James Thomas represents public corporations, financial institutions, accounting firms, and corporate directors and officers and members of management in complex commercial litigation, securities class actions, shareholder derivative and breach of fiduciary litigation, merger litigation, insurance coverage and actions by bankruptcy trustees. He also represents clients in connection with internal investigations and regulatory investigative and enforcement matters instituted by government agencies, with particular emphasis on matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

Experience

  • Allyn v. CNL Lifestyle Properties et al. (M.D. Fla.): Dismissal of claims against multi-billion dollar REIT and its board of directors in litigation alleging share price inflation.
  • Bunyan v. Ordan, Case No. 1:12-cv-01185 (E.D. Va.): Shareholder challenge to multi-billion dollar REIT merger transaction.
  • In re Harris Teeter Merger Litigation (N.C.): Shareholder challenge to multi-billion dollar grocery chain merger transaction.

Perspectives

NC Supreme Court Holds Independent Auditors Do Not Owe Fiduciary Duty to Clients (pdf)
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation
The Second Circuit Clarifies Liability Standard for Audit Opinions (pdf)
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation
Supreme Court Clarifies Liability for Statements of Opinion Under Section 11 of the Securities Act
Arnold & Porter Advisory
M&A Shareholder Litigation: Curbing Needless Notice Cost (pdf)

The Corporate Counselor, Volume 29, No. 2

What to Expect from Chancellor Strine's Appointment To the Delaware Supreme Court (pdf)

Bloomberg BNA's U.S. Law Week

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Credentials

Education
  • JD, The George Washington University Law School, 1999
  • MA, Indiana University, 1996
  • BA, Mercer University, 1993
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
Clerkships
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, The Honorable Vanessa Ruiz
Activities
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Gifts for the Homeless

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Mercer University

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