James’ practice focuses on real estate, land use, and business law. Prior to joining Givens Pursley, he practiced at his family’s law firm, Mahan & Mahan, Attorneys at Law, where he focused on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) law, more commonly known as surrogacy and sperm/egg/embryo donation arrangements. He continues to grow and expand his ART practice at Givens Pursley focusing on working with surrogates and donors on their contract reviews.

James was raised in San Diego, California and spent 12 years in the United States Navy before going to law school. His wife and 4 kids are excited to be starting a new and permanent chapter of their lives here in the Treasure Valley.


  • MBA, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (2021)
  • J.D., Stanford Law School (2018)
  • M.Phil., Cambridge University (2009)
  • B.S., United States Naval Academy (2007)
  • B.A., University of Southern California (2006)


  • Arizona State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Maryland State Bar
  • Nevada State Bar
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Washington State Bar
  • Wyoming State Bar
  • U.S. District Courts for California
  • Associate, Mahan & Mahan, Attorneys at Law (2018-2021)
  • United States Navy (Submarine Officer / Economics Instructor)