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Christopher W. James
Christopher W. James
Counsel — Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense
Counsel — Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense

Christopher W. James

Christopher W. James
San Francisco

555 Mission Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105

Christopher W. James

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 

  • Counselled a multi-national oil services company on FCPA and anti-corruption compliance programs, as well as compliance issues related to international expansion 


  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • Indiana University, B.S., Finance, Business Economics, Public Policy Analysis, 2009
  • Selected to the Northern California Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers® (Thomson Reuters), 2019 and 2020
  • Member: American Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division
  • Member: ABA Young Lawyers Division White Collar Crime Steering Committee
  • Member: International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member: State Bar of California; Litigation Section
  • Member: Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
  • California, United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • “Pilot Program No Longer: DOJ Makes FCPA Pilot Program Permanent Policy,” V&E FCPA & Global Anti-Corruption Update E-communication, November 30, 2017 (co-author)
  • “Technology Fraud Risk Overview and Emerging Trends (ASIA),” San Francisco Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Tech Fraud Summit 2017, September 15, 2017 (panelist)