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Local Litigation Star

National Practice Area Star

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James Bernard focuses on financial services and general commercial litigation, including securities and consumer class actions, audit malpractice and related issues, white-collar criminal defense, and on representing clients before the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

James works on commodities and derivatives matters, and helps legal, technology and business executives structure complex technology- and IP-driven transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, cloud computing and outsourcing deals.

James has served as president of the Federal Bar Foundation and as co-chair of the New York State-Federal Judicial Council Advisory Group.

James has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 and Super Lawyers, and was awarded the Burton Award for distinguished legal writing. The National Law Journal also named him a “Litigation Trailblazer” in 2017 for leading a team that obtained what is considered to be the largest civil forfeiture in history on behalf of victims of Iran-sponsored terrorism.


  • J.D., cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 1995; Order of the Coif;
  • Peter J. O’Connor Prize; Fordham Law Alumni Association Medal in Constitutional Law
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Bowdoin College, 1989

Last updated September 2019