J. Scott Rhodes

J. Scott Rhodes


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC

Recognized since 2009

Phoenix, Arizona

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law

Arbitration

Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

Litigation - Municipal

Mediation

Municipal Law

Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
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Mr. Rhodes has an extensive background in legal ethics. He regularly advises attorneys and law firms in matters relating to State Bar complaints, fee disputes, disciplinary matters, bar admission, and other licensing, ethics, and professional responsibility issues. In addition, Mr. Rhodes previously served as the Firm’s General Counsel from May 2015 to January 2021 and held the position of Managing Attorney from December 2009 to May 2015.

The Best Lawyers in America© named Mr. Rhodes Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law in 2013, 2018, and 2020, and 2022; Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Municipal in 2021; Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants in 2019; Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for Administrative Law in 2011. Mr. Rhodes is also AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale Hubbell® and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the categories of Administrative/Regulatory Law, Arbitration, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility Law, Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants, Litigation-Municipal, Mediation, and Municipal Law from 2009 through 2022. He was also named in Southwest Super Lawyers® in the categories of Administrative Law, and Politics in 2007, and in the categories of Professional Liability: Defense; State, Local & Municipal Law; and Utilities Law in from 2011 through 2019. The State Bar of Arizona selected Mr. Rhodes for the 2010 Member of the Year Award.

Mr. Rhodes also practices in the areas of commercial litigation, local government law, and professional corporate governance and structure.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Rhodes served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert Corcoran and the Honorable Charles E. Jones, Arizona Supreme Court, from 1995 through 1996. Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Rhodes operated his own business in Paris, France for nine years.

Location

  • One East Washington Street, Suite 1900
    Phoenix, AZ 85004-2554

Languages

  • French

Education

  • Yale University, B.A., graduated 1980
  • Arizona State University , J.D., graduated 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1995

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member, Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Arizona Supreme Court - Member, Attorney Discipline Task Force (2009 - 2010)
  • Arizona Supreme Court - Member, Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee (2011 - present)
  • Law Firm Alliance - Member, Board of Directors (2014 - 2018)
  • Mesa Judicial Advisory Board - Chairman (2009 - 2010)
  • Mesa Judicial Advisory Board - Member (2007 - 2010)
  • State Bar of Arizona - Chair, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2009 - 2011)
  • State Bar of Arizona - Member, Ethics Committee (2002 - 2014)
  • State Bar of Arizona - Member, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2002 - 2014)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona (2000)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

State Clerkships

  • Arizona - Supreme Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Municipal Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Administrative / Regulatory Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Phoenix (2023)
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Phoenix (2022)
  • Litigation - Municipal, Phoenix (2021)
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Phoenix (2020)
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Phoenix (2019)
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Phoenix (2018)
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Phoenix (2013)
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law, Phoenix (2011)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Municipal Law
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Special Focus

  • Appellate
  • Energy
  • Lawyer Ethics
  • Professional Ethics and Responsibility
  • Regulatory
  • Utilities

Awards:

  • AV PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated
  • Chevalier de l'Ordre Merite National (Knight of the Order of national Merit, Republic of France)
  • State Bar of Arizona Member of the Year 2010
  • Selected, Volunteer of the Month, State Bar of Arizona CLE Department (February 2019)
  • Arizona State Law Journal, John S. Lancy Distinguished Alumni Award (2018)
  • Listed, Southwest Super Lawyers® in the categories of Administrative Law, and Politics (2007), Professional Liability: Defense; State, Local & Municipal Law; and Utilities Law (2011 – 2019)

"J. Scott Rhodes is extremely disciplined and well thought in his approach to disposition necessities and resolutions."

"Scott Rhodes exhibits the highest standard of professionalism of anyone I have worked with. His thoughtfulness and diligence on all matters of concern raises the bar for any serious professional to obtain."

- Bryan Hill (Page Electric Utility)

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