James W. Cooper is a partner in Arnold & Porter LLP's white collar criminal defense, antitrust, and litigation practice groups. His practice includes the representation of business organizations and individuals through counseling, investigation, and criminal defense, including trial.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cooper served as a senior Justice Department attorney and Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he was the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Acting Chief of the National Security Section. In those positions, he supervised all federal criminal investigations and prosecutions in the Office, including all matters involving fraud, public corruption, terrorist finance, anti-money laundering enforcement, export control violations, healthcare fraud, intellectual property theft, corporate and securities fraud, tax fraud, environmental crimes, and asset forfeiture.
In addition, Mr. Cooper has personally tried more than 40 criminal cases and has handled myriad sensitive or high-profile criminal cases, including the widely publicized Washington Teachers' Union scandal, an allegation that former President Bill Clinton had violated federal law in connection with fundraising during the 1996 presidential election cycle, and the prosecution of former DC Mayor (and sitting city councilman) Marion S. Barry, Jr., for federal and local criminal tax violations. During his 13 years as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Cooper also conducted scores of grand jury investigations, handled numerous criminal appeals, and argued approximately five cases before the DC Circuit and District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
His experience includes internal investigation and crisis management arising in anticipation of, or in response to, government enforcement threats wherever they may arise, including federal grand jury investigations, administrative subpoenas and inquiries, press or congressional interest, whistleblower allegations, or internal audit and review.
He has advised clients in a wide array of substantive areas, including alleged violations of the antitrust cartel prohibitions, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export control laws, federal Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering requirements, government contracting and procurement fraud, environmental crime prohibitions, federal food and drug laws, and others.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
Washingtonian's "Top Lawyers" 2007 for Litigation
Received 2006 Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant US Attorney, Executive Office for United States Attorneys
The American Lawyer "Eleven [Federal Prosecutors] to Watch" 2003
President, Assistant US Attorneys Association of the District of Columbia, 2012-2013
Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
Editorial Board, Emory Law Journal
Faculty, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop
Member, ABA Criminal Justice Standards Committee
Board, DC Circuit Historical Society
Dean’s Advisory Board, Emory University School of Law