James Hankey was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1995, after graduating
from the prestigious Washington & Lee University School of Law, in
Lexington, Virginia. Hankey was hired as an associate at a large criminal
defense firm where he gained the majority of his experience with criminal
cases over the next twenty years. As an associate at Florence Jim has
handled thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases.
Hankey was raised in the Valley of the Sun, but traveled the United States for a couple of decades after high school, before settling again in Phoenix. He graduated in 1986 from Murray State University with a degree in communications, after which he served as News Director of National Public Radio affiliate KTPR-FM, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. A few years later, Hankey moved to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and became a news and feature reporter and weekend editor of the Daily News-Record, in Harrisonburg, VA. Hankey also served a four-year tour of duty in the United States Air Force, and during his last few months of service, also worked part-time as a singing messenger in Spokane, Washington.
Hankey knew, even in law school, that he ultimately would become a criminal defense lawyer. Siding with the individual against a government prosecution is the most important service a lawyer can provide. Not only is the individual client assisted, but the constitutional guarantees of due process are also thereby protected for everyone.