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James Ebert is a commercial litigator who assists clients with avoiding, managing, and resolving a range of commercial disputes through sound legal analysis, strategic guidance, and cost-efficient matter management. His practice is focused on high-stakes disputes, with particular attention on the construction and infrastructure sectors, joint venture disputes, and other complex disputes for large multinationals.

James has represented clients in the NSW and Queensland Supreme Courts, the Federal Court of Australia, and in appellate proceedings in the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia. He also has assisted in the successful negotiation and mediation of several major disputes.

His recent highlights include a number of major construction disputes, including a dispute with respect to the ETTT rail project in NSW, a series of successful adjudication applications for an EPC contractor in Queensland in relation to the Gladstone LNG Project (which recovered approximately $500 million) and several related proceedings in the Queensland Supreme Court, and a major dispute involving the Wiggins Coal Export Terminal. James also provides ongoing advice to a foreign multinational concerning a significant joint venture in Australia, including advising on contractual matters, litigation risk, and strategy.

Prior to joining Jones Day he worked at a major Australian firm, where he was involved in several large, complex disputes and litigation proceedings, including a high-profile multimillion dollar construction and development dispute in NSW and Queensland, and a significant securities and professional services class action in the Federal Court of Australia.


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