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Michael James

Senior Counsel
Our People/Michael James

Michael James is Senior Counsel at Nardello & Co., where he has been responsible for conducting compliance program reviews, audits, and assessments. Previously, Michael worked at General Electric as Executive Counsel, Investigations, where he was in charge of global investigations regarding export controls and economic sanctions. At GE Capital, Michael was Executive Counsel, Litigation, where he led complex internal investigations and managed a diverse docket of significant litigation.

For ten years at General Electric, Michael investigated compliance failures, identified gaps, remediated processes and favorably resolved voluntary disclosures with federal and international regulators. Michael’s investigations at GE include evasions of compliance programs, failures in evaluating and managing third-party relationships, inadequate or failed internal processes, conflicts of interest, retaliation, and “tone at the top” cultural issues that led to the collapse of compliance programs.

Prior to joining GE, Michael was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and earlier in the Western District of Oklahoma, where he was a decorated prosecutor and the civil and criminal health care fraud coordinator.

Michael received both his JD and MBA from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. He is admitted to practice in New York, the Second and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Western District of Oklahoma.

Representative matters in Michael’s private sector experience:

  • Managing small efficient team in completing biannual antitrust compliance audits of two multinational companies on behalf of court-appointed monitoring trustee.
  • Investigated and identified compliance gap that led to sales and servicing of technology equipment to multiple sanctioned parties in Asia, led remediation, and negotiated favorable resolution after voluntary disclosure.
  • Investigated supply chain and identified Middle Eastern distributor who was diverting flagship product to a sanctioned country, leading to termination of the long-term relationship.
  • Investigated and identified compliance gap in a newly acquired business which led to diversion of equipment to a sanctioned country.
  • Investigated root cause of collapse of loan underwriting process which led to transactions with applicants who had criminal associations.

Michael James

Senior Counsel

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