James Ahlers

VP of Global Affairs & General Counsel, Molera Alvarez, LLC

James joined Molera Alvarez LLC as General Counsel in 2014, following six years of practice as a commercial litigator at Perkins Coie LLP. In addition to serving as in-house counsel, James manages the firm’s role as Mexico Trade Representative for the City of Phoenix. Molera Alvarez’s trade development services include planning and executing inbound and outbound diplomatic and trade missions with Mexico, facilitating export readiness training, business-to-business matchmaking, and analysis of supply chain and distribution opportunities.

James graduated from Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School in 2008 with joint Juris Doctor/Master of Public Policy degrees, with a focus on negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. James’ broad legal experience encompasses complex business disputes, political law, land use, and media law, at both the trial and appellate levels. James has authored numerous briefs on constitutional and election law issues before the United States Supreme Court and federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and has drafted and reviewed state legislation relating to election law. James is proud to have served as pro bono counsel on numerous civil rights and immigration matters.

Before starting his legal career, James had distinguished careers in journalism and state government. James served former Governor Jane Dee Hull as a Mexico policy analyst and Press Secretary, and former Governor Janet Napolitano as Director of Communications for the Arizona Office of Tourism. As a journalist, James earned multiple awards for his work as a business reporter at The East Valley Tribune after moving to Phoenix in 1998, following several years covering international business and politics in Santiago, Chile.

James is a native of Dayton, Ohio, and a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife and two sons.

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