About James Plitz

Partner, Attorney at Law
James Plitz (“Jim”) was born and raised in central New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the College of New Jersey, and attained his Masters in Business Administration from Lehigh University.

For the next 10 years, Jim worked as a project manager for a number of fortune 100 companies. Despite his success in this area, Jim felt unfulfilled and wanted a profession where he could make a difference.

This desire led him to move to Arizona to pursue a career in law.

Education

Jim graduated magna cum laude and at the top of his class with his Juris Doctorate from the Phoenix School of Law, and attained the 2nd highest score on the February 2011 Arizona bar exam. He then passed the July 2011 bar exam in New Mexico. During school, he also enjoyed great success and honors as part of the Phoenix Law Review – both as an editor and a contributing writer.

Professional Experience

Jim has been with MH since 2009, and in 2016 was made a partner at the firm.  He has enjoyed his tenure with Morris Hall; helping in their endeavors to protect the estates of each client, providing them with the peace of mind they deserve. Jim feels that everyone should have justice, and thus intends to volunteer his services for various pro bono endeavors – ensuring that justice is possible even for those who cannot afford legal services. He also volunteers his time and provides resources to support dog rescue and adoption with the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.   Jim has provided education to many organizations around New Mexico, teaching the importance of proper estate planning and recently has co-authored two books: Don't Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Tax-Free Money for Long-Term Care.  

Personal

Jim also stays active in the communities he serves.  He volunteers his time with the Placitas Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization, is a charter member of Men Go Red NM, a part of the American Heart Association, and a member of the Santa Fe Rotary Club.  He also provides resources and assistance to animal rescue and adoption.

Jim enjoys listening to all genres of music and is learning to play the piano and guitar.  He is an avid fan of all sports, but truly enjoys soccer and is a member of a local team.  

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Brief Summary

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Pet Trusts
  • Charitable Giving
  • Probate
  • Trust Administration
 

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2011
  • New Mexico, 2011

Education

  • Phoenix School of Law, Phoenix, Arizona
    • Juris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude) – 2010
  • Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
    • M.B.A. – 2004
    • Major: Finance
    • Major: Entrepreneurialism
  • The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey
    • B.S. – 1996
    • Major: Accounting

Classes/Seminars

  • Guest Speaker - Annual Before I Die NM Festival
  • Basic Estate Planning, 2007 – Present
  • What Happens When You Die? What Your Trust Can Do For You., 2007 – Present

Published Works

  • Don't Go Broke in a Nursing Home - NM, Book, 2018
  • Tax-Free Money for Long-Term Care - NM, Book, 2018
  • Manage What Matters: Project Management Tools to Grow a Legal Practice, Phoenix Law Review, 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Managing Editor, Phoenix Law Review Vol IV
  • Strategic Operations Editor, Phoenix Law Review Vol III
  • Governor Raul Castro Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 2010 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, 2011 – Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, 2011 – Present
  • Maricopa County Bar of Arizona, 2010 – Present
  • American Bar Association, 2011 – Present
  • Inn of Courts, Lorna Lockwood, 2009 – Present
  • State Bar of New Mexico, 2011 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Scottsdale Prosecutor’s Office
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • Prudential Financial

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