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James E. Crowe III defends clients facing significant, complex, high-stakes civil litigation in state and federal courts including breach of contract, fraud, and equitable and tort claims. In addition, he counsels clients in securities enforcement matters before the SEC and FINRA and defends securities arbitrations.

Jim represents companies and individuals in investigations and white collar matters, and provides counsel in connection with criminal investigations by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and regulatory enforcement actions by investigators including the DOJ, EPA, HHS-OIG and the FDA.

In 2014, Jim served on the defense team in a complex ERISA class action where plaintiffs’ claims for damages exceeded $1.3 billion.

Jim conducts internal investigations for clients and is able to guide corporate compliance executives to review and, when necessary, establish new or enhanced regulatory compliance programs. He has also helped victims of financial fraud recoup losses through court-ordered restitution and through insurance coverage.

Before joining Dowd Bennett, Jim was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Serving as first chair trial counsel in several felony jury trials, Jim prosecuted narcotics, counterfeiting, fraud and firearms-related cases. In addition, he achieved successful outcomes in appeals he briefed and argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ten of those decisions are reported.

Jim began his law career as an associate at Bryan Cave LLP, with a practice in commercial litigation and white collar defense.

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Dowd Bennett is a litigation firm with extensive courtroom experience. Led by trial-seasoned lawyers, including former federal prosecutors and judicial law clerks, our team shares tenacity, a passion for seeing cases through trial and a complete commitment to client service.