James “Jim” Cross moved to the Phoenix area in 1980 after honorably serving his country as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force and Ohio Air National Guard.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from The Ohio State University in 1980, graduating cum laude; and his Juris Doctorate from the Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in May, 1983.
Later that year he was admitted to the practice of law in the state of Arizona. Jim was admitted to the state bar of Texas in 1989.
Jim is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Since 1989, Jim has been certified as a Specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization.
Jim has practiced bankruptcy law at several successful law firms in Phoenix. He has represented debtors, creditors, committees (equity and unsecured), trustees, asset purchasers, and virtually every other party appearing in bankruptcy proceedings.
Jim has also served as a court appointed examiner, trustee and mediator. Jim holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell in the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency practice, has been repeatedly recognized among the Best Law Firms in America by U.S. News and World Report, and has been nominated by his peers in SuperLawyers Magazine for the past several years.
For the past thirty years, he has appeared in nearly all of the valley’s high profile bankruptcies including America West Airlines, Circle K Corporation, the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club, Mortgages, Ltd., Danny’s Family Car Wash, Inc. and Bashas’, Inc.