James W. Haldin
  1. Counsel

Mr. Haldin is counsel in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department. He represents financial institutions and other multinational corporations in criminal, regulatory and internal investigations. He has conducted investigations in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Russia and the United Kingdom for clients in a range of industries, including banking, life sciences and technology. 

In addition to representing clients in matters before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other authorities, Mr. Haldin regularly advises clients on the remediation and enhancement of their compliance programs. He also advises clients on due diligence issues in connection with foreign acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as third-party engagements.

Work Highlights

Mr. Haldin’s recent representations include:

  • A multinational pharmaceutical company in a wide-ranging FCPA investigation by DOJ and the SEC
  • A special committee of a multinational medical device company’s board of directors in an internal investigation of FCPA-related whisteblower allegations in China
  • A multinational technology company in an FCPA investigation in Bangladesh by DOJ
  • A healthcare diagnostics company in internal FCPA investigations in Brazil and Mexico
  • Siemens AG in a global FCPA investigation by DOJ and the SEC and a related sanctions proceeding before the World Bank
  • Comcast in federal antitrust class actions in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania as well as a related parens patriae action filed by a state attorney general
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers in federal securities class actions in New York and Florida arising out of Madoff fraud
  • 14 financial institutions in commutation of $16.4 billion of credit default swap and financial guarantee exposure to Ambac Assurance
  • A financial institution in AAA arbitration involving fiduciary duty claims

Mr. Haldin has represented indigent criminal defendants on a pro bono basis in federal court at both the trial and appellate levels.


Mr. Haldin is a member of Davis Polk’s White Collar Criminal Defense Group, which was named a “White Collar Group of the Year” by Law360 for 2012 and 2013.

Professional History

  • Counsel, Davis Polk, 2013-present
  • Associate, Davis Polk, 2007-2012
  • Associate, Moore & Van Allen, 2000-2007

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • State of North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. New York
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, M.D. North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. North Carolina


  • B.A., English, University of Florida, 1996
    • magna cum laude
  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 2000
    • cum laude
    • Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for Best Student Note
    • Senior Articles Editor, Washington & Lee Law Review