Jim represents corporate and individual clients in antitrust and white collar crime defense matters and related commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States and before a variety of federal and state investigative agencies, including the Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, United States Attorney’s Offices and the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the antitrust area, Jim focuses on litigating various matters involving domestic and international cartels, alleged price fixing, monopolization claims, price discrimination and representing clients in dealing with the antitrust aspects of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Jim’s white collar crime defense and internal investigation matters cover price fixing, accounting fraud, FCPA violations, securities fraud and insider trading, public corruption, environmental crimes and other corporate crime issues.
Jim is recognized annually by Chambers USA and Chambers Global as one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers in Antitrust and has been recognized as a leading lawyer by The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists. He has been recognized as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine, as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation and was also recognized in recent editions of The Legal 500 U.S. for his “practical advice and superb service” in the areas of Antitrust and E-Discovery. Most recently, Best Lawyers recognized Jim as the Litigation – Antitrust Lawyer of the Year. Jim is the head of Kirkland’s e-discovery training program for attorneys and legal assistants. His prior work for the Antitrust Division and character were featured in the major motion picture, The Informant, and book of the same name.
Guest Lecturer — American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section; Seventh Circuit, District of Columbia, Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations; American Forest & Paper Association; Law Council of Australia, Business Law Section - Trade Practices Committee; The Sedona Conference; Minnesota Institute of Legal Education; Canadian Department of Justice; Competition Bureau of Canada; DePaul University School of Law; Georgetown Law School; John Marshall Law School; Loyola University Law School; St. Louis University School of Law; Department of Defense Investigative Agencies; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section; and International Cartel Workshop, Panelist, 2010–2018.
Memberships & Affiliations
American Bar Association
Antitrust Law Section
Co-Chair, International Cartel Task Force
Former Co-Chair and Vice-Chair, Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee
International Cartel Workshop
ALS Presidential Transition Task Force
Committee Member, 2016–2017
Chicago Bar Association
Former Chair, Antitrust Law Section
International Competition Network Cartel Workshop Yokohama 2010
U.S. Non-Government Delegate
Admissions & Qualifications
- Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.1989
1989, Wigmore Key Award
1988, 1989 Dean's List
1989 Chairman, Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition
Co-Chairman, Student Bar Association Community Services Committee
- Wharton School of the University of PennsylvaniaB.S., Economics1986