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James F. Kahn

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Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Kahn & Ahart PLLC / Bankruptcy Legal Center™
301 E Bethany Home Road, Suite C-195
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-266-1717
Fax: 602-266-2484
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009, 2012 - 2022
Licensed in Arizona Since: 1972
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Business, Bankruptcy: Consumer
Attorney Profile

James F. Kahn is the founder and managing attorney at Kahn & Ahart, PLLC – Bankruptcy Legal Center located in Phoenix, Arizona. He focuses his practice exclusively on bankruptcy matters, with an emphasis on small-business bankruptcy, personal bankruptcy, and creditors’ and debtors’ rights. 

Mr. Kahn is board-certified as a bankruptcy specialist by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. Knowing fully well that each case is unique, he provides customized services and personal attention to his clients. Aiming to make bankruptcy as painless as possible for his clients, he keeps them informed throughout every step of the legal process.

Mr. Kahn has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and management from the University of Detroit. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Wayne State University Law School. He also worked as an adjunct professor in the same law school. 

Active in the legal community, Mr. Kahn was the chairman of the Arizona State Bar Creditors’ and Debtors’ Rights Committee and chairman of the Bankruptcy section of the Arizona State Bar. Mr. Kahn also was a judge pro tem of the Superior Court of Arizona. He has been active in several committees and frequently lectures in seminars and continuing legal education forums about creditor and debtor rights. 

For his outstanding work in the legal field and for his high ethical standards and legal capability, Mr. Kahn is AV Preeminent* peer-review rated through Martindale-Hubbell. He also has a 10.0 rating on Avvo, along with several testimonials from satisfied clients and endorsements from peers. For his active involvement in pro bono work, Mr. Kahn was the recipient of the For Love of Justice pro bono award.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Bankruptcy: Business
  • 50%Bankruptcy: Consumer
Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009, 2012 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About James F. Kahn

First Admitted: 1972, Arizona

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Educational Background

  • University of Detroit, B.S. in Marketing and Management, 1968

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Phoenix School of Law 2007-2013
  • State Bar of Arizona - "Bankruptcy Ambushes Lurking in the Legal Jungle"; United Mercantile Agencies - “Bankruptcy and the Credit Manager”; CLE-Ops - “Collection Law in Arizona”;  State Bar of Arizona - “Professionalism”; Maricopa County Bar Association - "Managing Small Law Firms"; Western Region - Commercial Law League of America -  "Arizona Commercial Law Updates"; State Bar of Arizona - “Recent Changes to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure”; Lorman Education Services, Inc. - "Collection Law in Arizona"; Professional Education Systems, Inc. - "Fair Debt Collection Practices Act”; Maricopa County Bar Assn. - Volunteer lawyers Program - "A Training Workshop in Consumer Rights & Remedies".

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Bankruptcy Specialist, The Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of AZ, since 1988

Bar/Professional Activity

  • State Bar of Arizona: Member and Past Chairman, Bankruptcy Section, Judicial Liaison 2004-2005, Member and Past Chairman, Creditors' and Debtors' Rights Committee, Past Chairman, Legislative Subcommittee. Commercial Law League of America: Western Regional Members' Association: Member and Past Chairman, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section: Past-member of the Executive Council, Committee on Legal Specialization: Past Member


  • Mr Kahn was appointed Judge Pro-Tem by the Superior Court of AZ in 1995 and has served as a trial and mediation judge.
  • Southwest Super Lawyer for 2007-2015 by Thomson Reuters

Pro bono/Community Service

  • For Love of Justice Pro Bono Award. Jim regularly volunteers at the Financial Distress Clinic, Volunteer Lawyers Program, Community Legal Services, Maricopa County Bar Association, 2014
  • Service as Judge Pro-Tem for the Superior Court

Industry Groups

  • ABI
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Office Location for James F. Kahn

301 E Bethany Home Road
Suite C-195
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Phone: 602-266-1717

Fax: 602-266-2484

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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