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James N. Kramer leads Orrick's Securities Litigation Practice. Jim has over 30 years of experience defending companies, officers and directors in shareholder class actions, derivative suits, RICO cases and regulatory proceedings. He also has extensive experience leading internal investigations.
Jim is acknowledged by Chambers as a “Leader in Their Field” for Securities Litigation and has also been acknowledged as one of “America's Leading Litigators” by Benchmark Litigation. Benchmark has also recognized Jim in their securities rankings as a “California State Litigation Star”, a “San Francisco Litigation Star”, and in their “Practice Area Rankings California”.
Jim has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in securities class actions, derivative actions, RICO actions, merger and acquisition related litigation, governmental enforcement proceedings and other complex commercial litigation. In addition, he has extensive experience representing board committees in internal investigations, including SEC- and SRO-related investigations.
Jim regularly advises companies on corporate governance, fiduciary duty and disclosure issues. He is a frequent lecturer on issues involving securities matters and class action litigation.
Jim is an editor for the Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter and regularly contributes to Orrick's blog on Securities Litigation hot topics (www.SecuritiesLitigationBlog.com) and Orrick's Guide to Securities Litigation, the go-to-book now in its 25th year and available on iTunes. Jim is past chair of the Embarcadero YMCA Board of Managers and remains active in YMCA philanthropy. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his family and is a recreational long course triathlete.
Prior to joining Orrick, Jim was a partner at Clifford Chance US LLP and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP.