James Durkin - McDermott Will & Emery


James Durkin is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice on white-collar and government enforcement matters, internal investigations and compliance matters, and complex civil litigation. He represents companies and individuals in matters ranging from white-collar healthcare cases to investigations brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other government agencies. James draws upon his first-hand knowledge of how the government decides to pursue and resolve cases when navigating clients through complex and sensitive investigations and prosecutions.

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  • Investigated a wide-ranging public corruption scheme that resulted in the convictions of multiple Illinois State Senators, an Illinois State Representative, a Cook County Commissioner, multiple suburban mayors, public officials and business leaders*
  • Successfully tried a healthcare fraud matter involving fraudulent billing practices at a major hospice company*
  • Obtained trial victories as lead trial attorney in cases involving international drug trafficking and firearms offenses*

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  • Department of Justice Director’s Award, 2019


  • Lurie Children’s Hospital Innovator’s Board, board member


Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, JD, 2008
University of Notre Dame, BA, cum laude, 2003


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