James is known as a bulldog when representing his clients and lends a nuanced, strategic and transparent approach to that representation. James works tirelessly for his clients on matters ranging from small individual claims to billion-dollar lawsuits. His intelligence, dedication and pull-up-your sleeves approach to hard work has made him a go-to lawyer for colleagues and clients alike.
James has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in high stakes litigation, including in the financial services, insurance and bankruptcy sectors. He regularly represents policyholders in claims against their insurance companies and investors in recouping investment losses, including against investment advisors and broker-dealers. Over the last several years, James oversaw the defense and prosecution of complex commercial litigations related to residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). James’s experience spans all phases of litigation in both federal and state court, as well as in arbitration.
Prior to K&S, James was a partner at two large prestigious New York City law firms.
James is committed to tapping into his expertise in representing Pro Bono clients. His most recent pro bono activities include matters ranging from improper foreclosure actions brought by banks to bad faith lawsuits brought against insurance companies.
Some of James’s representative engagements include the following:
- Privately held and public companies in recovery of insurance proceeds in connection with various types of insurance policies, including professional liability, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability and cybersecurity.
- Investors in prosecuting breach of fiduciary duty claims against investment advisor and broker-dealer regarding millions of dollars in investment losses.
- Global financial institutions in litigation commenced by the Madoff trustee and Madoff feeder funds seeking recovery of alleged cross-border fraudulent transfers under the Bankruptcy Code and state law.
- Sponsor in RMBS transactions against fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims arising from statements made in offering materials and putback claims concerning alleged breaches of representations and warranties.
- Directors and officers in various lawsuits concerning common law fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims commenced in state court and bankruptcy court.
- A broker-dealer in litigation concerning complex issues of jurisdiction, sovereign immunity and cross-border discovery.
- Co-founder of a major tech company in prosecuting fraud and fraudulent transfer claims against his former partners.
- Financial institution in prosecuting and defending claims in connection with commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions.
- Financial institution in defending claims brought by individuals under state and federal consumer protections laws.
- Shareholders in fraudulent transfer litigation in the SDNY arising out of the 2007 leveraged buyout of the Tribune Company.
- J.D., Cornell Law School 2007
- B.A., Binghamton University, 2003, major in Philosophy, Politics & Law; minor in History
Admitted to Practice
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern District of New York, District of New Jersey and District of Connecticut
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
- James was named a Rising Star (for attorneys under 40) by New York Metro Super Lawyers from 2015 to 2020.