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
Represented a corporate executive in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into potential securities fraud relating to sales of collateralized debt obligations
Represented a corporate executive in an SEC investigation into potential securities fraud relating to mortgage-backed securities offerings
Represented a steel fabricator in a US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into possible mail and wire fraud
Achieved a significant victory on behalf of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Nonviolent Change, in a civil action that would have prevented the nonprofit center from using Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, name, image or likeness
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