James M. Commons focuses his practice on white-collar and securities defense, government and corporate internal investigations, and complex civil litigation. James has represented corporations and executives in a variety of civil and criminal matters arising under the federal securities laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the federal mail and wire fraud statutes, and False Claims Act. He has extensive experience conducting sensitive internal investigations and has assisted clients in augmenting their internal compliance programs. He also maintains an active pro bono practice.


  • Lead the defense of a government contractor accused of violating campaign finance laws and accessing confidential information without authorization
  • Represented a corporate executive in a criminal investigation relating to a vehicle manufacturer’s safety recall

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  • Benchmark Litigation, 40 & Under Hot List and Future Leader, 2017-2020


University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 2006
University of Virginia, BS, 2003

District of Columbia

James M. Commons

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