James E. Brophy

Managing Shareholder

Legal Assistant: Lisa Gefroh


Jim is the firm’s Managing Shareholder and Executive Committee Chairman. He has been an attorney with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite since 1974 and previously served on the firm’s Executive Committee, led the Corporate Practice Group, and served as the firm’s Risk Management Shareholder.

Jim’s practice focuses on business transactions and legal compliance for for-profit and non-profit businesses. He also has experience with ERISA, executive employment agreements, executive compensation programs including supplemental executive retirement plans (top-hat plans), stock option programs, phantom stock plans, deferred-compensation plans, and long-term incentive performance plans. He also helps with the formation and licensing of insurance and reinsurance companies and banks and providing counseling concerning the regulation of banks and insurance companies.

In addition, Jim’s experience includes advice concerning Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) compliance for private and public companies. Jim also has counseled boards of directors for for-profit and non-profit entities, including private foundations, concerning fiduciary obligations, conflicts of interest, and tax compliance.

Jim has been recognized in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America®.


While in law school, Jim served as Articles Editor of the Arizona State Law Journal. Recent publications include:

  • "ARPA Provides for Full COBRA Premium Subsidies," Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Article, April 2021
  • "International Financial Reporting Standards," International Lawyers Network Publications, November 2007
  • "State Corporate Law Comparisons of Delaware, Arizona and Nevada," International Lawyers Network Publications, November 2007
  • Selected Tax Aspects of Real Estate Transactions
  • Fiduciary Responsibility Under ERISA—An Update
  • Plan Terminations and Conversions Under ERISA

Speaking Engagements

Jim is a frequent lecturer on various tax matters for the Arizona State Bar Continuing Education Programs. Other speaking engagements include:

  • "Affordable Care Act Update: What You Need to Know About The ACA Now," Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Seminar, March 2016
  • "Securities Aspects of Real Estate Syndication," Realty Seminar Institute
  • Phoenix Tax Workshop


  • American Bar Association
  • Arizona Town Hall
  • The Foundation for Senior Living, Vice Chairman
  • Phoenix Art Museum Men's Art Council, Past President and 1999 Cowboy Art Sale and Exhibit, Chairman
  • Phoenix Tax Workshop, past member Board of Directors
  • Western Art Associates
  • Western Pension and Benefits Conference, Phoenix Chapter, Past President


Jim has been recognized by Chambers USA and by Best Lawyers in America®. He is also named to the 2017 and 2021 editions of AZ Business Magazine's Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona.