Remembering James Leather

James Leslie Leather (December 21, 1949-September 8, 2022)

Our dear Jim passed away last Thursday from complications from heart surgery. His Celebration of Life will be held this coming Thursday, September 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Arizona Broadway Theatre -7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382.

Jim Leather, 72, was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1949. He moved to Phoenix in 1957 and graduated from Alhambra High School in 1968. Jim attended Arizona State University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1972, and was a lifetime member of the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity. After serving as an artillery officer in the army, Jim returned to Arizona to attend the University of Arizona Law School, where he was a member if the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, graduating in 1977.

While he spent his first few years as an attorney with the California Growers Association, the majority of his career was devoted to Family Law. Jim had a philanthropic heart and volunteered with the Family Lawyers Assistance Project (FLAP) every month. In 2017, he was named one of the top 50 pro bono attorneys in Arizona. He also enjoyed mentoring young attorneys.

An avid baseball fan, Jim loved the Arizona Diamondbacks. He enjoyed golf, travel and time spent at his Forest Lakes cabin. His greatest loves, however, were his family and friends. Jim and his wife Carolyn were married in 2001. He reveled in the role of father to his stepdaughter, Ashleigh Phillips and his son Payton Leather. His grandchildren Beckett Alexander Rodriguez and Reagan Ruth Rodriguez brought him boundless joy. Jim was a loving brother and is survived by Ken Leather (Linda) and Jeff Leather (Denise).

A loving friend, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, Jim was always there for those who needed him. It is a bitter irony that his heart – always so expansive and strong – was also his kryptonite. Jim’s warm and generous heart will be sorely missed by the many who love him.

Leather Law Office - Family Law since 1977

The Leather Law Office was owned and operated by Mr. James Leather, and consisted of four staff members with 11+ years together. The firm established a strong reputation for being one of the top family law firms in Phoenix, AZ since 1977.