  He has significant trial experience in medical malpractice and personal injury cases.  Mr. Hergenroether holds a preeminent- AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell national registry of preeminent lawyers, their highest rating for competency and ethics.  He has been listed annually for several consecutive years in Arizona’s Top Rated Lawyers and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.


Mr. Hergenroether is on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.  He is a former member of the Professional Liability Committee of the Defense Research Institute.  He previously served on the Board of San Francisco de Asis Catholic School in Flagstaff.  


Mr. Hergenroether received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 1984.  During his undergraduate years, he was a student lobbyist to the Arizona Board of Regents, and was elected Executive Vice President.  Upon graduation, he was honored to receive the Robert L. Nugent Award in recognition as the Outstanding Senior Graduate.  Throughout law school, Mr. Hergenroether was a Phelps Dodge Corporation Scholar, and served as Chief Justice of the University of Arizona Supreme Court.

Mr. Hergenroether has lived in Arizona since 1973. He has been married to Yolanda E. Garcia, Ph.D. for over 25 years. Dr. Garcia is an Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University.  Scott, Evie, and their two children have lived in Flagstaff since 2008.


Patricia A. Prekup

New Mexico Counsel


-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.
- Arizona State University, B.A.


- New Mexico

- 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
- 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Patricia Prekup serves as the Firm's New Mexico counsel.  Patricia moved to Arizona in 1962. She grew up in Phoenix, where she also raised her family. In late 1995, she moved to Southern California, spending seven years in Los Angeles before returning to Arizona. After graduating from law school, Patricia settled in New Mexico. She now resides in Cottonwood.


Mark A. Hanson


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

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


-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.


Jared R. Owens


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

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


-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.


Ryan P. Montoya


-University of Idaho, J.D.
- Northern Arizona University


-Supreme Court of Arizona

Ryan Montoya joins the Ledbetter Law Firm, after having clerked for the Firm in 2011.


During law school, Ryan clerked for the Idaho Court of Appeals and assisted the Idaho Supreme Court's Clerk with appellate research and statistics. During his clerkship, he worked alongside four of the Court of Appeals judges in preparing nine unpublished opinions and one published opinion. As a firm believer in learning through practice, Ryan participated in a work practice program offered through the law school. This program allowed Ryan to gain real world experience by working as an intern for Saint Alphonsus Health Systems in their General Counsel department.

Ryan was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. While attending Northern Arizona University, Ryan worked in the electrical trades and with a local general contractor. After obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Business Management and a Minor in Construction Management, he moved to Phoenix to join a commercial general contracting company. Ryan worked on numerous projects which included fire stations, a shooting range, jail renovation, and a fire training academy. After wearing many hats for the general contractor, Ryan decided to pursue a new skill and went to law school.

Ryan enjoys mountain biking and spends his free time exploring Northern Arizona's vast trails.


William J Macdonald


- University of Arizona  J.D., MPH
- Loyola University at Chicago


-Supreme Court of Arizona

-Navajo Nation Supreme Court

William Macdonald joined the Ledbetter Law Firm to bolster the healthcare, litigation and environmental practices. His years of legal experience have taught him the most successful approach to the practice is a client-centric focus. William takes great pride in finding innovative, winning and cost-effective solutions for the Firm’s Clients. 

Prior to coming to Arizona, William was a legal analyst at the tort firm, Cascino Vaughan in Chicago, Illinois, Providing strategic analysis in toxic tort litigation. Within a year, William was selected for a leadership position managing the settlements department. His success in Chicago has translated to his other academic and professional endeavors. 

Attending the University of Arizona, William was one of the few dual-degree graduates in his class, earning both a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health. He achieved another leadership position as the Senior Managing Editor of the Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. He is also a self-starter, creating a Master’s project conducting the Community Health Needs Assessment for Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow, Arizona.

William’s passion for the Verde Valley led him to write a thesis based on the legal and environmental issues facing the Verde River.

William has used his client-centered approach to successfully advocate for the Clients of University of Arizona’s labor law clinic. He argued in front of administrative law judges and successfully negotiated settlements on behalf of Clients. 

William enjoys competitive bike racing and is an avid camper. One of his favorite experiences is going on long road trips across the American wilderness. He and his wife Amy, are pleased and honored to call Cottonwood home.

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