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James Garland
James M. Garland
Washington +1 202 662 5337 Download V-card

James Garland is a partner in Covington’s Litigation and White Collar Defense & Investigations practice groups.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and national security.

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 have involved parallel enforcement proceedings in multiple forums, often with significant public relations and policy implications.

  • Representation of individuals and corporate entities in a wide range of criminal and regulatory investigations, including matters involving allegations of 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.
  • Representation of leading technology companies in litigation and related compliance matters arising out of highly publicized unauthorized disclosures of classified U.S. intelligence information.
  • Advising global electronic communication service providers in connection with legal demands for user data from U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies.
  • Representation of a leading financial institution in connection with a federal fraud investigation.
  • Representation of a global transportation and logistics company in connection with multiple federal investigations into government contract compliance and related suspension and debarment proceedings.
  • Representation of a leading technology company in connection with potential litigation arising out of a CFIUS dispute.
  • Representation of a leading health care provider in connection with the development and implementation of effective compliance and training programs.
  • Representation of a leading software company in connection with the development and implementation of a global anti-piracy compliance program.
  • Representation of a leading technology companies and non-profit organizations in connection with efforts to prevent the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet.
  • Representation of Chiquita Brands International, Inc. in connection with government investigations and related civil lawsuits.
  • Representation of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in civil litigation and related government investigations arising out of the default of $2 billion in asset-backed securities issued by National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc.
  • Representation of the National Football League in connection with labor and antitrust disputes arising out of the expiration of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Representation of the NFL in contract litigation concerning cable carriage of the NFL Network.
  • Representation of the NFL in a suit brought by the Oakland Raiders alleging tortious interference with the Raiders’ efforts to construct a new stadium in Los Angeles.  See Oakland Raiders v. National Football League, 41 Cal. 4th 624 (2007) (reinstating NFL jury verdict).
  • Representation of the NFL in federal antitrust actions challenging the League’s franchise relocation and expansion rules.  See Hamilton County Board of Commissioners v. National Football League, 491 F.3d 310 (6th Cir. 2007) (affirming summary judgment for NFL); Warnock v. National Football League, 2005 U.S. App. LEXIS 24167 (3d Cir. Oct. 21, 2005) (affirming dismissal for NFL).
  • Representation of the NFL in a federal antitrust action challenging the League’s college draft eligibility rules.  See Clarett v. National Football League, 369 F.3d 124 (2d Cir. 2004) (reversing and ordering summary judgment for NFL).
  • Trial and appellate defense of Northrop Grumman Corporation in a trade secrets and breach-of-contract action.

Pro Bono

  • Representation of leading civil rights organization in connection with criminal justice policy initiatives and related litigation.
  • Representation of individuals in post-conviction review proceedings in West Virginia and Alabama.
  • Representation of free press organization as amicus curiae in U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Representation of individual in adversary proceedings in U.S. bankruptcy court.
  • Representation of public health advocacy organization in First Amendment challenge to a federal appropriations bill.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
  • Southern Center for Human Rights, Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Previous Experience

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General (2009-2010)
  • Price Waterhouse LLC, Management Consultant (1995-1997)
  • Legal 500, Media, Technology and Telecoms (2015); White-Collar Criminal Defense (2011, 2013) and Antitrust (2011)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2014-2015)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White Collar "Rising Star" (2013)
  • Euromoney, Benchmark: Expert Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys -- Future Star Washington, DC (2013-2014)