James L. Bernard | New York | Hogan Lovells

James L. Bernard

Partner Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment


James L. Bernard
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James Bernard focuses on financial services and general commercial litigation, including securities and consumer class actions, audit malpractice and related issues, and on representing clients before the New York State Attorney General's Office and other Attorney General multi-state investigations.

James has served as president of the Federal Bar Foundation and as co-chair of the New York State-Federal Judicial Council Advisory Group.

James has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Legal 500 and Super Lawyers, and was awarded the Burton Award for distinguished legal writing. The National Law Journal also named him a "Litigation Trailblazer" in 2017 for leading a team that obtained what is considered to be the largest civil forfeiture in history on behalf of victims of Iran-sponsored terrorism.

Representative experience

Represented Grant Thornton International in all litigations arising out of the collapse of Parmalat.*

Represented CohnReznick in audit related matters. *

Represented HSBC in commercial banking class action litigation.*

Represented JPMorgan Chase in consumer mortgage class action litigation.*

Represented American Express in class action litigations concerning credit and gift cards.*

Represented Grant Thornton LLP in audit related matters and securities litigations.*

Represented McKinsey & Company in commercial litigation and general corporate advice.*

Represented Goldman Sachs in litigation involving distressed debt trading.*

Represented Delta Financial Corporation in a class action securities litigation.*

Represented Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp. in a class action securities litigation.*

Represented AIG in Enron Corp. bankruptcy litigation.*

Represented Sempra Energy Trading Corp., Gerald Metals, Inc. and J. Aron & Company in trading, commodities and contract litigations and arbitrations.*

Represented various European metal trading companies in RICO litigation against Russian entities and individuals.*

Represented Chesapeake Energy, Ernst & Young, Federated Department Stores, Inc., Priceline.com and World Jewish Congress in matters before the New York State Attorney General.*

Represented Tosco Corporation in commercial litigation.*

Represented Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in breach of contract action.*

Represented Kemper and Travelers insurance companies in commercial litigation.*

Represented Nomura Securities and UBS in gender discrimination lawsuits.*

Represented the Anheuser-Busch Companies in an advisory capacity on various matters.*

Represented individual defendants in securities fraud, bank fraud and other white-collar criminal matters.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, cum laude, Order of the Coif, Peter J. O'Connor Prize, Fordham Law Alumni Association Medal in Constitutional Law, 1995
  • A.B., Bowdoin College, magna cum laude, 1989
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Court admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • President, Federal Bar Foundation
  • Co-Chair, Advisory Group, New York State-Federal Judicial Council
  • Treasurer, Federal Bar Council
  • Director, Federal Bar Council Foundation
  • Joint Committee on Local Rules in the S.D.N.Y. and E.D.N.Y.
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Federal Bar Council Inn of Court
  • Committee on Grievances, CJA Panel of Attorneys- Eastern District of New York
  • Ethics Committee, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York


Commercial Litigation

Best Lawyers in America

Pro Bono Publico Award

Legal Aid Society

Energy Transactions: Conventional Power

Legal 500 US

Litigation Trailblazer

National Law Journal

Litigation Star and National Practice Area Star

Benchmark Litigation