James M. Stipe

James M. Stipe

Shareholder— Joined Burch & Cracchiolo in 1992

James Stipe is an AV rated AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 peer review rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell who joined Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. in 1992. Jim practices in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Insurance Defense/Personal Injury Litigation and Indian Gaming Law.  He has represented clients in cases involving a wide diversity of claims including breach of contract, fraud, wrongful death, ambulance CON statutes, medical malpractice, and insurance bad faith, which gives him a broad base of experience.  In the gaming arena, Jim represents regulators in litigation and negotiations relating to Tribal/State Gaming compacts, and has counseled gaming vendors and tribal governments. Jim is the past Chair of the Indian Law Section of the State Bar or Arizona.

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Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent – Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
Phoenix Magazine Top Lawyer - 2023
Super Lawyers - 2024

Professional Leadership

Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County, Superior Court 2003-2008

Past Chair, Indian Gaming Law Section, State Bar of Arizona

Honors & Awards

Selected, Southwest Super Lawyers, Business, Litigation, 2024
Selected, Phoenix Magazine, Top Lawyers, Tribal Law, 2022, 2023

Ranked AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5* by Martindale Hubbell
*AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Arizona

  • Indian Gaming Law Section

Colorado Bar Association


J.D., University of Southern California, 1992
B.A., with honors, Northern Arizona University, 1988

Admitted In

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Arizona

Community Involvement

Board Member, Arizona Hockey Association

State Council President, Trout Unlimited

Member, Western Conservation Foundation

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