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James E. Gauch (Jim)


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  • The University of Chicago (J.D. with honors 1989; Comment Editor, Law Review); The Ohio State University (B.A. cum laude 1986; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia


  • Law Clerk to: Justice Clarence Thomas and retired Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, United States Supreme Court (1993 Term) and Judge David A. Nelson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1989 term)

Government Service

  • Attorney-Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice (1991-1993)

Jim Gauch handles litigation, crisis management, and regulatory compliance issues, with emphasis on U.S. jurisdiction over foreign companies and individuals, including sovereign entities, and on federal regulation of financial and commodities markets.

Before joining the Firm's Washington Office, Jim clerked at the U.S. Supreme Court and worked in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel, where he provided direct advice to the Attorney General and Counsel to the President. Jim has litigated claims involving the 2008 mortgage crisis, the September 11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Firestone Wilderness tire recall, and the demise of Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

Representative matters include advising Middle Eastern and Asian companies regarding U.S. litigation and regulatory compliance risks, serving as lead counsel in a worldwide securities class action against the U.S. subsidiary of a Japanese issuer, defending a foreign state against expropriation claims filed in the U.S., leading an internal investigation of alleged securities fraud for an Asian company, representing a major accounting firm in private securities fraud litigation and U.S. SEC investigations, and representing a financial company's foreign liquidator in a multinational bankruptcy arising from a Ponzi scheme. Jim also has advised on Administrative Procedure Act claims and participated in rulemaking submissions and congressional hearings.

Jim also serves as hiring partner in Jones Day's Washington Office. He is a past chairman of the Federalist Society's Administrative Law and Regulation practice group and is a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

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