Jim McLoughlin brings commitment, passion, and more than 35 years of cutting-edge experience to the civil disputes, criminal investigations, and trials that he strives to resolve for clients. Jim’s critical thinking, relentless preparation, and experienced perspective delivers effective results for clients.


Jim has dedicated his career to winning civil and criminal cases. He has litigated for clients in state court, federal court, and in arbitration across the country. He has litigated over 40 state and federal appeals. Jim advocates for clients in regulatory and criminal investigations and cases conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the IRS, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, and various state attorneys general.

His international work has included matters in Latin America (most often Brazil and Argentina), in the U.K. and the European Union, South Africa, and in the Asia-Pacific region, including Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia. 

Whether preparing for trial or fighting class certification, conducting a global investigation for a Fortune 50 enterprise, or developing the legal arguments to effectively frame a client’s position in a criminal or civil case, Jim’s clients can expect careful front-end planning, transparent communication, and productive partnerships with advisors and resources.

Civil Litigation

Jim has prosecuted one of the few class actions brought against a defendant class under ERISA, tried a securities fraud class action to a jury, represented clients in antitrust class actions alleging collusion in markets from travelling nurse services in Arizona, and handled cases involving foreign exchange pricing in New York and London. Jim has successfully represented public companies and entrepreneurs in securities, governance, and shareholders rights arbitrations and court cases. He has litigated across the spectrum of business disputes and has long been a “go to” lawyer in complex securities, antitrust, and business cases. Jim’s priority is to be sure our client’s story is told clearly and well. 

Representative Experience


  • Representing Royal Bank of Canada in In re Foreign Exchange Benchmark Rates Antitrust Litigation, (U.S.D.Ct. S.D.N.Y, 1:13-CV-07789-LGS), and Allianz v. Bank of America, et al., (U.S.D.Ct. S.D.N.Y. 1:18-cv-10364) and related foreign exchange cases
  • Successful prosecution of class actions over the vesting of certain medical benefits under ERISA in U.S. district courts in Minnesota, Ohio and California. See, Rexam Inc. v. United Steel Workers of America, 2006 WL 2530304 (U.S. Dist. Ct., D. Minn.)
  • Won a jury trial on behalf of a minority shareholder claiming breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and theft of corporate assets. Blythe v. Bell (N.C. Sup. Ct. 11-cvs-933; 2012 NCBC 42 July 26, 2012)
  • Won jury trial defending against claims of breach of contract, bad faith, and theft of intellectual property and defended the verdict on appeal. Robert A. Johns v. Rexam Medical Packaging, 2005 WL 1308319 (M.D. Ga. June 1, 2005), aff’d 2006 WL 1071854 (11th Cir. 2006)
  • Won jury trial on directed verdict defending against claims of breach of contract, bad faith, and theft of intellectual property and defended the verdict on appeal. Robert A. Johns v. Rexam Medical Packaging, 2005 WL 1308319 (M.D. Ga. June 1, 2005), aff’d 2006 WL 1071854 (11th Cir. 2006)
  • Successful defense of public company from fraud charges arising from merger. Lentine v. Fairpoint Communications, Inc., (Case No. 3:17-cv51 W.D.N.C. 2017)
  • Represented a national healthcare company in the defense of an antitrust class action alleging price-fixing in the employment of hospital staff. Johnson v. Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (U.S.D.Ct., D.Az. 07-cv-01292)
  • Won a FINRA arbitration defending a client against multi-million dollar Sarbanes-Oxley and state law claims brought by a terminated trading employee who alleged he was terminated for whistleblowing (Martin v. Banc of America Securities)
  • Defended a national broker dealer against a class action arising from a criminal Ponzi scheme. Mancuso v. Charles R. Schwab & Co., (U.S. Dist. Ct., D.S.C., 2:07-cv-03852)

