Jim is a highly experienced litigator and trial lawyer, having successfully represented clients in numerous bet-the-company lawsuits, government investigations and other adversarial matters. 

He has successfully represented companies across a wide swath of industries, including airlines, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, biotech, footwear, automobiles, natural gas production and distribution, oil pipelines, solar energy and cloud computing and storage.

Jim began his career in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he served, inter alia, as co-lead trial lawyer in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline case and as lead trial attorney in U.S. v. AT&T, the lawsuit that broke up the Bell System.     

Jim was named an Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazer by the National Law Journal in 2017.

Since entering private practice, Jim has served as lead, or co-lead, trial attorney in numerous high visibility matters, including the following:

  • Lead counsel for Genesco in its successful trial to obtain specific performance of a $1.5 billion merger agreement, one of the first such cases to be tried in the wake of the credit crisis
  • Co-lead counsel for Delta Airlines in its merger with Northwest Airlines
  • Lead counsel for DuPont in several lawsuits, including lawsuit against a major competitor alleging theft of trade secrets and antitrust violations; successful defense of class actions in pharmaceutical, agriculture and chemical industries, and defense of government investigations
  • Co-lead trial counsel for ADM in successful defense of Justice Department challenge of ADM’s acquisition of corn wet milling assets for RJR Nabisco
  • Lead or co-lead counsel for Northwest Airlines in successful defense of numerous class actions and competitor lawsuits, as well Justice Department challenge to Northwest’s acquisition of voting control of Continental Airlines, settled on highly favorable terms after commencement of trial
  • Lead counsel for Volkswagen in defense of massive trade secret claims brought by General Motors after GM’s purchasing head defected to Volkswagen
  • Lead counsel for Tenneco (Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.) in FERC trial resulting in recovery of over 90 percent of $1 billion in gas supply realignment costs at issue
  • Co-lead counsel for El Paso Natural Gas in several lawsuits alleging breach of gas supply contracts 

  • University of Florida Law School, J.D.; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Florida Law Review
  • Yale University, B.A., Political Science

Bars

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida

American Bar Association (Antitrust Section)

National Law Journal Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazer (2017)

Chief, United States Department of Justice Trial Staff, United States v. AT&T

Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division