James Garland is co-chair of Covington’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. His practice focuses on government investigations and enforcement matters, complex commercial litigation, national security, and cybersecurity.
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 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 conjunction with his investigations and litigation practice, Mr. Garland regularly advises clients concerning cybersecurity preparedness and incident-response matters. He helps clients in assessing security controls, policies, and practices for the protection of sensitive corporate data, and in complying with federal, state, and foreign regulatory requirements pertaining to cybersecurity. He has assisted numerous companies in responding to a range of significant cybersecurity incidents, including in connection with criminal and state-sponsored attacks targeting the personal data of millions of customers and employees, and with respect to attempts to steal financial and other assets valued at more than $1 billion.
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.