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James Cuthbertson

James Cuthbertson

also known as J. Douglas Cuthbertson, Doug Cuthbertson

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About me

I focus my practice on complex civil litigation. I represent businesses, insurance companies, financial institutions and individuals in the state and federal courts throughout Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as in arbitration and mediation.


I concentrate primarily on banking and consumer financial services litigation. I have significant experience defending financial institutions in class action and individual litigation brought under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Virginia Consumer Protection Act (VCPA) and other state and federal consumer credit protection laws. I have handled matters involving credit reports, debt collection, mortgage servicing, vehicle financing and wrongful foreclosure and other foreclosure avoidance claims. Additionally, I have testified before members of Congress on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, and represented student loan guarantors as amici curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court, concerning the undue hardship discharge for educational loans in bankruptcy.


I also represent clients in a broad range of tort and complex litigation.  I regularly represent clients in all phases of civil litigation in insurance liability defense matters, including premises liability, automobile liability defense, professional liability, and insurance coverage disputes. I also represent clients in commercial litigation, including matters involving breach of contract, commercial creditors’ rights, fraud, bankruptcy litigation, construction disputes, lender liability, and community association litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    18 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
    18 years
  3. Consumer Protection: 20%
    15 years
  4. Debt Collection: 10%
    15 years

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Contact info


2318 Mill Road
Suite 1100
Alexandria, VA, 22314


DCActive 200705/25/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law199709/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
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
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Association of Defense AttorneysN/A2014 - Present
Council on Litigation ManagementSecretary, Potomac Region Chapter2013 - Present
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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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
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