James K. Mackie

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Jim Mackie represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including state and federal employment discrimination claims, harassment claims, wrongful discharge, retaliation, restrictive covenants, and wage claims.  While regularly providing advice to employer clients on a wide variety of employment matters and litigation avoidance, Mr. Mackie’s practice emphasizes litigation and appellate practice in state and federal courts, and practice before administrative agencies.  In that regard, Mr. Mackie is recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers in the areas of Employment Law, Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment Law, and was named by Best Lawyers as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Labor and Employment in Tucson.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Mackie was a partner with the Tucson office of a regional general practice firm, where he concentrated his efforts in employment litigation, employment counseling and general commercial litigation.  He has served as chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Arizona’s Employment and Labor Law Section, and as an Executive Council Member of the Tucson Division of the Federal Bar Association.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Mackie worked in various management positions with national, regional and local businesses, experience which he calls upon to work as a “business partner” with his clients, as well as a legal counselor to them.

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Mr. Mackie has substantial experience litigating and successfully defending employers – through motion practice, in various alternative dispute resolution forums, on appeal, and at trial, if necessary – in several state and federal courts across the Southwest.  This includes the defense of claims arising under the federal Civil Rights Act (including Title VII and §1981), state civil rights laws, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), state and federal wage and hour laws, and state contract laws and employment torts.

Mr. Mackie also has considerable experience in representing clients in business matters, including complex commercial litigation and advising clients with respect to litigation avoidance and loss control.

Some highlights of Mr. Mackie’s career – in addition to numerous other summary judgments, summary dismissals and early resolutions in favor of firm clients – include the following:


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Arizona (1990)
    • Employment and Labor Law Section (Executive Council – Chair, 1997-1998; Chair-Elect, 1996-1997; Treasurer, 1995-1996; Secretary, 1994-1995)
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section; Labor and Employment Law Section; Tort and Insurance Practice Section)
  • Federal Bar Association, Tucson Division (Executive Council Member, 2001-2003)
  • Pima County Bar Association


Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year Award Badge

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