James A. Fontano

Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada

James A. Fontano is a founding member of Heaton Fontano, Ltd. In a world where increasing specialization removes the personal connection from the attorney-client relationship, Jim is an old-school attorney that is concerned for his clients’ personal and professional needs.

About James A. Fontano

Equally comfortable in the courtroom and the boardroom, Jim can try a case to its final verdict or direct a commercial transaction through final signature.

After graduating from law school in 2002, Jim spent eighteen months serving as a law clerk for Judge Valerie Adair at the Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas. Before joining forces with Will Heaton to form Heaton Fontano, he worked in a boutique business-law firm focused on helping small to mid-size businesses in all areas of running a business. Since starting Heaton Fontano in 2017, Jim has focused on providing personal and professional legal services to a diverse clientele, including restaurants, commercial real estate investors and developers, personal service, tech, entertainment, retail, hospitality, medical, and varied other businesses. Jim’s clients appreciate his honesty and his determination to get to the bottom line.

Jim is not just a lawyer to his clients—he is their general counsel and strategic advisor, as well. They rely on him for the kind of unfiltered advice they might not otherwise get, even from their own management.

Education & Other Experience

Jim is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, where he served as an editor of the law review and a member of the trial advocacy team. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 2000.

Jim serves a member of the Board of Directors of James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas and has acted as a court-appointed arbitrator in more than two dozen cases since 2014.

Bar Admissions

Jim is admitted to practice law in all Nevada State courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, and the United States Supreme Court.