James Walker represents executive-level professionals in government enforcement actions, internal investigations, and civil litigation, and Am Law-ranked law firms and attorneys in professional liability matters. These representations have included sophisticated and complex malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, disqualification motions, and conflicts of interest claims in unique and highly consequential circumstances.
James’ recent successes have included representation of the audit committee of an alternative asset manager in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation involving numerous investments in Africa, and advising a multinational law firm in defense of a disqualification motion in a dispute concerning royalty payments and various patents. James is frequently engaged in parallel proceedings involving investigations and related litigation. He also represents and advises companies on employment law issues such as the investigation of whistleblower, discrimination, and harassment complaints, employee separations and hires, and restrictive covenants.
Active in city and state bar associations, James has served on multiple New York City Bar Association committees, including professional discipline, professional and judicial ethics, professional responsibility, and securities regulation. He has been a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics since 1996 and is the current chair of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Committee on Professional Ethics.
James is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics and securities enforcement, and has published articles on attorney-client privilege, professional ethics, internal investigations, and issues arising under securities laws. He also serves on the editorial board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual of Professional Conduct and Law360’s Legal Ethics publication.