James M. Thompson

James M. Thompson


Columbia University (B.A., 2003)
New York University School of Law (J.D., 2011)


Bar Admissions

New York

James Thompson is an associate in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster’s New York Office. His practice focuses on complex commercial and securities litigation, including regulatory enforcement matters and white collar criminal defense.

Prior to joining the firm, James served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Sweet of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, assisting with trials, drafting opinions, and advising the Judge on cases ranging from trademark disputes to regulatory actions to the multidistrict litigation arising from the initial public offering of Facebook, Inc. Before his clerkship, James worked in the New York office of a major national law firm, focusing on commercial and securities litigation.

Since joining MoFo, James’ representative matters include representing a major accounting firm in a confidential investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, defending an individual in connection with FCPA-related government investigations and a related civil matter, serving as part of the trial team defending a major global delivery company in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought by New York State and City, and representing shareholders of Rao’s Specialty Foods, Inc. in their successful effort to retake their company from entrenched management.

James received his J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where he was a Florence Allen Scholar and elected to the Order of the Coif. He spent the final semester of law school working for the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, where his investigatory and litigation work helped his client get off death row. He is admitted to practice in New York State and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

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