White & Case today announced that James M. McGuire, former Counsel to the Governor of New York, under Hon. George E. Pataki, has joined the Firm as counsel in its commercial litigation practice in New York.
McGuire served as the principal legal advisor to Governor Pataki following his appointment as Counsel to the Governor in October 1997, and previously had earned distinction as a senior member of New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau’s prosecutorial staff.
“Few lawyers have accomplished as much James McGuire in his more than 20 years of public service, working to keep New York a safe, vibrant and economically vital place to live and work. Jim’s deep understanding of complex litigation, from white-collar crime to securities and regulatory matters, along with his active relationships with New York’s legal and business communities, will greatly benefit White & Case’ corporate clients,” said Vin Fitzpatrick, Executive Partner for White & Case’s Global Disputes practice.
McGuire initially joined the Governor’s Office in 1995 as First Assistant Counsel. McGuire previously served as Deputy Chief, Appeals Bureau in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where he supervised the 40-lawyer bureau and authored, edited and argued appeals before state and federal appellate courts. He was subsequently appointed Senior Investigative Counsel to the Rackets Bureau, where he conducted and supervised investigations and trials involving official corruption and organized crime. He has also served as Deputy Counsel for the New York State Commission on Government Integrity, and as an Assistant District Attorney of New York.
McGuire is a graduate of Fordham College, and received his JD from Cornell Law School. McGuire assumes his new position effective immediately.