International Society of Primerus Law Firms

New York Attorney
James E. Heavey

Phone: 212.687.6262


Languages: English

James currently represents financial institutions, broker-dealers, executives and individual advisors in federal and state litigation, arbitration, regulatory proceedings and investigations. He has extensive experience pertaining to investigations, due diligence and compliance matters. He regularly counsels financial institutions and individual advisors on raiding, recruiting and transition matters, including compliance with restrictive covenants and the Protocol for Broker Recruiting.

James has represented board members, managing directors and executives of leading Fortune 500 firms in the highly regulated financial services, investment advisory and healthcare industries concerning change of employment, compensation, severance negotiations, investigations and other employment-related issues.

James also represents corporations and individuals charged with federal and state crimes, focusing on securities and financial related matters, including insider trading, money laundering, securities matters and wire/mail fraud, among others. James draws on his investigative experience to assist in pre-indictment defense and internal investigations concerning corporate and employee criminal conduct, theft of trade secrets or other protected information and other sensitive corporate matters. James acts as liaison to law enforcement agencies when corporations uncover employee or agency illegality.

In the white collar practice area, James has represented clients or participated in the following:

  • Successful defense of one the largest securities and wire fraud indictments of the President and CEO of private financial services firm brought by the Westchester District Attorney’s Office, New York
    • Successful appeal of a federal conviction of a New York City Police Officer for civil rights violations in the Eastern District of New York
    • Successful defense of an individual financial services representative in a multi-defendant indictment for insider trading and tax evasion in the Southern District of New York
  • Defense of RICO and money laundering offenses against an international customs broker in the Southern District of New York
    • Defense of money laundering and financial disclosure violations of financial service professionals in the Eastern District of New York

Prior to attending law school, James served as a Special Agent for the United States and was responsible for conducting international money laundering and narcotics investigations. His duties included criminal, enforcement and regulatory investigations, as well as assisting various U.S. Attorney Offices in trial preparation. After September 11, 2001, he transferred to the newly created Department of Homeland Security in a counter-terrorism capacity.

As published annually, James was selected to New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list from 2012 to 2015, and selected to New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2016 to present.

Immediately prior to joining Barton LLP, James was with Stevens & Lee.

Practice Areas:

  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Executive Compensation and Separation
  • Financial Services, Investment Funds, and Securities Regulations
  • Internal Investigations
  • Labor and Employment Disputes
  • Labor, Employment, and Executive Compensation
  • Regulatory Investigations and Enforcement
  • White Collar Defense

Industry Experience:

  • Finance
  • Investment Management
  • Investor Relations


  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association


  • Selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars: New Jersey 2012 to 2015; New York Metro 2016 -2018


  • Fordham University School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, The Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, J.D.
  • Duke University, B.A.
  • The Lawrenceville School


  • New York State
  • New Jersey State
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals: Second Circuit


  • “Practical Protections and Growth: Strategies from a Legal Perspective.” Ron Carson and Carson Wealth’s Excell 2018 Conference. Las Vegas, NV. (May 31, 2018).

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Barton LLP

711 Third Avenue
14th Floor
New York, NY 10017
United States

Law Firm Contact: Roger E. Barton

Tel: 212.687.6262

Fax: 212.687.3667



Member Since: 2016

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