James Mathias > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Baltimore (Mount Washington), United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Corporate and Securities Litigation; Class Actions; Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes; Insurance; Financial Services; Real Estate


Retired Partner; Co-Chair, Corporate and Securities Litigation


Jim Mathias is a trial lawyer who engages in a general corporate, securities and business litigation practice.

Jim focuses on litigation concerning securities and financial services, class actions, board governance, complex financial transactions, fraud, internal corporate and compliance investigations and contract disputes. Jim is co-chair of DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities Litigation group and until recently served as the Chair of the Baltimore Litigation group for almost two decades. He served for many years as a member of the firmwide Policy Committee. Jim served as National Hiring co-chair in charge of recruiting firmwide from 2000 to 2005. He served as the Baltimore office Hiring Partner from 1997 to 2003.

Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to no more than 1% of the total lawyer population in any state.

In November 2014, Jim was awarded a 2014 Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements, community service and mentoring within Maryland’s legal community.


American College of Trial Lawyers; Federal Bar Association, Board of Governors, Maryland Chapter; Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Serjeants Inn Law Club


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; B.A., Amherst College


Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a strong transactional team and a litigation practice to match, giving it a prominent role in cases concerning breaches of fiduciary duty, and it is active in courts across the US, as well as in the main forum of Delaware. John Clarke in New York, who is co-chair of the corporate and securities litigation group, and head of Delaware litigation John Reed in Wilmington are the lead partners. ‘Masterful litigator and trial counselJames Mathias in Baltimore represented Ray Berry, the founder, former CEO and chairman of The Fresh Market specialty grocery chain in an action asserting breach of fiduciary duty in challenging his role in the company’s 2016 going-private transaction. Rob Hoffman in Dallas and Baltimore-based Benjamin Schuman, who is ‘pleasant and unassuming, yet possesses a powerful intellect that commands respect‘, also have key roles in the practice.