James Ahlers, General Counsel & Vice President of Global Initiatives

James applies his multi-disciplinary experience as a practicing attorney, policy analyst, and bilingual communications professional to deliver straightforward solutions to complex problems.  The same dedication to client and community service that drove James’ work in state government and in the courtroom animates his work at Molera Alvarez.

Career Highlights

  • Mexico Trade Representative for the City of Phoenix
  • Commercial Litigator at Perkins Coie LLP in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Press Secretary and Mexico Policy Aide to Arizona Governor Jane Hull
  • Director of Communications, Arizona Office of Tourism, under Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano
  • Award-winning Journalist at The East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Arizona
  • Director of Spanish-English Translations, Link Professionals in Santiago, Chile

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Admitted to practice in Arizona, Arizona District Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Secretary, Executive Council of Arizona State Bar International Law Section
  • Board Member, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance
  • Member, Phoenix Art Museum Men’s Arts Council
  • Panel organizer, 2012 Media Law Resource Center Legal Frontiers in Digital Media Conference
  • Panelist on First Amendment issues, 2010 Southwest Arts Conference
  • Youth T-Ball and Soccer Coach, St. Francis Xavier Athletic Association
  • Past Board Member, Arizona Latino Media Association
  • Past Board Member, International School of Arizona


  • Harvard Law School/Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, JD/MPP 2008
  • Miami University, Oxford, OH, B.A. Journalism, summa cum laude, 1994

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