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James advises clients on a broad range of civil litigation matters before federal and state courts.

His priority is to get to know clients and their industries. James aims to serve as a true business partner as well as an attorney or advisor, and he enjoys working closely with clients and developing creative litigation approaches for their business needs. He measures his success by the help he provides to clients.

James appreciates the opportunity to dive into complex legal issues. He has a wide variety of experience in business litigation and welcomes challenges in any industry for clients big, small, established and new to the scene. He has particular experience with large public companies in a diverse array of industries, such as communications and mass media, consumer goods, credit reporting, healthcare and forestry. He excels at finding the best strategies for a particular client and clearly communicating with the client to make sure the client understands and agrees with a particular approach.




  • Georgia Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” 2018


  • J.D., Emory University School of Law
    • with honors
    • Order of the Coif
    • Mary Laura “Chee” Davis Scholar
    • Emory Law Journal, Executive Managing Editor
    • Top Oralist, Legal Writing, Research, & Advocacy
    • Finalist, Most Outstanding 3L Award
  • B.A., Whitworth University
    • summa cum laude
    • President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
    • The Whitworthian, Managing Editor


  • Georgia
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • District Court of the Cherokee Nation


  • Hon. Emmett Ripley Cox, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Featured Case Studies

Securities Fraud Class Action Favorably Settled

James helped secure a favorable settlement for a global, publicly traded timber company facing federal securities fraud allegations. After assisting in a fast-paced and wide-ranging investigation, James and his team defended the company through large-scale discovery and substantial motions practice. Ultimately, they successfully mediated a settlement within insurance limits, avoiding a hit to the client’s bottom line.

Additional Experience
  • Defeated motion for class certification in California federal court in a consumer protection action against a national sporting goods company.
  • Won partial summary judgment on key claims against client pharmacy benefit manager, leading to favorable subsequent resolution of remaining claims, in federal court in contractual dispute against pharmacy.
  • Won partial dismissal in class action case alleging consumer fraud claims in California federal court.
  • Defended leading consumer brands conglomerate in trial-bound commercial litigation in Delaware Chancery Court arising from transformative merger.
  • Successfully resolved more than 50 consumer credit reporting cases brought against major credit reporting agency in wide variety of state and federal courts.
  • Won rare emergency appeal to Georgia Supreme Court to overturn trial court injunction and allow client TV network to participate in "once-in-a-lifetime" FCC public auction.
  • Successfully resolved complex multidistrict, multiaction securities litigation arising from accounting and disclosure concerns for large media company.
  • Represented clients through intensive and confidential internal investigations, including conducting large-scale document review and dozens of witness interviews. Topic areas included allegations implicating False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and commercial and accounting laws and regulations.
Community Leadership

While living in Atlanta, James served as a junior board member for a homeless-youth outreach nonprofit and as a volunteer attorney for the Georgia Justice Project. In St. Louis, he looks forward to becoming involved with community organizations and projects that serve his neighborhood, parks, young adults and, of course, dogs.

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