James D. Wareham

James D. Wareham

  • Partner
  • Litigation
  • Washington, DC
  • T:   +1.202.639.7040
  • F:   +1.202.639.7003
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James D. Wareham (“Jamie”) is Fried Frank's Global Chair of the Litigation Department, resident in the Firm's Washington, DC office.

For the past 30 years, Mr. Wareham has successfully defended numerous high-profile corporations in the banking, commodities, energy, defense, and consumer products sectors, many facing overlapping civil and criminal exposure with wide-ranging implications. As reflected in the below list of representative matters, he has served as lead counsel on behalf of multinational public companies, boards of directors, and senior executives in the defense of securities class actions, in connection with cross-border government investigations, and in proceedings before the United States Congress.

Mr. Wareham routinely advises company leadership, boards of directors, and special committees on complex and sophisticated financial matters and shareholder dispute issues. He has also led internal investigations around the globe arising out of bribery allegations, securities and accounting irregularities, and related matters.

Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Wareham served as a partner with a large international law firm. Before that, he served as the Global Chair of Litigation for a US-based multi-national firm.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Wareham is recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Litigation: Securities and White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

Professional Associations

Mr. Wareham serves on the captive insurance company board of directors of the Children’s National Medical Center. In addition, he serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the Board of Visitors of the Northwestern University School of Law.

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

District of Columbia

Practices & Industries


Northwestern University School of Law, JD – 1986
  • Member, Journal of International Law and Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA – 1981
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