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Jim Griffin focuses on criminal antitrust and internal corporate investigations. A partner in our Antitrust practice, Jim represents corporate and individual clients in a variety of antitrust matters and criminal investigations.

Jim represents individual and corporate clients in antitrust and other criminal investigations across a number of industries, including financial services, marine hose, air cargo, freight forwarding, TFT-LCD, ocean shipping, pharmaceuticals, management systems consulting, electric power generation, refrigeration compressor manufacturing, energy, polyurethane foam, car carrier ocean shipping and auto parts.

Previously, Jim was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Enforcement in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In that role he was responsible for the division’s criminal enforcement program and supervised the prosecution of more than 250 criminal cases, resulting in more than $1.5 billion in criminal fines. He was the Antitrust Division's primary liaison with foreign law enforcement authorities in connection with the detection and prosecution of international cartels.

In more than 26 years at DOJ, Jim received numerous awards recognizing his exceptional accomplishments there, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service (1997), the Department’s highest award for career professionals and the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executives (2003), the highest honor conferred on federal government executives.

Recognized as a leading competition lawyer in the U.S. and worldwide, Jim has been listed by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America, Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal, and The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers. He was also named 2014 “Antitrust Lawyer of the Year” for Washington, D.C., by The Best Lawyers in America. Jim is a frequent speaker at antitrust cartel programs around the world.

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Credentials

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

J.D., University of South Carolina, magna cum laude

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

District of Columbia

Georgia

South Carolina

Law Clerk, Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

American Bar Association, International Bar Association

"Commentators describe him as a "fantastic" attorney, with one peer citing him as "the best" when it comes to criminal antitrust defence"


Chambers Global

“An experienced and highly regarded antitrust cartel specialist” with an “extensive background in private practice and at the DOJ”


Chambers USA

Antitrust Lawyer of the Year for Washington, D.C.


The Best Lawyers in America, 2014

Antitrust Trailblazer


National Law Journal, 2015

Recognized as a leading competition lawyer in the U.S.


Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America, Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal

Recognized as a leading competition lawyer worldwide


The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers

Matters

Represented a major financial institution in connection with a coordinated criminal and civil investigation in the municipal derivatives industry.

Represented Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC in connection with a series of investigations, including a Department of Justice criminal investigation, relating to the proposed settlement of patent litigation with a generic pharmaceutical company.

Represented an international air cargo company in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

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Represented a major financial institution in connection with a coordinated criminal and civil investigation in the municipal derivatives industry.

Represented Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC in connection with a series of investigations, including a Department of Justice criminal investigation, relating to the proposed settlement of patent litigation with a generic pharmaceutical company.

Represented an international air cargo company in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

Represented a global management systems consulting firm in connection with a Department of Justice cartel investigation involving federal procurement contracts.

Represented a global financial services company in a Department of Justice Antitrust Division cartel investigation.

Represented an ocean shipping company in a Department of Justice Antitrust Division cartel investigation.

Represented a major U.S. energy company in a Department of Justice Antitrust Division bid-rigging and market manipulation investigation.

Represented the senior executive of an international marine hose manufacturer in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

Represented the chief executive officer of an international TFT-LCD manufacturer in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

Represented a senior marketing executive of an international freight consolidator in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

Representing a senior executive of a global financial services corporation in connection with a multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction investigation of collusion and manipulation in setting the London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR).

Represented a senior executive of an international corporation in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in the refrigeration compressor manufacturing industry.

Represented a senior executive of an international corporation in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in the polyurethane foam manufacturing industry.

Representing several senior executives of auto parts manufacturers in connection with an international cartel investigation in the auto parts industry.

Representing a senior executive of an international car carrier ocean shipping company in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

Representing a senior executive of an international pharmaceutical company in connection with a cartel investigation in the pharmaceuticals industry

Matters

Represented a major financial institution in connection with a coordinated criminal and civil investigation in the municipal derivatives industry.

Represented Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC in connection with a series of investigations, including a Department of Justice criminal investigation, relating to the proposed settlement of patent litigation with a generic pharmaceutical company.

Represented an international air cargo company in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

See more
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Close

Matters

Represented a major financial institution in connection with a coordinated criminal and civil investigation in the municipal derivatives industry.

Represented Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC in connection with a series of investigations, including a Department of Justice criminal investigation, relating to the proposed settlement of patent litigation with a generic pharmaceutical company.

Represented an international air cargo company in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

Represented a global management systems consulting firm in connection with a Department of Justice cartel investigation involving federal procurement contracts.

Represented a global financial services company in a Department of Justice Antitrust Division cartel investigation.

Represented an ocean shipping company in a Department of Justice Antitrust Division cartel investigation.

Represented a major U.S. energy company in a Department of Justice Antitrust Division bid-rigging and market manipulation investigation.

Represented the senior executive of an international marine hose manufacturer in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

Represented the chief executive officer of an international TFT-LCD manufacturer in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

Represented a senior marketing executive of an international freight consolidator in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

Representing a senior executive of a global financial services corporation in connection with a multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction investigation of collusion and manipulation in setting the London Interbank Offer Rate (LIBOR).

Represented a senior executive of an international corporation in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in the refrigeration compressor manufacturing industry.

Represented a senior executive of an international corporation in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in the polyurethane foam manufacturing industry.

Representing several senior executives of auto parts manufacturers in connection with an international cartel investigation in the auto parts industry.

Representing a senior executive of an international car carrier ocean shipping company in connection with a multi-jurisdictional cartel investigation in that industry.

Representing a senior executive of an international pharmaceutical company in connection with a cartel investigation in the pharmaceuticals industry

Credentials

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

J.D., University of South Carolina, magna cum laude

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

District of Columbia

Georgia

South Carolina

Law Clerk, Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

American Bar Association, International Bar Association

"Commentators describe him as a "fantastic" attorney, with one peer citing him as "the best" when it comes to criminal antitrust defence"


Chambers Global

“An experienced and highly regarded antitrust cartel specialist” with an “extensive background in private practice and at the DOJ”


Chambers USA

Antitrust Lawyer of the Year for Washington, D.C.


The Best Lawyers in America, 2014

Antitrust Trailblazer


National Law Journal, 2015

Recognized as a leading competition lawyer in the U.S.


Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America, Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal

Recognized as a leading competition lawyer worldwide


The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers