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.

Throughout his 30-year career, Jamie has represented sophisticated clients in “bet-the-company” litigations as well as enforcement and regulatory matters. He is a trusted advisor to multinational public companies and company leadership, boards of directors, and special committees on complex financial matters and shareholder dispute issues.

He has successfully led litigation defense efforts on behalf of Perrigo, Under Armour, Aerie Pharmaceuticals, UBS, the former CEO of Fannie Mae, Lockheed Martin, Amec plc, Laidlaw, the former CFO of LyondellBasell and similar multinational corporations, boards of directors, and senior executives. Many of these clients were facing overlapping civil and criminal exposure with wide-ranging implications.

He has also led internal investigations around the globe arising out of bribery allegations, securities and accounting irregularities in connection with cross-border government investigations, and in proceedings before the United States Congress.

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 repeatedly recognized by such publications as Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Litigation: Securities and White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, praising him for his ability, “to provide complex board counsel with an understanding of the implications of his advice for criminal, SEC and civil litigation matters.” He is also recognized as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 in the category of Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense. He is viewed as a leader in his arena and is often requested to speak on developments in litigation and emerging trends. He spoke at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Compliance & Legal Society's Annual Seminar on “Handling a Global Regulatory Investigation.”

Professional Associations

Mr. Wareham serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and is an Active Member of the Law Board 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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