James defends corporations, financial institutions, and their executives in securities class actions and commercial disputes in state and federal court. He uses his experience and specialized knowledge of the securities laws and financial products to achieve early dismissal, defeat class certification, or negotiate within-coverage settlements of 1933 Act, 1934 Act, Blue Sky, and common law claims.
James also advises international clients from Europe, Japan, and the Middle East on how to achieve their U.S. business goals by identifying and addressing U.S. litigation and regulatory risk.
James was a shareholder at McGonigle, P.C., before the firm combined with Davis Wright Tremaine.
Financial products litigation
Complex commercial litigation
Executive Representations in Securities Litigation
Financial Institution Representations in Securities Litigation
Corporate Representations in Securities Litigation
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
J.D. and LL.M., International and Comparative Law, Duke University School of Law, 1999
M.Sc., International Relations, London School of Economics, 1997
A.B., History, Washington University in St. Louis, 1992,
magna cum laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
Memberships & Affiliations
- Former co-chair, Class Action and Structured Financial Products subcommittees of the Securities Litigation Committee, American Bar Association Litigation Section
- Past member, Securities Litigation Committee, New York City Bar Association
- Member, Securities Editorial Advisory Board, Law360, 2016