Jim Bowman


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James A. Bowman is a skilled litigator with experience trying cases involving complex financial crimes, including securities fraud, health care fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, and art theft.

Jim is a former federal prosecutor who served as a Deputy Chief in the Major Frauds Section and as the Securities Fraud Coordinator in the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. During his eight years as a federal prosecutor, Jim served as the lead prosecution in numerous high-profile cases, tried several cases as lead counsel, and argued numerous appeals.


Corporate & Government Experience

  • Deputy Chief, Los Angeles US Attorney’s Office, Major Frauds Section
  • Securities Fraud Coordinator, Los Angeles US Attorney’s Office, Major Frauds Section

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2022 for Criminal Defense: White Collar in Los Angeles, CA; James has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2021
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US (2019-2021)
  • US Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance


Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central District of California


  • University of California at Los Angeles, J.D., 2000: Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, UCLA Law Review
  • Stanford University, B.A., Political Science, 1995

Professional Activities


  • Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez, US District Court, Southern District of California

Government Experience

  • Prosecution of United States v. Scott London, a criminal insider trading case against a senior vice president of a major international accounting firm who had been passing confidential information to a close friend in exchange for bundles of cash. Following a sting operation and the defendant’s arrest, which was covered extensively by the media, the defendant pled guilty and was sentenced to federal prison.
  • Prosecution of an insider trading ring that illegally generated more than $3 million in profits. All five defendants were convicted and sentenced to federal prison.
  • Prosecution of defendant who defrauded thousands of victims out of more than $50 million, resulting in defendant’s conviction at trial. Seized $12 million from defendant, including $4 million in cash, which was one of the largest cash seizures in a fraud case in California history.
  • Prosecution of con artist, dubbed the “Hispanic Madoff,” who carried out a predatory fraud scheme that defrauded hundreds of families out of more than $40 million. Defendant was convicted after trial and sentenced to 22 years in prison.
  • Investigation involving largest art heist in Los Angeles history. Oversaw sting operation that led to the recovery of paintings worth more than $10 million.
  • Prosecution of members of organized crime involved in theft and attempted sale of stolen paintings worth more than $1 million.

Private Practice Experience

  • Served on the trial team for San Diego-based Alvarado Hospital against alleged criminal violations of the federal Anti-kickback Statute in a seven-month trial that ended with a hung jury and dismissal of all criminal charges.
  • Represented former CEOs in stock options investigations by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Represented a global provider of Internet content delivery services in trade secret litigation brought by a competitor involving content delivery networks over the Internet. Also represented the client in pursuing claims for anti-competitive behavior and false advertising by the competitor. Successfully defended the client against the competitor's request for a preliminary injunction that threatened to shut down the company and in a related criminal investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Francisco.
  • Represented a developmentally-disabled prisoner serving a life sentence for murder. Drafted and argued habeas petition that resulted in published opinion vacating client’s sentence and remanding case for a new trial. (Holguin v. Harrison, 399 F.Supp.2d 1052 (N.D. Cal. 2005).)