James E Barton II


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401 W BASELINE RD STE 205, Tempe, Arizona, 85283-5350




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: Yes  

Admitted to Practice Law: 2005

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: October 25, 2005

Other Language(s): None


Attorney Jim Barton advises BMS’s clients on campaign finance law compliance, as well as other areas of political and government relations law. He also represents unions and individuals in labor and employment matters, including wage and hour issues, employee grievances, jurisdictional disputes and organizing matters.

Before opening BMS, Jim served as an Arizona assistant attorney general, representing the secretary of state, Citizens Clean Election Commission and the Independent Redistricting Commission. His work was instrumental in drafting attorney general opinions involving campaign finance.

He has litigated high-profile court cases that impacted the fundamentals of state political law. For example, during the U.S. Supreme Court battle that challenged Arizona’s Clean Elections Act, Barton served as counsel of record for the state, developing the state’s briefs and preparing arguing counsel.

While representing the secretary of state, Barton successfully moved to dismiss the suit challenging Sen. Russell Pearce’s recall election and successfully defended the decision against a challenge before the Arizona Supreme Court.

Barton has investigated allegations of campaign finance law violations and advised state agencies on laws regarding public records, open meetings, and conflicts of interest regarding public employees. He has also enforced compliance with court orders and findings related to campaign finance violations.

Before serving the state, Barton worked as an associate at the Phoenix law firm Perkins Coie Brown and Bain, focusing on political and construction law. While there, Barton successfully defended both candidates and initiative committees against challenges to their positions on the ballot. Early in his career, he clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor and worked in Phoenix’s federal public defender’s office.

Barton earned his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Arts in physics and philosophy from Northwestern University.

Barton was honored with the 2017 Community Luchador Award from Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) and the Arizona Center for Empowerment (ACE) for his dedication to social justice. The award recognizes his successful defense of The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act that guarantees employees a livable minimum wage.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Election, Campaigning and Political Law Campaign Ethics, Administrative Lobbying, Election Law, Election and Campaign Finance, Executive Lobbying, Voting Rights, Lobbying, Legislative Redistricting, Legislative Lobbying
Labor and Employment Affirmative Action, Age Discrimination in Employment, Agreements, Americans with Disabilities Act, Child Labor Law, Collective Bargaining, Confidentiality Agreements, Covenants Not To Compete, Employee Compensation, Employee Discipline, Employee Privacy, Employee Rights, Employer Intentional Torts, Employment Arbitration, Employment at Will, Employment Breach of Contract, Employment Civil Rights, Employment Contracts, Employment Disability Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Employment Mediation, Employment Rights, Employment Termination, Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Fair Employment Practices, Fair Labor Standards, Family and Medical Leave Act, Fringe Benefits, Harassment, Labor Arbitration, Labor Law, Labor Relations, Minimum Wage Law, National Labor Relations Act, Noncompete Litigation, Prevailing Wage Litigation, Retaliatory Discharge, Title VII Discrimination, Unemployment Compensation, Unfair Labor Practices, Union Contract Negotiations, Union Elections, Union Organization, Wage and Hour Class Actions, Wage and Hour Law, Whistleblower Litigation, Wrongful Termination


  • Arizona (Active)

Law School

  • Arizona State

  • Last Updated: January 23, 2021
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  • Tempe, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Free Consultations: No

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