Licensed in federal courts and the State of Florida
Jim was born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in Miami, Florida. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Political Science and the DePaul University, College of Law, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a member of the Florida Bar. Starting in 1989, Jim served as a Special Agent, Legal Advisor, and Hostage Negotiator with the FBI in San Francisco and Oakland, California, where he investigated white collar crime, antitrust violations, health care fraud, violent and drug trafficking crimes, and domestic and international terrorism cases.
During his tenure with the FBI, Jim provided annual legal training to FBI management and staff as well as to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers on Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment criminal law and procedure issues. In 1992, he led the FBI San Francisco Division in cases prosecuted as a Special Agent, involving hundreds of undercover operations.
In 1994, Jim served as the inaugural FBI Special Agent Detail to the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, where he led the Archer Daniels Midland price fixing investigation into worldwide cartels operating in international chemical markets, resulting in the prosecution of numerous multinational corporations, billions of dollars in criminal fines, prison sentences for several corporate officials, and numerous spin-off investigations with similar judicial outcomes.
In 1996, Jim provided operational and legal advice to the UNABOM Task Force, leading to the arrest and conviction of Ted Kaczynski for the mail bomb deaths of numerous individuals across the country. As a legal advisor to the Task Force, he also collaborated in drafting the master search warrant for Kaczynski’s cabin in Montana.
From 2001 to 2012, Jim joined the Antitrust Division as a Trial Attorney and, in 2005, was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Atlanta Field Office, where he managed 16 attorneys and investigated and prosecuted antitrust, white collar fraud, and federal tax cases in the Southeast United States, the United States Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. During his tenure with the Antitrust Division, Jim won 6 criminal jury trials. Between 2002-2003, while on special detail to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, Jim won another 4 criminal jury trials as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. In 2006, 2008, and 2009, he received the General Services Administration, Office of Inspector General, Award for Excellence, for successfully investigating numerous procurement fraud cases in Puerto Rico, including earning a guilty verdict, prison sentence, and disbarment of a criminal defense attorney, who obstructed Jim’s own federal grand jury investigation.
From 2012 to 2019, Jim served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, where he investigated and prosecuted hundreds of cases for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and Violent Crime Sections, including winning 7 criminal jury trials and one criminal bench trial, involving drug trafficking, gang, prison, and violent crime in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Jim now joins the Dysart Willis Houchin & Hubbard white collar crime defense division and will lead the firm’s antitrust practice in federal court, where he specializes in cases involving economic crimes; antitrust laws (price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation); mail, wire, and honest services fraud; commercial bribery (federal anti-kickback statutes); foreign bribery (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act); qui tams (False Claims Act) and whistleblower actions; internal corporate investigations; and government compliance and oversight. Jim’s unique experience as both an FBI Special Agent and federal prosecutor for over 30 years makes him invaluable to any white collar criminal defense team.
Jim resides in Raleigh where he enjoys traveling, tennis, golf, and his two children, who attend college.
Year Joined Firm
Areas of Practice
- Federal Criminal Defense
- Antitrust Violations
- White Collar Crime
- Government Investigations and Compliance
- Internal Corporate Investigations
- Florida Bar 1989
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico
- University of South Florida, BA Political Science (1984)
- DePaul University, College of Law, JD (1988)
Honors and Awards
- Moot Court Competition, Best Brief Award, DePaul College of Law (1987)
- General Services Administration, Office of Inspector General, Award for Excellence (2006, 2008, 2009)
Past Employment Positions
- Law Student Intern, Office of the Public Defender, Cook County, Illinois (1988)
- FBI Special Agent, San Francisco Division (1989-2001)
- FBI Legal Advisor, San Francisco Division (1989-2001)
- Trial Attorney, DOJ, Antitrust Division, Atlanta Field Office (2001-2005)
- Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia (2002-2003)
- Assistant Chief, DOJ, Antitrust Division, Atlanta Field Office (2005-2012)
- Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina (2012-2019)
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