James C. Freije


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  • University of Baltimore School of Law, JD
  • The College of William & Mary, BA
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Jim counsels clients involving state and federal governmental investigations, accountants’ liability, campaign finance, and complex commercial disputes, as well as other regulatory, criminal and compliance matters. Jim advises clients in all aspects of eDiscovery matters and manages large-scale document productions both in the United States and abroad.

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 is a two-time recipient of the McGuireWoods Excellence Award for his pro bono contributions and international practice achievements.

Keeping up with current legal trends, judicial opinions, and new legislation are imperative to a successful law practice. I strive to provide that same up-to-date attention and thoroughness to strengthen our client relationships.

James C Freije
T: +1 202 857 1702F: +1 202 828 33142001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

Representation involving internal investigation of foreign financial institution in connection with potential violations of OFAC regulations relating to Iran Sanctions.

Representation of companies and individuals in administrative and criminal investigations of suspected or alleged violations of campaign finance laws.

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

Representation of a prominent financial institution in class action litigation surrounding the Enron scandal.

Representation of major financial institutions in litigation and compliance regarding foreclosure issues.

Representation of major financial institutions involving sales practices.

Representation of prominent financial institutions and accounting firms in matters of state and federal government investigations and compliance.

Representation of financial institutions and corporations in connection with responding to federal and state subpoenas.

Representation of corporations and individuals involved in SEC and DOJ investigations.

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

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