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James G. McGovern
James G. McGovern
Partner — Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense
Partner — Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense

James G. McGovern

James G. McGovern
New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, New York 10036

James G. McGovern

Experience Highlights

  • Obtained acquittals after trial and full dismissal of all charges in two indictments brought against a former New York State Assemblyman charged with numerous counts of bribery and fraud

  • Appointed Deputy Commissioner by the City of New York to conduct whistleblower investigation of sitting NYC Commissioner of Department of Investigation

  • Representing a state government in DOJ investigation of COVID-19-related fraud

  • Representing publicly traded Brazilian company in DOJ international securities fraud investigation

  • Represented Mexican state-owned oil company in DOJ/EDNY FCPA investigation arising out of the Brazilian corruption scandals

  • Representing global bank in DOJ investigation of fraud and sanctions violations committed by a multinational telecommunications company

  • Representing multinational pharmaceutical company senior executive in FCPA investigation stemming from allegations of bribery and corruption in Greece

  • Representing four senior executives of Chinese state-owned construction company in DOJ/EDNY FCPA investigation

  • Advised privately held multinational corporation concerning criminal exposure under the FCPA for corrupt acts committed by its employees in Central America

  • Represented numerous individuals in sprawling federal investigation of political corruption targeting the Mayor of New York City

  • Representing New York-based university and several professors in DOJ investigation of possible violations of export control regulations

  • Obtained rare DOJ/EPA declination of charges for safety-monitoring company after whistleblower alleged unsafe conditions and fraud

  • Obtained favorable settlement – with minimal fine and no admission of guilt – in SEC case against owner of cryptocurrency trading platform for violations of the 1934 Securities Exchange Act

  • Representing several large public accounting firm partners in DOJ and SEC’s investigation of theft of PCAOB’s proprietary information

  • Representing Singaporean company in DOJ sanctions investigation of alleged business transactions with North Korea

  • Represented Korean oil company in DOJ Antitrust Division investigation of bid-rigging in dealings with the U.S. government

  • Represented U.S.-based canned tuna company in price-fixing investigation conducted by the DOJ Antitrust Division

  • Represented major U.S. bank in investigation conducted by Fraud Section of the DOJ concerning transactions with high-profile hedge fund manager

  • Represented CEO of large New York-based financial institution in investigation conducted by NYDFS

  • Qualified as an expert and testified in UK extradition proceeding regarding the DOJ’s policies and procedures in misbranded pharmaceuticals case

  • Representing CEO of consulting company in investigation conducted by the DOJ’s Civil Division


  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1991
  • Sienna College, B.A., 1988
  • Former Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York), 2020–2024
  • Legal 500 U.S., Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2017–2019
  • The American Lawyer, Lateral All-Star, 2017
  • Selected to the 500 Leading Litigators in America, Lawdragon, 2024
  • Global Investigations Review (GIR) 100, 2023
  • New York