Education
University of Georgia School of Law
J.D.
Princeton University
B.A.

Admissions
State Bar of Georgia
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

James D. Durham

Jim Durham is an accomplished trial lawyer who joins the firm after serving as the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

During 15 years of public service as a federal prosecutor – handling some of the most complex criminal cases in the Department of Justice – Durham gained national recognition as a relentless advocate.

Durham’s prosecutions led to the return of over $75 million to victims of crimes and the American taxpayers in the last five years alone.  In recognition of his superior trial skills, he was recently inducted into the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

Durham began his legal career in 1995 at Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever, an Atlanta firm specializing in complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense.  After becoming a partner of the Chilivis firm in 2001, Durham left private practice in 2002 to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Savannah.  While continuing to prosecute a full caseload of complex fraud and public corruption cases, Durham also served as the Southern District of Georgia’s Criminal Chief (2007-2010); First Assistant U.S. Attorney (2010-2017); then Acting U.S. Attorney (2017).

Durham received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of Georgia.

Cases

  • Public corruption trial against former Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Chief Willie Lovett (U.S. v. Lovett)
  • $60 million RICO, health care fraud and money laundering trial against owners of one of the largest privately-owned pharmaceutical wholesale companies in the nation (U.S. v. Bradley, et al.)
  • Public corruption trial against former Georgia State Senator, lobbyist and others (U.S. v. Williams, et al.)
  • $50 million fraud case involving bribery of officer of multi-national pharmaceutical company (U.S. v. Cutter, et al.)
  • Fraud trial involving one of the largest food stamp and WIC fraud schemes in the nation’s history (U.S. v. Sapp, et al.)
  • Bank fraud cases against former bank officers involving over $100 million in losses to the FDIC (e.g. U.S. v. McMath, et al.; U.S. v. Price)
  • Public corruption case against former Executive Director of Chatham Area Transit Authority (U.S. v. Reese, et al.)
  • Fraud case involving plaintiff’s attorney who defrauded clients out of more than $1 million (U.S. v. Smith)

Accolades

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • DOJ, Director’s Award for Superior Performance by an Assistant U.S. Attorney (2006)
  • DOJ, Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team (2011)
  • DOJ, Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team (2017)
  • HHS-OIG, Integrity Award for Fight against Health Care Fraud (2007)
  • HHS-OIG, Integrity Award for Fight against Health Care Fraud (2011)
  • FBI Director Robert Mueller, Commendation for Demonstrated Excellence, Prosecutive Skills and Outstanding Service (2011)
  • FBI Director James Comey, Commendation for Demonstrated Excellence, Prosecutive Skills and Outstanding Service (2014)
  • Atlanta Inspector General Council, Special Achievement for Federal Program Fraud Prosecution (2015)
  • Federal Reserve OIG, Recognition for Exemplary Efforts and Leadership in Prosecution of Massive Bank Failure Case (2014)
  • FDA-OCI, Recognition for Outstanding Service in Pharmaceutical Fraud Prosecutions  (2007)
  • USDA-OIG, Recognition for Outstanding Service in Federal Program Fraud Prosecutions (2014)

Board and Teaching Positions

  • Board of Directors, Savannah’s End Gun Violence Initiative (2017)
  • Advisory Board, Fraud and Forensic Accounting, School of Accountancy, Georgia Southern University (2015-2016)
  • Frequent speaker and lecturer before attorneys, health care providers, bank officials and law enforcement officials on a wide range of topics, including trial skills, health care fraud, bank fraud, asset forfeiture and money laundering

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