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James Dawson
James Dawson
Senior Associate — Appellate
Senior Associate — Appellate

James Dawson

James Dawson

2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 500 West
Washington, DC 20037

James Dawson

Experience Highlights

  • Represented major energy company in state and federal proceedings concerning a Clean Water Act certification for a hydroelectric facility

  • (Del.) – Drafted appellate briefs in dispute concerning purported breaches of a wind-farming contract

  • (11th Cir.) – Briefed and argued appeal concerning federal criminal law

  • (5th Cir.) – Drafted appellate brief in dispute concerning federal jurisdiction and civil procedure

  • (9th Cir.) – Drafted appellate brief in dispute concerning a securities class action

  • (6th Cir.) – Drafted appellate briefs in dispute concerning judicial sanctions and breaches of commercial contracts

  • (S.D. III.) – Briefed and argued motion for spoliation sanctions in pro bono case concerning prison conditions

  • (N.D. III.); (7th Cir.) – Represented major telecommunications company in trial and appellate proceedings concerning antitrust liabilities

  • Represented music companies in a variety of commercial disputes against operators of music services


  • Yale Law School, J.D., 2014 (Yale Law and Policy Review, Co-Editor-in-Chief; Yale Law Journal, Notes Editor; Supreme Court Clinic; Morris Tyler Moot Court at Yale, best overall team and best individual oralist)
  • Columbia University, B.A. in Political Science summa cum laude, 2011 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Judicial clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2015 – 2016
  • Lecturer in Law and Fellow for the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project, Yale Law School, 2014 – 2015
  • Selected to the Washington, D.C. Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers® (Thomson Reuters), 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), “Ones to Watch,” Appellate Practice (Washington), 2022
  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Southern District of Illinois