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.



  • Named to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Litigators in America list, 2022
  • 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, 2009-2023; Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions, 2022
  • Chambers USA - North Carolina, Litigation: General Commercial, 2006-2022, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2021-2022, (“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, 2010-2023
  • Super Lawyers, "Top 100" list North Carolina, 2011, 2022-2023
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers list, “Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Charlotte, NC”, 2006-2023
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018-2021
  • 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
  • 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
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
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"I have complete confidence in Jim, he goes above and beyond for his clients." "He's very smart and experienced." - Chambers, 2022

Chambers USA - North Carolina, Litigation: General Commercial, 2006-2022, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2021-2022

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