James graduated from the University of Denver College of Law and was admitted to practice law in Colorado in 2004. James spent his first year as a licensed attorney studying for his Master of Laws in Estate, Gift and Transfer Tax at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida.
After completing his Master of Laws (LL.M,), James moved back to Colorado to practice as an estate planning and probate attorney. After two years of practice in Colorado focusing primarily in the areas of estate planning and probate he moved back to Florida. James continued his practice and expanded his areas of expertise to include criminal defense, real estate, commercial litigation, probate litigation, contested guardianship and conservatorship, and Medicaid planning.
Throughout his legal career, James has worked at all different types and size firms including at Blank Rome, LLP as lead counsel during the foreclosure crisis in Florida. James ended his practice in Florida with a boutique real estate law firm where he gained valuable experience as a commercial litigator and complex real estate and probate matter. In addition, James provided estate planning strategies for individuals, married couples and small family-owned businesses.
After practicing in Florida for 12 years, James moved back to Colorado and began his practice in the areas probate litigation, guardianship/conservatorship, Trust Administration, Medicaid planning and estate planning in the Denver area. After working at a large firm James decided to transition into a solo practice to focus on very specific clients and their estate planning and probate needs.
In March of 2020, James joined Robinson & Henry, P.C. where he built the probate litigation practice for the firm. In August 2021 while working at R&H James was selected as Best Lawyer 2022.
James left R&H and joins Heckenbach Law P.C as a Senior Associate who will be primarily handling all probate and trust matters, probate litigation, estate planning, guardianship and conservatorship matters, and Medicaid Planning for the firm.
James will continue to practice primarily in the area of probate litigation which includes contested common law marriage claims, will contests, elective share claims, breach of fiduciary duty, adjudication of intestacy, equitable adoption claims, contested and non-contested guardianship and conservatorship. Additionally, James will be offering estate planning strategies and succession planning for individuals, married couples and small family-owned business.
As a trial lawyer James has gained valuable experience and knowledge which he applies to his practice. This experience gives James the necessary skill needed to resolve complex legal issues and resolve them in an cost-effective and short time.
Areas of Practice
Wills / Probate / Estate
- Uncontested Probate
- Contested Probate
- Uncontested Guardianship
- Contested Guardianship
- Uncontested Conservatorship
- Estate Planning
- Trust Administration
- Medicaid Planning / Special Needs Planning
- Marital Prenuptial Agreements
- Marital Postnuptial Agreements
- State of Colorado (2004)
- State of Florida (2005)
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Colorado Bar Association (member)
- Denver Bar Association (member)
Honors & Awards
- Recognized as a Best Lawyer in America 2022
- University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL [LL.M – 2005]
- Honors: Recipient of Scholarship
- University of Denver College of Law, Denver, CO [J.D – 2004]
- University of Colorado, Boulder, CO [B.S – 2001]
- Major: Finance