James L. Kauffman concentrates his practice on complex business litigation and is an advocate for both individuals and entities. James has represented state attorneys general, municipalities, hospitals, unions, consumers and whistleblowers in a wide variety of disputes in both court and arbitration forums. He represents clients in cases across the country and speaks regularly on issues related to corporate governance, consumer protection, and financial regulation. James’s areas of expertise include antitrust, business litigation, securities, environmental, consumer fraud, and whistleblower protection.
Notably, James represented shareholders in one of the largest securities litigation in history, In re Initial Public Offerings Security Litigation (21 MC 92) (SDNY), a case that involved 309 tech-bubble IPOs and 55 investment brokerage defendants and recovered $586 million.
Prior to attending law school, James worked as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. At Morgan Stanley, James received comprehensive training and work experience in the brokerage business, which assists him in representing his clients in financial and securities related disputes.
James graduated with Honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2002. During his law school career, James assisted pro se litigants as an intern in the Virgil C. Hawkins Civil Clinic, and was awarded the Book Award, recognizing him as the top student in Trial Practice.
James is a regular speaker at business tort seminars across the country and also on nationally syndicated radio and television shows, covering topics such as Financial Industry Regulation, Consumer Fraud, ERISA, and Whistleblower Protection. He is also actively involved in the community and provides pro bono legal services to Laugh for Sight, a non-profit organization that raises money for eye disease research through comedy benefits in Los Angeles and New York City.
James’s representative cases include:
In Re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation (21 MC 92) (S.D.N.Y.)
Represented shareholders against 309 IPO companies and 55 investment banks in one of the largest securities fraud litigations in history. $586 million recovery.
Spinelli v. Capital One Bank (USA), No. 8:08-132-T-33EAJ (M.D. Fla.)
Represented credit card holders against credit card bank for deceptive trade practices. $250 million recovery.
In Re Semtech Corp. Securities Litigation, Case no. 2:07-07114-CAS (C.D. Cal.)
Represented shareholders against semiconductor supplier company in connection with the backdating of employee stock option grants. $20 million recovery.
Intermountain Ironworkers Trust Fund v. Todd Farha, et al., Case Nos. 07-015349, 07-015846 (Fla. Cir. Ct.) (“WellCare Health Plans Derivative Litigation”)
Represented shareholders against certain officers and directors who participated in a massive Medicare fraud. Resulted in significant corporate reforms and removal of CEO, CFO and General Counsel.
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma v. Blue Tee Corp, et. al., Case No. 03-CV-0846 (N.D. Okla.)
Represented Native American tribe in environmental litigation against several mining companies for damages to the natural resources and subsidence risk in northeastern Oklahoma. Resulted in multi-million dollar recovery for the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma.
Jessop v. Larsen
In 2016 Bailey & Glasser negotiated a settlement under which the former top officers and owners of once-high flying nutritional juice company MonaVie, and plan trustee Bankers Trust Co. of South Dakota, agreed to pay $19.8 million to settle a lawsuit over an employee stock program that lost nearly all of its value within about two years. Bankers Trust also agreed to a permanent injunction barring it from serving as an ESOP trustee. Notably, we recovered well more than the available insurance coverage from the defendants.
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan