Attorney Jim Barton leads TCLG’s legal team, advising the firm on a wide range of legal and policy matters from the application of state and federal prevailing wage laws, to Freedom of Information Act and public records request litigation, to effective execution of political action plans.
Before joining TCLG, Barton served as an Arizona assistant attorney general, representing the Secretary of State, Citizens Clean Election Commission and the Independent Redistricting Commission. Before serving the state, Barton worked as an associate attorney at the Phoenix law firm Perkins Coie Brown and Bain, focusing on political and construction law.
Early in his career, Barton clerked for Arizona Chief Justice Ruth McGregor. He earned his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Arts in physics and philosophy from Northwestern University. Barton also served as a Submarine Warfare Office on board U.S.S. Billfish (SSN 676) and was qualified as a Senior Reactor Operator by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
On a personal note, Jim and his wife, Pat, have two adult children – James and Kate. Jim is a member of Chalice Christian Church and enjoys talking politics and theology, watching Kevin Smith movies and travelling.