James A. Mitchell


Tel 646.346.8006
Fax 212.223.1942
New York

James A. Mitchell focuses on criminal and civil litigation as well as regulatory matters within the securities industry. Jim's criminal representations encompass securities fraud, tax evasion, antitrust, commercial bribery, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, government procurement fraud, money laundering, bank fraud, and environmental crime. He also handles a broad spectrum of civil litigation, including commercial contract disputes, defense of § 1983 civil rights claims, securities fraud, and claims of employment discrimination and sexual harassment.

Jim represents professionals in the financial, medical, and legal fields in high-profile matters. Specific criminal cases he has worked on include:

  • The trial of a former executive charged by the New York County District Attorney in a corporate misconduct matter
  • The trial of a criminal antitrust matter brought by the Department of Justice concerning the municipal bond industry
  • Representation of a technology company in connection with allegations of government procurement fraud; the matter involved substantial litigation under the Classified Information Procedures Act
  • Representation of employees of a multinational provider of logistics and supply services in connection with a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation
  • The trial of a securities fraud and commercial bribery case concerning a software services company
  • Representation of numerous individuals relating to recent probes by the New York County D.A. of the City’s building management industry
  • Representation of an NYSE floor broker accused of unlawful trading
  • Representation of an executive of a large vitamin manufacturer under investigation for antitrust violations
  • Representation of several defendants in recent cases brought in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York concerning manipulation of financial/accounting information by public companies

Beyond these traditional white collar matters, Jim has represented a woman charged with assault when her dog allegedly attacked another person, a well-known supermarket chain in a coupon fraud investigation, and a prominent recording artist in extensive bail litigation in the New York State appellate courts.

Civil matters in which Jim has been involved include participation in an arbitration over the renovation of a prominent New York hotel, the defense of several municipal officials accused of civil rights violations, and the representation of a national medical products manufacturer in a products liability suit.

Professional Activities

New York City Bar Association

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, 2005-present; past member, Committees on Professional and Judicial Ethics (1997-2000) and Criminal Advocacy (2001-2004)

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, litigation: white-collar crime & government investigations (New York), 2018-2020

Named to Super Lawyers, 2009-2017

Recent Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Antitrust and the New Administration: Insights Into Enforcement and Policy, and What Companies Should Do Now to Prepare," Ballard Spahr webinar, December 3, 2020

Speaker, "The Trouble With Trebles," Ballard Spahr CLE Program, October 16, 2018

Speaker, "Everyday Antitrust Issues: You Don't Know What You Don't Know," Ballard Spahr CLE Program, October 12, 2017 

"Back to the Future: A CLE Focused on Antitrust Basics, the Evolution of Antitrust Law, and Ethical Pitfalls," Ballard Spahr CLE Program, November 16, 2015

"FIRREA: What Banks and Other Consumer Financial Service Providers Need To Know," Ballard Spahr webinar, October 9, 2014

"Keeping a Watchful Eye: The Unique Aspects of the DOJ's Antitrust Division," Ballard Spahr webinar, October 2, 2014

"Will the SEC Target You Next? What To Expect in Municipal Enforcement in 2014," Ballard Spahr webinar, February 12, 2014

University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1989, cum laude)
Member, Law Review; Member, Order of the Coif

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business (B.S. 1986, cum laude) and College of Arts & Sciences (B.A. 1986, cum laude)

New York

U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit