Image: James R. Bliss

James R. Bliss

Partner, Litigation Department

New York

Phone: 1(212) 318-6626
Fax: 1(212) 230-7845


James Bliss is a New York-based partner in Paul Hastings’ litigation practice. Mr. Bliss is a commercial litigator with wide-ranging experience who has handled cutting-edge cases and advised on critical issues for some of the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions.


  • Lawrence J. McKay Prize for Excellence in Advocacy, awarded by Fordham Law School.


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1995. National Champion, 45th Annual National Moot Court Competition.
  • New York University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1991, double major in economics and psychology. Founders Day Award, highest academic award bestowed by the university.



  • Representing Venezuela’s national oil company in a case relating to billions of dollars in debt securities.
  • Represented the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and various Commonwealth instrumentalities in multi-billion-dollar litigations relating to the Puerto Rico bankruptcy cases pending under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act.
  • Represented Amgen in a commercial litigation relating to a multi-billion-dollar therapeutic human antibody.
  • Represented UBS Investment Bank in cases relating to highly complex credit derivatives.
  • Represented UBS Investment Bank in connection with the default and liquidation of hybrid and synthetic CDOs in a multi-billion-dollar portfolio.
  • Represented U.S. Trust in multi-billion-dollar class actions alleging mismanagement of a large cap growth product offered through numerous broker wrap-fee programs.
  • Represented a large pharmaceutical company in the mediation of a dispute relating to a drug development program in Asia.

Engagement & Publications

  • "Insights From An Under-The-Radar CDO Case," Law360, May 9, 2013
  • Moderator, "What to Analyze When Considering Litigation: The Key Steps to Managing Risks, Resources & Costs," New York Law Journal Webinar, May 6, 2013

Practice Areas

Complex Litigation and Arbitration
Life Sciences and Healthcare




New York Bar
Connecticut Bar


Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 1995
New York University, B.A. 1991

Nous contacter