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James P. Denvir III

Washington, DC

t: 202 895 7560
f: 202 237 6131
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University of Florida Law School, J.D., 1975; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Florida Law Review

Yale University, B.A., Political Science, 1972


District of Columbia and Florida

Jim Denvir's main practice area is complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, unfair competition and protection of trade secrets and intellectual property.

Mr. Denvir has served as lead counsel in a number of high profile cases, including as lead attorney for the United States Justice Department in its antitrust suit against AT&T which resulted in the break-up of the Bell System. Mr. Denvir represented Delta Air Lines in connection with its merger with Northwest Airlines and served as lead trial counsel for Genesco Inc. in its successful litigation against The Finish Line Inc. and UBS to obtain specific performance of a $1.5 billion merger agreement, one of the first of such cases to be tried in the wake of the credit crisis. Mr. Denvir has also served as lead or co-lead counsel in the successful defense of ADM in a suit brought by the Justice Department challenging its acquisition of corn wet milling assets from RJR Nabisco, in the defense a massive RICO and trade secret lawsuit brought by a Fortune 50 firm against a foreign competitor, in the defense of Northwest Airlines in a suit brought by the Justice Department challenging Northwest's stock ownership in Continental Airlines, and in the defense of Northwest in competitor lawsuits alleging monopolization and predatory pricing. Mr. Denvir has also successfully defended clients in several class actions involving antitrust and consumer protection claims. In addition to his extensive experience in litigating before state and federal courts, Mr. Denvir has successfully defended clients in numerous criminal and civil investigations, including antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission. He has also litigated and tried a large number of cases involving antitrust and regulatory matters before government agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Department of Energy and the Department of Transportation.

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

American Bar Association (Antitrust Section)

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BSF Leads Way in Milestone Case for Seed Industry on Behalf of DuPont (Winter 2010)

Firm Report: July 2008 (07.28.2008)

American Lawyer "Big Suits" Column Features BSF's $1.5 Billion Specific Performance Trial Verdict (March 1, 2008)

Firm Report: January 2008 (Vol. 3, Issue I) (01.22.2008)

N.Y. Times Reports on Fallout of BSF's Genesco Win (December 29, 2007, at B2)

BSF Wins Trial Requiring Completion of $1.5 Billion Acquisition (December 28, 2007, at A3)

BSF at the Center of UBS-Genesco-Finish Line Trial (December 19, 2007)

Genesco Lead Trial Counsel Jim Denvir Closes in Nashville Trial (December 19, 2007)

Firm Report: July/August 2007 (Vol. 2, Issue II) (08.22.2007)

Firm Report: November 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue III (11.01.2006)

Government Service

Chief, United States Department of Justice Trial Staff, United States v. AT&T, 1981-1984 Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, 1975-1981