James L. McGinnis: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

James L. McGinnis


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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations
  • Toxic Torts and Products Liability
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
University Yale University, B.A., 1976
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Berkeley, J.D., 1979
Admitted1979, Pennsylvania; 1980, California


•Member, Antitrust, Litigation and Criminal Justice-White Collar Sections, American Bar Association

•Member, State Bar of California

•Member, Bar Association of San Francisco

•Member, Antitrust Section's Committee on Criminal Practice and Procedure, ABA


James McGinnis is a partner in the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office. Mr. McGinnis was formerly an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern and Central Districts of California, serving in the Criminal Division from 1984-1988.

Areas of Practice

Mr. McGinnis specializes in complex litigation and white collar criminal matters with a focus on antitrust issues, often in the international arena. His complex litigation experience also includes parallel criminal/civil cases, class actions, securities and mass tort matters. In addition, Mr. McGinnis regularly conducts internal investigations and compliance reviews. He serves as U.S. national counsel directing the defense of criminal and civil litigation for leading international businesses in a wide variety of industries. Recognized by Chambers & Partners and Best Lawyers in America, Mr. McGinnis often has been selected by his peers and the courts as defense liaison counsel in complex multi-district class action litigation.

Mr. McGinnis is an accomplished trial lawyer and has extensive first chair jury trial experience in complex civil and criminal matters and major mass tort cases. In over 30 years of practice, Mr. McGinnis has tried 40 cases, 22 of which were trials in state or federal court.

Mr. McGinnis has defended corporations and individuals in criminal cases and grand jury matters involving alleged price-fixing and other anti-competitive conduct, insider trading, government fraud and defense contracting fraud, and environmental violations, among other matters.

Mr. McGinnis is regularly quoted in the National Law Journal and other publications on antitrust and class action legal issues.


Legal 500, 2012, 2013

•Top Antitrust Lawyers, Chambers USA, 2009-2014

•Named to the Irish Legal 100, published by the Irish Voice Newspaper, September 2010

•Northern California Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, 2010-2013

•Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2006-2014

•Marquis' Who's Who in America, 2008-2011

•Marquis' Who's Who in American Law, 2008-2012


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James L. McGinnis

Seventeenth Floor, Four Embarcadero Center
San FranciscoCA 94111


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