James H. Walsh


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  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review, 1975
  • Bridgewater College, BA, 1968
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Member, Antitrust and Litigation Sections, American Bar Association

Board of Governors, Antitrust Section, 1984-1990; Chairman, Antitrust Section, 1986-1987, Virginia State Bar

Past Chairman, Section of Criminal Law, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Richmond Bar Association

Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Member, Defense Research Institute

Secretary, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee; Committee on Development and Public Relations; Committee on Buildings and Grounds, Bridgewater College

Jim is former chairman of the firm's antitrust and trade regulation department. He concentrates his practice on trade regulation, but litigates and advises clients on a broad spectrum of issues, including commercial litigation, class actions, franchising, products liability, sports law and white collar crime matters.

Jim is a past chairman of the Antitrust Section of the Virginia State Bar, and a past chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association. His career as a litigator and legal counselor has been recognized by his inclusion in a number of prestigious publications recognizing achievement in the legal profession, including "Best Lawyers in America," Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite," "Best of the United States," and Who's Who in American Law.

Jim has taken many civil cases to verdict in areas ranging from antitrust and commercial litigation, to products liability, defamation and intellectual property matters. He has extensive experience in complex class action and multidistrict litigation; distribution and franchising; auto racing, where he has represented drivers, owners and sponsors associated with NASCAR's NEXTEL Cup series; mediation and arbitration; Consumer Product Safety Commission issues; and product labeling, warnings and instructions. 

Jim's criminal litigation experience is equally varied. He twice has been appointed by federal judges to criminally prosecute contempt charges against federal agencies or employees, and he has defended a number of criminal price-fixing matters in such diverse industries as paper, highway paving, soft drink bottling, vitamins and insurance. He also has extensive experience representing clients appearing before federal and state grand juries.

For many years, Jim has served as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in its Southeastern Regional Trial Advocacy Program given each year at the North Carolina University School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He also has served as an adjunct professor for the T.C. Williams School of Law's Trial Advocacy Program.

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James H Walsh
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Selected for inclusion as a "Leading Lawyer," Antitrust: Civil Litigation and Class Action, Virginia, Legal 500 US, 2017

Selected for inclusion in “Client Service All Stars,” Antitrust Litigation and Government Investigations, BTI Consulting Group, 2016

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Antitrust, Richmond, Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2014, 2016 

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Law, Litigation-Antitrust, Woodward/White, Inc., 2003-2009, 2013-2017

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Antitrust Litigation, Business Litigation, Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2017

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Law, Marquis Who's Who, 1985-2008

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who, 1994-1996, 2001-2004, 2008, 2009, 2011-2013

Named to "Legal Elite," Virginia Business Magazine

Selected for inclusion in the Best of the United States, Commercial Litigation