Jim Walden

Partner 212 335 2031

A veteran litigator, Jim has served clients in high-profile and complex matters throughout his private-practice career, establishing an enviable record of success. In criminal, civil, and regulatory matters, Jim has consistently developed thoughtful, multi-tiered strategies to advance his clients’ goals.

Jim has led more than 20 complex internal investigations, including high-stakes international matters involving allegations of cartel activity or bribery. Jim’s cross-border internal investigations include work in Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, and South Korea. Jim has conducted investigations for global financial services firms, broker-dealers, retail banks, credit card companies, big box retailers, technology companies, one of the world’s largest car companies, and several industrial manufacturers. Time and again, based on his comprehensive fact-development work and advocacy, Jim has helped companies avoid or mitigate financial penalties and address compliance failures.

Jim has also represented many corporate executives and other individuals in federal, state, and local criminal matters. To date, almost every one of Jim’s clients has avoided jail, and many have avoided indictment altogether. Jim’s extensive client list has included CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and General Counsels, as well as celebrities, sports figures and other high-net-worth individuals. He has had equal success representing law enforcement officers, civil servants, brokers, traders, and managers. Whether a client is from Wall Street or Main Street, Jim has used his creativity and boundless enthusiasm to protect his clients against unfair and unfounded allegations.

Jim has also served as lead counsel in many important civil cases. Because of his tough litigation style and a track record of resolving even hotly contested and complex matters, Jim has been called upon in a wide range of matters, including civil-fraud cases, land-use and zoning matters, 1983 actions, contract disputes, whistleblower cases, employment litigation, historic preservation matters, and disputes over joint-ventures, partnerships, and other investment structures.

Jim also regularly represents clients in civil matters against governmental agencies. Most recently, for example, Jim represented a publicly traded technology company in a highly publicized dispute with the City of New York over its work on the 911 system, ultimately resolving the dispute on favorable terms for his client. Jim also filed a civil suit in state court after a city agency launched a demonstrably overreaching investigation against one of his technology clients, resulting in a state court decision quashing the investigation. Even when governmental agencies sue one another, one side often turns to Jim. After Jim successfully sued the Department of Homeless Services on behalf of the New York City Comptroller for illegal contracting practices, the Comptroller hired Jim to defend a prevailing wage determination in a fight with a local union, and Jim and his team again prevailed.

Prior to entering private practice in 2002, Jim served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for almost nine years, where he successfully tried many felony cases, including complex racketeering trials, and won various commendations, including the “Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney” and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s “Prosecutor of the Year.” Among his many multi-agency initiatives, Jim’s work lead to the first effective assault against the Bonanno Crime Family in twenty years, which continues to stir interest in the mainstream media.

Jim previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica, U.S. Judge, Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law, where he served as a law review editor and received the Israel Packel Memorial Award for the highest GPA in his graduating class. He graduated, cum laude, from Hamilton College, with a major in History and a minor in Computer Science.

Temple University School of Law, J.D. (1991)
Hamilton College, B.A. (1988)

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