James C. Freije


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  • University of Baltimore School of Law, JD, Managing Editor, Intellectual Property Law Journal
    , 2002
  • The College of William & Mary, BA, Government, 1998
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Jim is a member of the firm's Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Department, serving clients primarily in regulatory, criminal and compliance matters, as well as in the resolution of complex commercial disputes. Jim is also involved with all aspects of eDiscovery matters for the firm and manages large-scale document productions both in the United States and abroad.

Jim participates in the defense of prominent financial institutions and accounting firms in investigations conducted by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). James also represents financial institutions and accounting firms in complex commercial litigation.

Jim’s prior work experience includes work as a legal intern in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and as a legal assistant with the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute’s Office of Business Development and Technology Transfer.

Jim devotes his time to pro bono causes, including participation with the Wills for Heroes program and immigration matters.

James C Freije
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Conducted internal investigations for prominent financial institutions to ensure compliance with government regulations.

Representation of a prominent financial institution in class action litigation related to the mortgage industry.

Representation of a prominent accounting firm in class action securities litigation.

Author, "DOJ, FCPA and Pharma: Participation Pays," Subject to Inquiry legal blog, April 18, 2011
Author, "The Continued Push for the National Export Initiative and Export Control Reform," Subject to Inquiry legal blog, November 3, 2010
Author, "SEC Uses SOX 'Clawback' to Force the Return of Compensation from Former CEO," Subject to Inquiry legal blog, July 7, 2010
Speaker, "SEC Actions Against Lawyers," SEC Compliance and Disclosure Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, May 20, 2014
Speaker, "Reg M Update – Recent Short Selling Cases," SEC Compliance, Disclosure and Enforcement Update, McGuireWoods LLP SEC Practice Complimentary Webinar Series, October 22, 2013
SEC Approves New PCAOB Auditor Reporting Standards, Subject to Inquiry, November 6, 2017
Supreme Court Says No to Appellate Gamesmanship, Class Action Countermeasures, June 14, 2017
PCAOB Adopts Audit Engagement Partner Disclosure, Subject to Inquiry, January 14, 2016
Challenge to CFPB’s Auto Lending Guidance, Subject to Inquiry, November 19, 2015
FY2015 SEC Enforcement Report, Subject to Inquiry, October 28, 2015
CFPB Drives Action Against Auto-Finance Company, Subject to Inquiry, July 1, 2015
PCAOB Update: 2015 Budget and Broker-Dealer Audits, Subject to Inquiry, February 20, 2015
An Update on Rule 105 Enforcement, Subject to Inquiry, March 3, 2014
Don't Sell Yourself Short: Rule 105 Compliance, Subject to Inquiry, September 19, 2013