James R.Wooley (Jim)

Partner

Cleveland + 1.216.586.7345

Jim Wooley, a trial attorney and former federal prosecutor, represents businesses and individuals in high-stakes government investigations, criminal litigation, and commercial disputes. He also conducts internal investigations into allegations of corruption, fraud, and other misconduct.

Jim's matters involve antitrust, health care fraud, securities fraud, public corruption, environmental crimes, customs law violations, and other criminal statutes. He regularly conducts global internal investigations related to potential fraud and FCPA violations. He has successfully represented clients in matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as the SEC, DEA, EPA, FDA, OFAC, and other federal, state, and local agencies.

At the DOJ, Jim handled cases involving racketeering, public corruption, murder, fraud, money laundering, and other federal crimes. 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 D.A. in Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau's office.

Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been appointed to chair the selection committee for the Federal Defender for the Northern District of Ohio, to act as special prosecutor in cases alleging prosecutorial misconduct, to oversee an audit of the Cleveland Police Department Crime Laboratory, and to investigate allegations of fraud within the Cleveland City School District. He is a member of the Public Defender Commission for Cuyahoga County (Cleveland).

Jim was an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve law school, teaching advanced criminal procedure for 20 years.

Experience

  • Weltman wins complete defense verdict in litigation brought by Consumer Financial Protection BureauJones Day client Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA ("Weltman") secured a complete defense verdict in litigation brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB").
  • Hyster-Yale acquires 75% of Zhejiang Maximal Forklift TruckJones Day advised Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. in its $90 million acquisition of 75% of the outstanding shares of, and a controlling interest in, Zhejiang Maximal Forklift Company Limited from KNSN Pipe and Pile Company Limited.
  • Owens Corning issues $600 million of 4.300% Senior Notes in public offeringJones Day represented Owens Corning, a global developer and producer of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites, in connection with its underwritten public offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of 4.300% Senior Notes due 2047.
  • Board of Trustees conducts internal investigation into allegations that football program covered up sexual assault incidentsJones Day was retained by the Board of Trustees of a national university to conduct an internal investigation into whether the university's Division 1 football program violated university policy and other laws by covering up incidents of sexual assault involving football players.
  • Auto parts manufacturer investigated by federal authorities for involvement in issues relating to unsafe vehicle operationsJones Day represented an auto parts manufacturer in investigations conducted by the DOJ, SEC and NHTSA into whether the client and other automotive companies committed violations in connection with alleged unsafe acceleration of vehicles.
  • Multinational company reports results of internal investigation of alleged FCPA violations to SEC, which takes no actionOn behalf of a multinational company doing business in oil and gas in the Asia-Pacific, South America, and Mexico, Jones Day conducted an internal investigation into allegations of corrupt payments made to procure business.
  • Owens Corning issues $400 million of 3.400% Senior Notes in public offeringJones Day represented Owens Corning, a global developer and producer of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites, in connection with its underwritten public offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 3.400% Senior Notes due 2026.
  • Independent living facility chain resolves FCA investigationJones Day represented a national chain of independent living facilities in a False Claims Act case involving whether the company facilitated residents in abusing a Veterans Administration program to obtain funds to cover their rents.
  • Custodial bank successfully defends against Department of Justice pay-to-play investigationJones Day successfully represented a custodial bank in a Department of Justice investigation involving pay-to-play allegations related to the bank's contract with a state treasurer to hold billions of dollars in public pension assets.
  • Sherwin-Williams issues $800 million of Senior Notes in public offeringJones Day represented The Sherwin-Williams Company, a leading global developer, manufacturer, distributor and retailer of paint, coatings and related products, in connection with its issuance of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 3.450% Senior Notes due 2025 and $400 million aggregate principal amount of 4.55% Senior Notes due 2045 in a public offering.
  • Cardinal Health obtains dismissal of suit alleging pharmaceutical companies contributed to "epidemic of prescription drug abuse"Jones Day client Cardinal Health, Inc. obtained dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Fulton County, Georgia that alleged Cardinal Health and other pharmaceutical distribution companies were to blame for a growing prescription-drug epidemic.
  • Sherwin-Williams acquires the U.S./Canada business of Comex for $165 millionJones Day advised The Sherwin-Williams Company in its acquisition of the U.S./Canada business of Consorcio Comex, S.A. de C.V., a leader in the paint and coatings market in Mexico, for $165 million.
  • Jones Day represents Cleveland kidnapping survivors on pro bono basisThe Firm is representing on a pro bono basis Amanda Berry, her minor daughter, and Gina DeJesus, three of the survivors in the Cleveland kidnapping and captivity case uncovered in early May.
  • Business owner undergoes industry wide corruption probe and negotiates favorable plea agreementJones Day represented a business owner in an industry wide corruption probe in which several targets were convicted of bribery and sentenced to multiple year prison terms.
  • Chemical manufacturing company conducts internal investigation into allegations head of foreign sales office paid bribes to customers and embezzled substantial moniesJones Day, on behalf of a chemical manufacturing company, conducted an internal investigation of allegations the head of foreign sales office paid bribes to customers and embezzled substantial monies from the company.
  • Chemical manufacturing company obtains No Action Letter from OFAC after investigation of alleged indirect shipments into Iran through foreign sales offices in violation of embargoJones Day, on behalf of a chemical manufacturing company, obtained a No Action Letter from OFAC after investigation of alleged indirect shipments into Iran through foreign sales offices in violation of embargo.
  • Healthcare services company conducts internal investigation into allegations that company knowingly purchased pharmaceutical products from alternative source vendors lacking proper registration and in subsequent DOJ/FDA investigationJones Day, on behalf of a healthcare services company, conducted an internal investigation of allegations that the company knowingly purchased pharmaceutical products from alternative source vendors who lacked proper registration.
  • Healthcare services company conducts internal investigation into alleged anticompetitive activity and DOJ investigationJones Day, on behalf of a healthcare services company, conducted an internal investigation of alleged anticompetitive activity and successfully represented company in subsequent DOJ investigation of same.
  • Healthcare services company conducts internal investigation of allegations of retaliation against former employee in SEC accounting fraud investigation and obtains declination from OSHAJones Day, on behalf of a healthcare services company, conducted an internal investigation of allegations of retaliation against former employee who alleged he was discharged for cooperating in SEC accounting fraud investigation.
  • International manufacturing company avoids charges in joint DOJ/SEC investigation of alleged corruption in connection with operations in Asia Pacific regionJones Day successfully represented an international manufacturing company in a joint DOJ/SEC investigation of alleged corruption in connection with operations in Asia Pacific region.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • December 3, 2013
      A Civil Action: The Civil Implications of a Criminal Investigation, Jones Day CLE Academy 2013
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