James M. Weir
James M. Weir received his bachelor’s degree in 2002 from Duke University (B.A., Political Science) and received his J.D. in 2006 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was the associate symposium editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law and a member of the Georgetown University Law Center Mock Trial Team.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Weir served the State of New York in the Executive Division of the New York Attorney General’s Office, where he led a number of federal and state False Claims Act investigations and managed a portfolio of qui tam cases. Mr. Weir began his legal career as an associate at Clifford Chance LLP, where he worked on a variety of regulatory investigations and complex commercial litigation matters.
Mr. Weir’s practice focuses on whistleblower representation and complex litigation. He has extensive experience representing whistleblowers in False Claims Act litigation and before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). His work has included a wide range of actions involving violations of the federal securities laws, FDA marketing and labeling regulations, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement guidelines, and government contracting requirements.
Mr. Weir also represents state pension funds in complex litigation. He recently represented the Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico and the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board in individual actions against Wells Fargo Banks and affiliates arising from defendants’ mismanagement of PERA’s securities lending program.
Mr. Weir is the author of several articles, including: “US Securities Litigation Remains a Threat for Non-US Issuers: SEC Awards Encourage Whistleblowers,” Financier Worldwide (with Partner Stanley D. Bernstein), April 2012, at 55-56; and “Plaintiffs’ Perspective: The SEC’s Final Rules for Whistleblowers Offer a Balanced Approach to an Important New Program,” Securities Litigation Report, July/August 2011, at 11-14.
Mr. Weir is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.