Charles E. “Chuck” James, Jr. is Co-Chair of the Firearms Industry Practice and a member of the White Collar & Investigations Group.  As Co-Chair  of the Firearms Industry Practice Group, he provides legal counsel to members of the firearms industry on state and federal firearms laws and regulations. Since his return to Williams Mullen after serving as Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Chuck has assisted a diverse group of clients with matters before state and federal investigative bodies.  Building on his previous White Collar & Investigations practice, Chuck represents individuals and corporations in state and federal investigations, including grand jury and trial matters. Chuck has expanded his advocacy to include an Attorneys General and State Agency and Firearms Industry practice.

Charles E. “Chuck” James, Jr. is Co-Chair of the Firearms Industry Practice and a member of the White Collar & Investigations Group.  As Co-Chair  of the Firearms Industry Practice Group, he provides legal counsel to members of the firearms industry on state and federal firearms laws and regulations. Since his return to Williams Mullen after serving as Chief Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Chuck has assisted a diverse group of clients with matters before state and federal investigative bodies.  Building on his previous White Collar & Investigations practice, Chuck represents individuals and corporations in state and federal investigations, including grand jury and trial matters. Chuck has expanded his advocacy to include an Attorneys General and State Agency and Firearms Industry practice. 

During the historic corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and Maureen McDonnell, Chuck provided legal analysis to numerous print and cable news outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, NBC12 and Politico.  As a former Assistant United States Attorney and former Chief Deputy Attorney General, Chuck is situated to address issues related to the interplay of law, policy, politics and trial strategy.  Chuck previously represented an elected official on similar charges and appreciates the challenges faced by both the government and the defendant.  

Chuck continues to represent individual and corporate clients before enforcement and regulatory bodies as varied as the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security and several Medicaid Fraud Control Units and United States Attorneys Offices.  Chuck has conducted several internal investigations and resolved numerous matters in state and federal courts. He has represented charities, companies, executives and employees investigated for alleged customs violations, trademark infringement, environmental crimes, public corruption, embezzlement, healthcare fraud, Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act claims and other matters.  A true problem solver, Chuck develops customized investigative and defensive strategies that best position the client and help to limit business interruptions and expenses, letting the clients focus on their businesses.

As part of the Attorneys General and State Agency practice group, Chuck assists clients in investigations, litigation and policy guidance, providing a comprehensive range of services and the ability to engage with decision makers in the executive branch of each State. Chuck has handled several cases involving consumer protection matters with Offices of State Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), including client representation in the hospitality industry, retail, direct marketing companies and a professional services company.

Chuck has extensive litigation experience, having tried or argued numerous cases dealing with constitutional issues stemming from white collar, immigration, violent crime and narcotics cases before the state and federal trial courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  His background also makes him an important part of defense teams, including serving as local counsel for matters in the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division.  He also assists our Government Relations and Appellate Teams with special projects of concern to our clients.  He previously served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia's Richmond and Alexandria Divisions and the Department of Justice's Criminal Division, Washington, D.C.

Having handled hundreds of federal cases as lead trial counsel, Chuck has extensive courtroom experience, as well as experience investigating and prosecuting cases including conspiracy, embezzlement, public corruption, violent crime, money laundering and fraud. Chuck has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine (2009, 2013, 2014) and as one of the “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine (2009, 2013, 2015). He has also been included in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar Law (2015-present). He is a sought after speaker and commentator on a variety of policy, legal and political topics. 

Chuck is a graduate of the University of Virginia and received his law degree from Washington and Lee University.

 

 

 

  • At request of client's audit committee, Williams Mullen's Government and Corporate Investigations team conducted the internal investigation, provided advice regarding appropriate remedial and disciplinary actions, and assisted client in responding to various government regulators' requests for additional information.
  • Client company retained Williams Mullen to lead an internal investigation regarding alleged crop insurance fraud scheme involving company purchases. We reviewed records and interviewed multiple witnesses before concluding our report to the client. Also recommended changes to contracting and payment procedures and conducted training. The matter remains under investigation by a U.S. attorney in Raleigh, North Carolina.