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. During this time, Mr. Palestini mentored other students, played competitive soccer and worked over 40 hours a week while still managing to graduate Magna Cum Laude.
Mr. Palestini chose to remain in Arizona and attend the Phoenix School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. While in law school, Mr. Palestini founded the Health & Wellness Club, served as Secretary of the Christian Legal Society, and served as an elected Student Delegate for the Student Bar Association. While at law school, Mr. Palestini was employed as a legal intern in a strictly criminal based Scottsdale law firm handling a multitude of criminal cases including criminal traffic matters.
Following his internship, Mr. Palestini was licensed and immediately hired as an attorney at the Scottsdale firm where he continued to practice for over a year. During this time, Mr. Palestini gained valuable experience in the area of criminal defense and has conducted over 250 trials since he was licensed. Most recently, Mr. Palestini accepted a position with the law firm of Kimerer & Derrick, P.C. and practices mainly in the area of criminal defense.
Mr. Palestini 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 Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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