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James Cuthbertson

James Cuthbertson

also known as J. Douglas Cuthbertson, Doug Cuthbertson

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I am a member of LeClairRyan’s Business Litigation Practice. I have extensive experience in complex business litigation and counseling for clients in the financial services and insurance industries, and have handled hundreds of cases at all levels of state and federal courts and in commercial arbitrations throughout many jurisdictions around the country. 

My practice focuses on the defense of financial institutions in commercial and consumer litigation in the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally. I have experience managing individual, class action and other multi-party litigation for several financial institutions, developing and implementing coordinated litigation strategies to resolve those matters favorably.  I have experience managing all aspects of litigation, including settlement negotiations, mediations, litigation strategy, and local counsel. I regularly prepare corporate witnesses for depositions, testimony and mediations and have experience in representing clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including private mediation and commercial arbitration. My experience includes complex commercial, real estate, consumer, and loan-level litigation related to consumer lending, including interbank disputes involving M&A issues and loan participations, as well as suits alleging a variety of Federal consumer credit protection claims, including the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), and Higher Education Act (HEA). I have handled litigation involving a wide variety of financial products and issues. I also counsel my clients on compliance issues to mitigate ongoing litigation risk.  

Outside of the financial services and insurance industries, I provide litigation services for a wide variety of matters arising out of commercial and business disputes. I have experience with complex commercial litigation and counsel clients across a broad spectrum of issues, including contract matters, M&A litigation, real estate disputes, alternative dispute resolution, negotiated settlements, and risk management matters. 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Litigation: 50%
    18 years
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
    15 years
  3. Consumer Protection: 15%
    15 years
  4. Banking: 15%
    15 years

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LeClairRyan

2318 Mill Road
Suite 1100
Alexandria, VA, 22314

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 200711/29/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law199709/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Washington D.C. & Baltimore’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015The American Lawyer2015
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising StarVirginia Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLeClairRyan2011 - Present
PrincipalMiles & Stockbridge, PC2001 - 2011
AssociateSands Anderson, PC1999 - 2001
Staff AttorneyMcGuire Woods1997 - 1999
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Association of Defense AttorneysN/A2014 - Present
Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) AllianceSecretary, Potomac Region Chapter2013 - 2014
Alexandria Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Community Associations InstituteN/A2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
George Mason American Inn of CourtBarrister, 2008 - 2012; Chairman, Awards Committee, 2009 - 20102008 - 2011
District of Columbia BarN/A2007 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Virginia State BarN/A1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Crews v. S & S Serv. Ctr. Inc., 848 F. Supp. 2d 595 (E.D. Va. 2012)Arbitration award in favor of client
Murdoch v. Rosenberg & Associates, LLC, 2013 WL 1209144 (D. Md. 2013)Dismissal of class allegations and all but one individual FDCPA claims
Murdoch v. Rosenberg & Associates, LLC, 875 F. Supp. 2d 6 (D.D.C. 2012)Dismissal for improper venue and transfer of venue
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
The Rocket Docket NewsEastern District Rules on New Statute of Limitations2009
ABA Business Law Section newsletterFACTA May Not Bar Later Fair Credit Suits2009
University of Richmond Law ReviewTechnology Law2002
University of Richmond Law ReviewInsurance Law2001
University of Richmond Law ReviewInsurance Law2000
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of RichmondN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI)We’ve Been Sued! Now What?2012
Fall 2012 USLAW Network Client ConferenceFast and Furious: The Business Litigation Five-Minute Drill2012
Fall 2012 USLAW Network Client ConferenceUpdates on Frequent Issues in Mortgage, Credit Card, Credit Reporting, Debt Collection, Retail Financing and Student Loan Litigation2012
Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar AssociationVirginia Consumer Credit Protection Litigation2011
ABA Business Law Section Spring MeetingGotcha: A Survey of Hidden Traps for the Unwary in Several Practice Areas2010
U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary CommitteeAn Undue Hardship? Discharging Educational Debt in Bankruptcy2009
National Council of Higher Education ResourcesBankruptcy Developments2009
ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee Winter MeetingEthical Issues in Consumer Financial Services Practice2008