White Collar Compliance and Criminal Defense

Jim has represented current and former public officials in wide-ranging federal criminal investigations and has defended numerous clients against federal criminal actions, including against allegations of various types of theft, fraud and conspiracy. Jim has also defended companies accused of violating various state and federal securities laws.

Representative Matters:

  • Represented a global bank in connection with regulatory inquiries and investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General's Office, the Financial Services Authority (United Kingdom) and the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (Luxembourg), relating to the Bernard Madoff scandal.
  • Represented an entertainment technology company in a federal class action lawsuit, Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and Ontario Securities Commission investigation, involving allegations of accounting fraud relating to revenue recognition. Oversaw review and production of more than 500,000 pages of documents, prepared key witnesses for depositions and served as primary author for all filings.
  • Defended a former public official in a high-profile state criminal action alleging theft by deception, criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest.
  • Represented a former public official in connection with a New Jersey Office of the Inspector General review.
  • Represented a corporate executive in connection with an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office into allegations of bribery of public officials.
  • Defended the former president of a charter school in a federal criminal action alleging wire fraud, bank fraud, theft from a federally funded program and conspiracy. Joined the legal team in the trial’s sentencing phase and argued successfully for a sentence that was significantly less than prescribed by federal sentencing guidelines.