Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, P.C.

James R. Stovall

James R. Stovall has represented individuals and organizations in a variety of criminal, civil, and regulatory matters, in trial courts and on appeal. His practice focuses on white-collar defense and complex civil litigation. His cases have involved allegations of securities fraud, accounting fraud, wire fraud, obstruction of justice, investigations by the SEC into broker-dealer and hedge fund trading practices, and litigation concerning the accounting practices of publicly traded companies. Before joining RDDJ, Stovall was a partner at Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello, P.C., in New York City.

James received a B.A. summa cum laude from Texas A&M University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude. Following graduation, he served for two years as law clerk to the Honorable Laura Taylor Swain, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

James was recognized by New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition as a Rising Star for 2013.

He received awards from the New York Legal Aid Society in 2006, 2009, and 2010 for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.

In 2012 and 2013, James served as a member of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

He is admitted in Tennessee and New York and to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Sixth Circuits, and the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Selected Publications:
The Personal Benefit Rule in Misappropriation Cases, Business Crimes Bulletin (2012).

What Goes Up Can Come Down: Discretion to Impose Lower Fraud Sentences, Business Crimes Bulletin (2011).

Stays in Parallel Proceedings: The More Things Change . . ., Business Crimes Bulletin (2010).

How to Use and Not Lose Experts in Criminal Cases, Business Crimes Bulletin (2009).

Judicial Roulette: Recusal Motions in Criminal Cases, Business Crimes Bulletin (2008).

Defendants’ Pretrial Access to Documents in White Collar Prosecutions, Business Crimes Bulletin (2007).

Penance But No Absolution: The Paradox of Corporate Criminal Liability, Business Crimes Bulletin (2007).