A Partner at Raiser & Kenniff, Jim's practice areas include commercial litigation, employment litigation, civil rightscases, trust & estate litigation, and criminal defense. He started his career at White & Case, where he practiced commercial litigation and international arbitration. Jim worked on fraud investigations, investigations by state and federal banking authorities, adversarial actions involving energy company bankruptcies, and an Egyptian steel plant arbitration for a Korean construction firm through the ICC. He also managed a team of associates and contract attorneys in Manhattan and Argentina for the defense of a Dutch multinational in a Multi District Litigation involving securities and ERISA class actions. Jim was active in asylum work for the Lawyer’s Committee on Human Rights and received the White & Case 2002 Pro Bono Award.
Jim then served in the New York City Law Department’s Affirmative Litigation Division, prosecuting civil cases on behalf of the City and its agencies. He helped secure a million dollar decision to pierce the corporate veil against contractors who fraudulently evaded Environmental Control Board fines. He personally conducted a bench trial on behalf of the NYPD Mounted Unit and helped defend the City in the suit by Madison Square Garden over the proposed 2012 Olympic Stadium.
As a former Counsel at Smith Valliere PLLC, Jim’s work included: the defense of Shana Madoff in the SIPA Trustee’s litigations; plaintiff work for the Oxbow Group in a Canadian promissory note dispute against AIG and Goldman Sachs; the defense of a European construction company involving Austria’s Kaprun ski train disaster; public policy litigation on behalf of New York ratepayers challenging the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)—a state-based consortium similar to “cap and trade” programs; and litigation against a Senior Vice President and his California Registered Investment Advisor employer concerning a fictitious hedge fund and securities fraud.
Languages spoken: Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Corpus Juris Secundum Award- Contracts||Corpus Juris Secundum||1996|
|Head of Litigation||Raiser & Kenniff, PC||2012 - Present|
|Instructor||Hofstra University||2011 - Present|
|Commercial Litigation Associate||Garfunkel Wild & Travis, PC||2007 - 2008|
|Affirmative Litigation Division||New York City Law Department||2005 - 2007|
|Associate||White & Case||2000 - 2005|
|Law Clerk||U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Martin||1999 - 2000|
|Hofstra University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|College of the Holy Cross||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|