James focuses his practice on investigations and white collar crime. He has served as trial counsel for over 100 jury trials.

Biography – View PDF Bio

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1966
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals

Distinctions

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Alumni Hall of Fame, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated,1983-2017
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2006-2018
    • Top 50: Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2008-2012
  • Lifetime Achievement Selection, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Corporate Compliance Law: Lawyer of the Year – [Jackson, MS], 2013, 2018
    • Corporate Compliance Law, 2011-2020
  • Member, Criminal Rules Advisory Committee for the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • Member, Standing Committee on Federal Criminal Rules for the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • United States Attorney, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, 2001
  • Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, 1985-2001
  • More...

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1966
  • Millsaps College, B.A., English Literature, 1961

Experience

  • Extensive courtroom experience in both trial and appellate courtrooms, having served as trial counsel for in excess of 100 jury trials, having authored approximately 60 appeals court briefs, and having participated in oral argument for a substantial number of those.  A number of these cases were high-profile, complex matters. 
  • Selected as federal Monitor by U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey, in a deferred prosecution matter involving a major medical device manufacturer.
  • Represented major national insurance company in a complex investigation by Department of Justice and U. S. Attorney’s Office and federal investigative agencies for alleged fraud in processing catastrophe claims; three-year investigation resulted in no criminal or civil actions by the government against company or any of its employees.
  • Represented a durable equipment company in a criminal investigation by the Office of Inspector General, Health and Human Services (OIG HHS).   The matter was resolved with a corporate integrity agreement.
  • Represented a pharmacy company in a major medical fraud investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal Investigative agencies; investigation resulted in no criminal or civil proceedings against the pharmacy company.
  • Represented a physician in a multi-state investigation by Department of Justice and federal investigative agencies regarding alleged anti-kickback violations by physicians and durable medical equipment vendors engaged in Medicare reimbursements.
  • Represented a major regional financial institution in a complex investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into alleged bank fraud and Bank Secrecy Act violations; matter was resolved in a deferred prosecution agreement for a one-year term of observation, at the conclusion of which the matter was dismissed.
  • Represented an engineering company in a high profile complex investigation by the U. S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding false claims, bribery, and public corruption; matter resulted in dismissal of all criminal charges against the company and no federal government civil proceedings.
  • Represented a durable medical equipment company in an internal investigation of allegations that a management person engaged in fraudulent conduct and substantial violations of the health care industry statutes and regulations as a part of his management responsibilities with the company.
  • More...

Papers, Presentations, & Publications