Professional Biography
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James Walker Partner

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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. 

Professional Recognition

  • Named a New York Trailblazer by New York Law Journal, 2019
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2013 – 2022
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense, 2016, 2020
  • Selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a New York Super Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense, Professional Liability Defense, Corporate Governance, and Compliance, 2009 – 2019
  • Named a New York Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2018, 2019
  • Named a Future National Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2016, 2017
  • Named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Professional Leadership

  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Chair of Committee on Professional Ethics, Board Member
  • The ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, Editorial Board Member
  • Law360 Legal Ethics Editorial Advisory Board, Member
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Committee on Professional Ethics, Member
  • New York City Bar, Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee, Member
  • ABA Corporate Counsel Conference, Seminar Co-Chair, 2017 
  • Advisory Council member for CSR Professional Services, Inc., a company that provides data privacy and security services to businesses, in connection with the launch of its Legal Readiness product for attorneys, which increases an attorney’s awareness of data privacy and cybersecurity issues pertinent to the attorney’s law practice.

Related Employment

  • Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, New York, NY, Partner and General Counsel, 1999 – 2020
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York, NY, Associate, 1991 – 1995


  • Hon. Earl B. Gillam, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California





Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1990
  • Yale University, B.S., Applied Mathematics, cum laude, 1985