James Garland’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, white collar investigations, national security, and cybersecurity.
Mr. Garland has substantial experience litigating high-stakes, multidimensional business disputes for clients across a range of industries, including companies in the high-tech, financial services, defense, transportation, media and entertainment, and pharmaceutical sectors. Many of his civil representations involve parallel government enforcement proceedings in multiple forums, often with significant public relations and policy implications. He has particular expertise handling disputes involving electronic surveillance, data privacy, and national security.
In the white collar area, Mr. Garland represents both corporate and individual clients in large-scale, multi-party criminal investigations and related regulatory enforcement actions. He has successfully handled enforcement matters involving allegations of espionage, terrorism-financing, export control violations, foreign bribery, false claims, public corruption, obstruction of justice, government contract fraud, mail and wire fraud, securities and commodities fraud, price-fixing, and insider trading.
Mr. Garland also maintains an active cybersecurity counseling and incident-response practice. He regularly counsels clients on preparing for and responding to cyber-based attacks on their networks and information, assessing their security controls and practices for the protection of data, developing and implementing information security programs, and complying with federal and state regulatory requirements. He has represented companies in a range of cybersecurity incidents, including in connection with criminal and state-sponsored attacks targeting the personal data and financial assets of millions of customers and employees.
From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Garland served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Eric Holder at the U.S. Department of Justice. In that role, Garland advised the Attorney General on a range of enforcement issues, with an emphasis on criminal, cybersecurity, and surveillance matters. He worked closely with senior officials at the White House, Main Justice, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, FBI, SEC, and other federal, state, and local enforcement agencies.