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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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James Wareham

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP


Global Chair of Litigation Department. Substantial experience in both civil and criminal matters. Has served as lead counsel on behalf of multinational public companies, boards of directors, and senior executives in the defense of securities class actions, in connection with cross-border government investigations, and proceedings before the United States Congress. Has also led internal investigations around the globe arising out of bribery allegations, securities and accounting irregularities and related matters.


Joined as partner in 2015.


Mr. Wareham received his JD from Northwestern University School of Law in 1986, where he served as a member of the Journal of International Law and Business, and his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981.

United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s ‘strong and experienced’ team is jointly head by ‘great leadersJames Wareham in Washington DC and Steven Witzel in New York. It is renowned for its individual representations in the securities and commodities fraud space. The team secured a victory for William Tirrell in a major SEC investigation and civil litigation, ending in a settlement that imposed no financial penalty and no suspension. It is also defending the Peruvian lawyer, Julio Antonia Castro Roca, against extradition proceedings initiated by the US government relating to an insider trading charge. Evan Barr is representing the former Citigroup foreign currency exchange trader, Christopher Cummins, in connection with ongoing investigations and prosecutions being conducted by the DOJ antitrust division. The ‘strategic and extremely knowledgeableStephen Juris is also recommended. The New York team was recently joined by Una Dean, a cybersecurity expert and the former assistant US attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Lawrence Gerschwer is also recommended for his ‘strong judgement’.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP represents multinational corporations, international organizations and sovereign entities in complex arbitration disputes. Joseph LoBue continues to represent Total in ICSID proceedings against the Republic of Uganda regarding investments in petroleum operations in Uganda, contractual obligations and obligations under the Netherlands-Uganda BIT. Cerner UK, Dassault Aviation, EDF and Northrop Grumman are also clients. James Wareham heads the team. Named individuals are based in Washington DC.

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Securities litigation: defense

Within: Securities litigation: defense

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP scores ‘A-plus on all fronts’, according to one client. Global litigation chair James Wareham in Washington DC leads on securities matters. His highlights from 2017 included advising pharmaceuticals company Perrigo in a class action - Roofers’ Pension Fund v Joseph Papa, et al - which alleged that the company inflated its share price by, among other things, failing to disclose integration problems following the acquisition of Omega Pharma, by overstating organic growth and via anti-competitive pricing in its generics division. The firm has a strong practice in New York, where William McGuinness and the ‘responsive and extremely knowledgeableStephen Juris (who is ‘adept in his development of strategies and is realistic about possible outcomes’) scored a victory for underwriters of MaxPoint Interactive’s 2015 IPO, when all claims were dismissed. Israel David, ‘superstarScott Luftglass, ‘thoughtful and creative’ and newly made-up partner Samuel Groner and DC-based James Anklam are recommended. In May 2018, Michael Keats joined from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

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