James Nauwens is a respected and tenacious problem solver. Jim serves as one of the firm’s Managing Directors in New York. His insight and know-how are a tremendous resource for Nardello & Co., where Jim leads investigative teams on litigation support and security-related matters.
As the Supervisory Criminal Investigator at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Jim uncovered critical evidence for federal prosecutors in his 20+ years of service. There, he worked on cases involving narcotics conspiracies, official corruption, bank fraud, organized crime conspiracies, RICO matters, SEC violations, and the sexual exploitation of children. In 1997, he received the Tendy Award for his outstanding public service.
At Nardello & Co. and throughout his private sector career, Jim has successfully applied his public service expertise to a range of matters, including corporate and financial fraud, international investigations, civil and criminal litigation support, internal theft, electronic surveillance countermeasures, and security consulting. He is an expert interviewer, having conducted thousands of witness interviews over the course of his career, and has experience in collecting physical and electronic evidence and presenting trial testimony based on his investigations.
Jim has testified in many important cases, including the trials of John Gotti (racketeering), Edwin Wilson (renegade CIA agent) and the Westies (murder for hire). He has provided security assessments for national corporations and high-net-worth individuals resulting in the identification and correction of high-risk behaviors and potential for exposure. Additionally, Jim has developed a privatized home detention and bail monitorship service for Nardello & Co.
Jim Nauwens began his career with the New York City Police Department before being assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Joint Narcotics Task Force.