White Collar & Regulatory

  • Defended the former CEO of a national poultry producer against criminal antitrust conspiracy charges alleging price-fixing and big rigging across three consecutive trials. United States v. Penn, et al., (Case No. 20-cr-00152-PAB-8 D.Colo. 2020-2022)
  • Defended the first criminal fraud case and asset seizure brought by North Carolina state authorities related to cryptocurrencies. (State v. Calabro, (Sup. Ct. Guilford Co., N.C.18-CR-090131)
  • Defended at trial the first VOIP provider indicted for alleged participation in a cross-border fraud conspiracy. United States v. Dodt, (U.S. D. Ct. W.D.N.C. 3:15-cr-00213)(2019)
  • Principal counsel for a major U.S. international bank in response to the government investigations in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific related to LIBOR and other reference rates
  • Represented major U.S. financial institution in the investigation by and settlement with the DOJ and CFTC of market manipulation in the precious metals market
  • Represented a national mortgage broker in a fraud action by the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks. State of North Carolina Commissioner of Banks v. W.R. Starkey Mortgage, (Sup. Ct. Wake County, N.C. 09-cvs-023513)
  • Conducted a multi-jurisdictional international investigation on behalf of a client to respond to international regulatory inquiries regarding the Panama Papers
  • Principal counsel for a major U.S. international bank in the government investigations in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific related to foreign exchange trading
  • Assisted an international bank client with the management of its litigation portfolio, including tax, civil, regulatory, and labor matters in South America.
  • Successfully represented a client in a state attorney general investigation of sales practices by placement agents in dealings with state pension officials
  • Represented the Bank of America Corporation in the investigation by and settlement with the attorney general of North Carolina arising from its merger with Merrill Lynch
  • Conducted a successful, accelerated internal investigation of financial misreporting in a client's division to preserve the sale of the division
  • Represented one of two defendants in the first anti-terrorism jury trial after the September 11 tragedy. U.S. v. Chawki Hammoud, (U.S. Dist. Ct., W.D.N.C. 3:00-cr-147)
  • Represented defendant against multiple charges arising from conspiracy to assassinate the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia by the Libyan government. E.g., United States v. Alamoudi, (U.S. Dist. Ct. E.D.Va. 03-M-1009)

Civil & Criminal Appeals

  • Successfully represented independent directors of Reynolds American arising from the acquisition of Lorillard by Reynolds American. Corwin v. British American Tobacco, PLC, et al., 796 S.E.2d 324 (N.C. App. 2016)
  • Successful appeal defending challenged design patent. Vanguard Identification Systems, Inc. v. Kappos, 407 Fed. Appx. 479 (Fed. Cir. 2011)
  • Successful defense on appeal of judgment of dismissal of claims arising from defaulted aircraft lease in Brazil. Paulicopter Cia. v. Bank of America, N.A., 182 A.D. 3d 458 (App. Div. First Dept. 2020)
  • Represented petitioner in en banc appeal of denial of habeas corpus petition. Hammoud v. Ma’at, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 24793, 2022 WL 3904659 (5th Cir. August 31, 2022)(en banc)
  • Successful appeal of sentence to the U.S. Supreme Court after en banc decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (381 F. 3d 316). United States v. Mohamad Hammoud, 543 U.S. 1097 (2005)
  • Challenged armed career criminal determination on Apprendi and definitional grounds in advance of Wooden v. United States, 142 S. Ct. 1063 (2022). United States v. Kevin Smith, 703 Fed. Appx. 174 (4th Cir. 2017)



  • Legal 500 US, Corporate Investigations White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2024
  • Named to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Litigators in America list, 2022-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Charlotte Litigation-Banking and Finance "Lawyer of the Year," 2012; Charlotte Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) "Lawyer of the Year," 2020, 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation - Banking & Finance; Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation - Securities, 2009-2024; Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions, 2022, 2024; Litigation - Antitrust, 2024
  • Chambers USA - North Carolina, Litigation: General Commercial, 2006-2024, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2021-2024, (“He is a ‘fantastic litigator, who is very, very good at what he does….’”)
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Litigation, 2023
  • Awarded the AV Preeminent™ Judicial Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star", Appellate, Civil, Criminal, Corporate Governance, General Commercial, Healthcare, Internal Investigations & Securities, 2010-2024
  • Super Lawyers, "Top 100" list North Carolina, 2011, 2022-2024
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers list, “Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Charlotte, NC”, 2006-2024
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018-2023
  • Recipient of the Sally and Bill Van Allen Public Service Award





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  • Law Clerk to Hon. Eugene Gordon, Senior Judge, United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers



Jim has published on a number of subjects:

His writings have been cited by a number of courts as contributing to the rationale for decisions, including U.S. district courts in Colorado and California:

His writings have been cited by in a number of publications, including the Yale Law Journal, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. Here is a sampling:


J.D., Duke University; Order of the Coif;

Articles Editor, Duke Law Journal

B.A., College of the Holy Cross, cum laude;

Phi Beta Kappa


  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Eighth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit
  • District Court of the District of Columbia
  • All North Carolina Federal District Courts
  • All New York Federal District Courts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
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“James is always thinking about the interests of the clients and the best way to minimize risks. He's strategic but also isn't shy of getting involved in the detail.” - Chambers, 2024

Chambers USA - North Carolina, Litigation: General Commercial, 2006-2024, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2021-2024

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