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.


The services Mr. McLoughlin provides to his diverse clients include: complex business litigation; corporate investigations; securities litigation and arbitration; class action litigation; and criminal defense. 

Mr. McLoughlin has extensive litigation and arbitration experience, including arbitrations before the NASD, the NYSE, the American Arbitration Association, and the International Chamber of Commerce; trials and appeals in numerous states; and international matters.

Mr. McLoughlin is currently representing clients under investigation related to financial matters by the Department of Justice, the SEC, the CFTC, the North Carolina Attorney General, and other U.S. agencies, as well as the U.K. Financial Services Authority.

He assists a client with the management of its litigation portfolio, including tax, civil, regulatory and labor matters in South America.

Recent internal investigations and criminal matters include:

  • He recently represented a healthcare company in the defense of an anti-trust class action in Arizona arising from alleged price-fixing by hospitals in the hiring and payment of hospital staff.
  • In 2009, Mr. McLoughlin represented a defendant in a federal criminal fraud case arising from a multi-national, multi-million dollar telephone sweepstakes fraud. 
  • After conducting an internal investigation of a whistleblower’s allegations of misconduct, he won an arbitration defending a client against multi-million dollar Sarbanes-Oxley and state law claims brought by the terminated employee, who alleged he was terminated because he was a whistleblower.
  • He represented the Bank of America Corporation in connection with the investigation of that corporation's merger with Merrill Lynch and related matters by the Attorney General of North Carolina.
  • Representing a public company client in an investigation by the SEC and others arising from the company’s restatement of earnings.
  • He supervised and conducted an internal investigation for a health care client during the sale of one of its operations when allegations of fraudulent recognition of revenue and lack of internal controls were made in the division to be sold.
  • He conducted an internal investigation of a public company client’s securities reporting and management procedures when the company determined unregistered shares had been sold to the public, and the resolution of those issues with the SEC.
  • He conducted an internal investigation in response to an SEC investigation regarding allegations of insider trading by a public company’s CEO.
  • Mr. McLoughlin conducted an internal investigation in response to allegations an employee of a financial institution was embezzling.  That investigation led to civil and criminal charges against the employee. 
  • Recently, Mr. McLoughlin supervised an internal investigation on behalf of an international medical device manufacturer into allegations individuals affiliated with the company endangered patients’ safety in procedures conducted outside the United States as the result of the knowing misuse of certain medical equipment.

Representative Experience


  • Successfully represented independent directors of Reynolds American in the North Carolina Business Court and in the North Carolina Court of Appeals arising from the acquisition of Lorillard by Reynolds American obtaining a dismissal of the case against them. Corwin v. British American Tobacco, PLC, et al., 796 S.E.2d 324 (N.C. App. 2016)
  • 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
  • Led the successful prosecution of one of the few defendants’ 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 in the North Carolina Business Court 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 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)
  • Represented a national healthcare company in the defense of an antitrust class action in Arizona arising from alleged price-fixing by hospitals 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 and settled the class action alleging fraud arising from custodial accounts harmed by a Ponzi schemer Mancuso v. Charles R. Schwab & Co., (U.S. Dist. Ct., D.S.C., 2:07-cv-03852) 
  • Successful appeal over challenged design patent. Vanguard Identification Systems, Inc. v. Kappos, 407 Fed. Appx. 479 (Fed. Cir. 2011)

White Collar & Regulatory

  • 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)
  • 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
  • Successfully defended and settled a fraud action by the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks on behalf of a national mortgage broker.  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, particularly in Brazil and Argentina
  • 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)
  • Defended and settled money laundering, IEEPA, and tax fraud charges against Abdulrahman al-Amoudi 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)
  • 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), see, United States v. Mohamad Hammoud, 543 U.S. 1097 (2005)



  • Awarded the AV Preeminent™ Judicial Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers Partners USA in North Carolina-Litigation: General Commercial, 2006-2021, (“He is a ‘fantastic litigator, who is very, very good at what he does….’”)
  • Chambers Partners USA in North Carolina- Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2021
  • 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
  • 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, 2009-2021
  • Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star", Appellate, Civil, Criminal, Corporate Governance, General Commercial, Healthcare, Internal Investigations & Securities, 2010-2021
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers list, “Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Charlotte, NC”, 2006-2021
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018-2020
  • Recipient of the Sally and Bill Van Allen Public Service Award





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Blog Posts



  • 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:


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

Phi Beta Kappa

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

Articles Editor, Duke Law Journal


  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • District Court of the District of Columbia
  • All North Carolina Federal District Courts
  • All New York Federal District Courts
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