Scottsdale Real Estate Lawyer
James R. Nearhood has practiced law in the State of Arizona since 1976. He has been certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Real Estate Specialist since 1991. Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory lists Mr. Nearhood as “AV” rated and among the Top Rated Lawyers in Real Estate Law. Mr. Nearhood has also been recognized as one of the best real estate lawyers in Arizona by Super Lawyers®; Best Lawyers in America; Arizona’s Finest Lawyers (Phoenix Magazine); and Best Law Firms in Arizona (U.S. News). In 2012, Mr. Nearhood was honored with the University of Nebraska College of Law outstanding alumni award. Mr. Nearhood’s extensive legal experience includes the buying, selling, leasing and finance of real estate; the establishment of residential, commercial and mixed-use subdivisions; the leasing and development of Native American land; the sale, purchase and finance of business assets and stock interests; inter-business contractual agreements; construction documentation and dispute resolution; and business organizations. In addition to his transactional expertise, Mr. Nearhood regularly handles complex real property tax litigation before the Arizona Tax Court. Mr. Nearhood is a member of the American Bar Association (Real Property and Law Practice Sections), State Bar of Arizona (Real Property Section), and Maricopa County Bar Association.
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