During his time in Chicago, James worked as a paralegal for the acting Chapter 13 Trustee, Marilyn O. Marshall. James worked with the Chapter 13 Trustee when the Great Recession was beginning to hit, which afforded him unique insight into what was happening to real people on the front lines of the crisis.
Since becoming licensed in Nevada, James started practicing law with his Father, Terry V. Leavitt in October of 2012 at the firm Graves and Leavitt, prior to forming his current practice, Leavitt Legal Services, P.C. His bankruptcy work focuses on complex bankruptcy issues in both consumer and business contexts including Adversary proceedings and Chapter 11, Chapter 7, and Chapter 13 cases. Legal Aid of Southern Nevada also recognized James as a volunteer attorney during the month of July of 2014 due to his help in pro bono cases.
James has served on the executive committee of the Bankruptcy section of the State Bar Association of Nevada from 2013 to 2015, acting at various times as both Secretary and Treasurer. James is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). Currently, James is serving on the executive board of the Southern Nevada Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys (SNABA) as well as current board liaison to the new lawyers board committee. He is also currently serving as a member of the Southern Nevada Attorney Disciplinary Panel and previously was Chairman of the New Lawyers Committee of the Clark County Bar Association (CCBA). Recently, he was honored by the senior law program for his pro-bono work and awarded CCBA board member of the year, 2021.