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An accomplished trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, James defends individuals and institutions targeted in white collar criminal matters, government investigations, and related complex litigation. James also conducts internal investigations, counsels corporations and corporate committees in responding to formal and informal government inquiries, and represents clients in matters involving the False Claims Act, FCPA, and other claims of fraud and abuse. His practice focuses on protecting and defending clients in criminal cases in federal and state courts across the country.


  • Villanova University School of Law, 2007, J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; managing editor, Villanova Law Review
  • Emory University, 2003, B.B.A., Business Management

  • Pennsylvania

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania

  • Anti-Defamation League, Regional Advancement Team / Fellow, ADL Glass Leadership Institute
  • Barrister, University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court

  • Honorable Michael M. Baylson, U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Awards & Recognition

  • 2018 - Nominated for Director’s Award by U.S. Department of Justice
  • 2017 - Received formal commendation from FBI Director for Outstanding Performance
  • 2014 - Received U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award 
  • 2013 - Received U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award
  • 2007 - Received Rev. Joseph Ullman Award for Academic Excellence