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Ms. James practices primarily in the areas of white collar criminal defense, government investigations and complex civil litigation.
Ms. James has represented individuals and corporations in investigations and proceedings conducted by numerous federal and state agencies, including the United States Department of Justice, the SEC, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She has handled a broad range of criminal and regulatory matters, including cases involving allegations of insider trading, market manipulation, public corruption, bid-rigging and tax fraud.
Ms. James has conducted corporate internal investigations and has represented officers and directors in connection with such investigations. In addition, she has provided counsel to audit committees and special litigation committees on compliance matters and has represented clients in securities class actions, derivative suits, civil RICO cases and complex business disputes.
From 1999 to 2003, Ms. James served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, representing the United States as lead counsel in a wide variety of federal criminal cases – including numerous jury trials – involving securities fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, international narcotics trafficking, racketeering and violent offenses. She also argued numerous appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Ms. James was an Assistant Visiting Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she taught courses on criminal law and conducted extensive research on federal sentencing issues.