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Christopher W. James

Christopher W. James Senior Associate, Commercial & Business Litigation

Christopher is an associate in the complex commercial litigation practice group.  His principal areas of practice include government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, antitrust, and corporate risk and compliance. 

Experience Highlights

  • Represented a chemical company with global operations in connection with a Department of Justice cartel investigation 
  • Representing a senior bank executive in connection with an internal investigation and multi-agency government investigation into sales practices 
  • Conducted multiple internal investigations for a multinational technology manufacturing company in connection with supply chain risk 
  • Assisted in defending a leading automobile parts supplier and its affiliates in connection with multi-forum investigations and class action litigation involving alleged antitrust violations 
  • (N.D. Cal.) Assisted in defending an oil services company in an attempt by CA state to block an asset sale because of alleged antitrust concerns; court denied preliminary injunction 
  • (Cal. Sup. – Alameda Cnty.) Defended a retail manufacturer in California state court against allegations of carcinogenic product material under the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (“Prop 65”)
  • (N.D. Cal.) Represented an individual during sentencing phase of a federal antitrust auction rigging prosecution 
  • (N.D. Cal.) — Defending a foreign supplier and its U.S.-based affiliate in class action multi-district litigation related to allegations of price-fixing in the lithium ion batteries industry
  • (Office of the Comptroller of Currency) Defended a former President and CEO of a Northern California bank in an OCC regulatory investigation; the OCC decided not to assess civil monetary penalties 
  • Assisted in defending a leading automobile parts supplier and its affiliates in connection with multi-forum investigations and class action litigation involving alleged antitrust violations 
  • Counselled a multi-national oil services company on FCPA and anti-corruption compliance programs, as well as compliance issues related to international expansion 


Contact Details

San Francisco

T +1.415.979.6949
F +1.415.520.5989
cjames@velaw.com
555 Mission Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
Local time: 7:20 AM
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Chris' Practices

  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • Indiana University, B.S., Finance, Business Economics, Public Policy Analysis, 2009
  • Admitted to practice: California, United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Selected to the Northern California Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers® (Thomson Reuters), 2019
  • Member: American Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division
  • Member: State Bar of California; Litigation Section
  • Member: Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)