Originally from Toronto, Canada, James Palestini relocated to Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies with a minor in Criminology from Arizona State University. James then attended law school at Phoenix School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree. While pursuing his doctorate, James interned at a criminal defense firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. James handled a multitude of criminal cases there, including felony, misdemeanor and criminal traffic matters.

Following his internship, James was licensed and immediately hired as an attorney at the Scottsdale firm where he practiced for over a year. James then accepted a position with acclaimed boutique criminal defense firm, Kimerer & Derrick, PLC where he worked alongside world renowned attorneys – most notably known for their work establishing America’s Miranda Rights in U.S. v. Miranda. During his 7 years at the firm, James gained notoriety for expertly handling complex felony and misdemeanor cases while maintaining compassionate and genuine client-attorney relationships.

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James Palestini - Criminal Defense Lawyer

James P. Palestini

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Areas of Practice

Property Crimes

  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Larceny

Personal Crimes

  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Disorderly conduct

Statutory Crimes

  • Criminal traffic
  • Open container violations
  • Public intoxication

Trial Lawyer

  • Misdemeanor lawyer
  • Felony lawyer
  • Other criminal matters


Avvo Client's Choice Award


Super Lawyers Rising Star Award


Lead Counsel Rated Award


US News 2018 Best Law Firm Award


National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 Award



Educational Institution Degree
Arizona Forensic
Science Academy
City of Phoenix AVL and GPS: The Undisclosed Witness
Arizona Attorneys
for Criminal Justice
Aggressive Defense
of the Accused Impaired Driver
State Bar of Arizona Course on Professionalism
Phoenix School of Law Juris Doctor
Pro Bono Award
Arizona Attorneys
for Criminal Justice
2012 DUI Update
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science (BS)
Summa Cum Laude


James has continued his practice with his own firm, Palestini Law, PLC, located in Central Phoenix, and provides high level criminal defense services to his clients. James has 8 years of criminal defense experience and has conducted over 300 trials. He has been awarded by the legal community for his expertise with the Rising Star Award for the last 4 consecutive years, and the AVVO Client Choice Award for the last 5 consecutive years. Clients recognize James for his personable and caring demeanor as well as the detailed attention he pays to each of his cases.

James is admitted to practice law in the State of Arizona, the Federal District Court for the District of Arizona, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. James is a member of the Arizona Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Contact us for a free initial consultation at

(602) 663-7592