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James A. King

Columbus, Washington, D.C.
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  • 41 South High Street
    Suite 2900
    Columbus, OH 43215
  • 1900 K Street, NW
    Suite 1110
    Washington, D.C. 20006

Contact Information

Jim is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department where his practice focuses on complex business and corporate litigation involving commercial disputes, securities claims, class actions, and regulatory enforcement actions. He has represented companies, boards of directors, and special committees in investigations concerning regulatory compliance, False Claims Act, securities, shareholder derivative, FCPA and whistleblower matters. He has extensive experience defending companies and public entities in toxic tort cases, environmental enforcement actions, and citizen suits.

Jim also leads the firm’s Government Contracts practice. His experience in this area is both as counselor and a litigator. He has broad-based experience assisting contractors and subcontractors in a wide range of federal, state, and local procurement matters, including contract formation issues and strategies, bid protests, contract performance and interpretation disputes, labor standards, patent and technical data protection, post-performance audits, internal investigations, and fraud allegations.

Jim is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and is recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer®. He has an AV-rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Before joining the Firm, Jim served in the Pentagon as an Assistant to the General Counsel in the Office of the Secretary of the Army. From 1992 to 1994, he was an associate with a large Washington, D.C. law firm.

Representative Engagements


  • Lead attorney for defendants in patent law malpractice action arising from prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications. Davis v. Brouse McDowell, L.P.A., 596 F.3d 1355 (Fed. Cir. 2010)
  • Counsel for utility company in defending environmental enforcement action brought by the USEPA. United States v. Cinergy, 623 F.3d 966 (7th Cir. 2010)
  • Counsel to a publicly traded company in a shareholder derivative action. Sandesara v., PECO II, Inc., 8th Dist. App. No. 96532, 2011-Ohio-5927.
  • Counsel to publicly traded companies in defending securities fraud and class action claims. In re Huntington Bancshares Sec. Litig., 674 F. Supp. 2d 951(S.D. Ohio 2009); Gruhn v. Tween Brands, Inc., 2:07-cv-852 et al., 2009 WL1542795 (S.D. Ohio June 3, 2009).
  • Counsel for public officials in defending against civil rights claims. Daily Sers., LLC v. Valentino, 751F.3d 893 (6th Cir. June 26, 2014).
  • Counsel for special committee of a board of publicly-held utility investigating shareholder claims against the company's directors and officers.

Government Contracts

  • Conducted internal investigation and successful resolution of contract fraud claims against a NASA prime contractor.
  • Conducted internal investigation into contract fraud claims against a military prime contractor.
  • Represented major Department of Energy cleanup contractor in multiple areas of federal procurement law.
  • Advise government prime and subcontractors on intellectual property and cost accounting matters.
  • Successfully defended prime contractor against multiple claims by subcontractors.
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