Jim Wooley's practice involves representing public and private corporations and business professionals in federal, state, and local criminal investigations. He also conducts internal investigations into allegations of employee misconduct, fraud, or other business crimes.
Jim's matters involve antitrust, criminal tax, health care fraud, securities fraud, public corruption (including the FCPA), environmental crimes, customs law violations, and other criminal statutes. He has successfully represented clients in matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as the SEC, IRS, EPA, FDA, NASA, NRC, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Jim served as a federal prosecutor handling criminal cases involving racketeering, public corruption, murder, fraud, money laundering, and other federal crimes. At the DOJ, he received awards for his work prosecuting notable cases, including RICO cases against organized crime families, the landmark forensic DNA case in the U.S., and the largest police corruption case in FBI history at that time. He also served as an assistant in Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau's office.
Jim is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been appointed by courts to chair the Merit Selection Committee for the federal defender position for the Northern District of Ohio, to act as special prosecutor in cases alleging prosecutorial misconduct, and to oversee an audit of the Cleveland Police Department Crime Laboratory. In 2005, he was appointed by Cleveland's mayor to investigate allegations of fraud within the Cleveland City School District.
Jim is an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law, teaching advanced criminal procedure.
Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice (1990-2000) and Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office (1982-1986)
Jones Day represents Cleveland kidnapping survivors on pro bono basis
Honors & Distinctions
Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers USA Recipient of U.S. Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, FBI Director's Excellence Investigations Award, and Assistant U.S. Attorney of the Year Award
American College of Trial Lawyers. Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office, 1982-1986. Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, 1990-2000. Adjunct Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University, 1995—.