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James B. Worthington

Attorney, Litigation Department
New York
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY
United States

Fax: 1(212) 230-7769


James Worthington is an attorney in the Litigation practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's New York office. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and government and internal investigations. Most recently, Mr. Worthington has advised clients in cross-border trade secret disputes, and he has recently represented clients in high stakes disputes and governmental investigations relating to the subprime mortgage and credit crisis, including a variety of CDO and credit insurance litigations and investigations.

Mr. Worthington also has significant experience with e-discovery issues, having managed international e-discovery efforts in multiple significant matters for a number of Fortune 50 clients. He has worked with a wide variety of e-discovery vendors in the design of discovery databases and custom filtering and search tools, and has also worked closely with clients in designing electronic data systems to ensure compliance with regulatory data retention requirements such as SEC Rule 17a-4(b)(4).

Mr. Worthington received his B.A. degree in Literature, cum laude, from Yale University in 1990. He received his J.D. degree in 2001 from New York University School of Law, where he served as the Senior Notes Editor of the N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal. While there, he received the "American Jurisprudence Award" in Constitutional Law and the "Seymour Goldstein Memorial Prize" in Labor Relations. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York.

Speaking Engagements

  • "New Rule 37(e) In Action: Lessons From the First 3 Months," Law360, New York (March 4, 2016) (co-authors Kevin Broughel, Jeanette Kang, Jessica Montes)

  • Speaker, ""Early Case Assessment and Other Initial Stages of Complex Litigation," ABA Roundtable, February 19, 2015

  • "'Peculiar Knowledge' Doctrine In Credit Crisis Litigation," New York Law Journal, Oct. 16, 2014

  • "FRCP Proposed Amendments: Changing the Rules," ABA Section of Litigation, Committee on Pretrial Practice and Procedure, Vol. 22, No. 1, Winter 2014

  • "E-discovery: Getting To The Starting Gate," ABA Young Advocates Newsletter, Summer 2011

  • "E-Discovery Obligations and European Privacy Duties," ABA Section of Litigation, Committee on Pretrial Practice and Procedure, Vol. 17, No. 4, Summer 2009

Recent Representations

  • A large Korean conglomerate in internal investigations into alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and a related patent dispute

  • The official committee of unsecured creditors in the Molycorp chapter 11 case

  • TydenBrooks in a trade secret and unfair competition case (SDNY) against a competitor relating to manufacturing processes

  • UBS in two cutting-edge cases arising out of synthetic CDO transactions

  • Individuals involved in an SEC investigation relating to a synthetic CDO transaction

  • EIG Global Energy Investors in a contractual dispute relating to a power plant project in Ontario, Canada

  • David Murdock in a Section 16(b) case arising out of a variable forward contract

  • Represented a 30(b)(6) and expert trial witness in the Deepwater Horizon litigations

  • A Fortune 50 company in responding to a federal grand jury subpoena concerning alleged antitrust violations and associated internal investigation

  • A leading chemical manufacturer in a multidistrict class action litigation and state indirect purchaser cases

  • U.S. Trust in multi-billion-dollar class actions alleging mismanagement of a large cap growth product offered through numerous broker wrap-fee programs

  • Investment advisers, broker-dealers, mutual funds, and variable insurance product issuers in connection with SEC, DOJ, state attorney general, and NASD examinations and investigations

  • A Fortune 50 company and its pension trust in a Section 16(b) "short-swing" trading case

Practice Areas

Antitrust and Competition
Complex Litigation and Arbitration




New York Bar
Connecticut Bar


New York University School of Law, J.D. 2001
Yale University, B.A. 1990

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