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Special Counsel



White Collar Defense

Commercial Litigation

General Corporate

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James Berger, a special counsel in JLG’s New York office, delivers nearly twenty years’ legal experience specializing in cross-border representations, complex transactions, internal/governmental investigations, white collar defense, and high-stakes corporate litigation – in addition to foreign policy, politics and public relations. By combining skills honed at top global law firms; in government; as a senior executive/counsel for one of DC’s leading public affairs companies; during hard-fought national elections and from numerous years working in China, Europe and Latin America, Mr. Berger helps JLG clients overcome and avoid a wide variety of interdisciplinary challenges. He also functions as a de facto in-house counsel for US and international companies with a specific focus on the alternative investment sector, emerging technologies and regulatory management.


Practice Highlights: 

  • Coordinated with multiple law firms and PR teams to achieve anti-trust and FCC approval of a $37 billion-dollar merger of two Fortune 500 media companies; deployed integrated legal, governmental, and grassroots public affairs tactics. 

  • Collaborated with US and Israeli legal teams, achieving favorable settlement of securities fraud claims alleged against the CFO of a major Israeli tech company.

  • Co-managed team of media experts, government relations specialists and corporate attorneys for major US defense contractor, helping win one of the United States Air Force’s largest-ever procurement contests.

  • In cooperation with two allied law firms, successfully defended one of the world’s largest international banks throughout two years of related federal lawsuits and appeals brought by the governments of Argentina and Uruguay as well as various US and Latin American banking entities. 

  • Counseled CEO of global financial services consultancy and drafted white papers for the firm’s alternative investment industry clients regarding white collar liability risks applicable to funds based in East Asia and the Caribbean. 

  • Senior team-leader during internal investigation of a Fortune 500 company that revealed serious criminal activity within upper management. Helped research and draft subsequent report for the board of directors, ultimately securing positive cooperation agreement with The Department of Justice. 

  • Researched, reviewed and produced more than 2000 documents to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

  • Helped exonerate three Managing Directors at high AUM hedge fund after lengthy SEC and Justice Department insider trading investigations. 

  • Defended and helped vindicate Congressional Committee Chairman subject to House Ethics investigation alleging white-collar crimes and rules violations.  

  • Helped design and deploy a legislative outreach, legal and media campaign for one of the nation’s most significant beverage industry trade associations.


Mr. Berger earned his undergraduate degree in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale University during which time he completed a Spanish language and cultural studies program in Salamanca, Spain and was permitted to spend a gap year working at the behest of the United States Information Agency in Hungary and Austria. Following graduation, he was awarded a two-year Yale China fellowship and then obtained an Honors J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law. 


  • Admitted to practice law in New York and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • Co-Chair of American Bar Association New York White Collar Crime Committee, New York Chapter (2012 to Present)

  • Senior Policy and Campaign Research Adviser for United States Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

  • Senior Policy Advisor for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Office of the Public Advocate)

  • Yale University Bates Travel Fellowship (comparative immigration policy research performed in Germany, the Czech Republic and California)

  • Multiple published articles, media appearances and speaking engagements (US and international)

  • Moderated "Residential: Asian Market Update & Trends" discussion panel at Fifth Annual East Meets West ("EMW") Real Estate Connect event hosted by Asian American Real Estate Association of America Manhattan Chapter (“AREAA”).

  • Interviewed by American Bar Association ("ABA") about navigating the trade war and political pressure.


  • Fluent in English & German; Employment and academic experience in Spanish,  Russian and Hungarian.

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