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James brings the perspective of a former federal prosecutor to his defense of companies and individuals involved in criminal and other government investigations and related white-collar/civil litigation.  An experienced trial lawyer skilled in leading complex investigations, his practice focuses on representing clients in a wide variety of white-collar criminal matters, False Claims Act (FCA) and qui tam litigation, matters under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), and Anti-Kickback statute, as well as other federal/state investigations brought by prosecutors, state attorneys general, and regulators.  A litigator in the firm’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group, James focuses on representing companies and organizations, boards of directors, internal committees, officers, corporate management, and other individuals across industry sectors including healthcare, pharma, technology, telecom, manufacturing, and financial services.


  • 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

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

Awards & Recognition

  • 2017 - Formally Recognized by the Director of the FBI for Outstanding Work in a Criminal Prosecution
  • 2014 - U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award
  • 2013 - U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Award 
  • 2007 - Rev. Joseph Ullman Award for Excellence in Criminal Law