James A. Bensfield

James Bensfield's practice involves representing corporations and individuals in complex white collar criminal and civil fraud matters.  His cases have focused on, among other issues, allegations of federal and state procurement fraud, tax fraud, antitrust violations, securities fraud, bribery (including violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)), violations of export control and sanctions laws, illegal gratuities, and conflicts of interest.  He has wide experience in dealing with all phases of criminal and civil litigation, from conducting corporate internal investigations through trial and appeal.  Mr. Bensfield has particular experience representing government contractors and health care insurers and providers in civil False Claims Act and qui tam lawsuits, a number of which have involved parallel criminal investigations.  He has served as lead counsel on behalf of several of the country’s largest defense contractors in such cases. Mr. Bensfield is considered a "thoughtful practitioner who is always a complete gentleman," according to clients quoted in the 2015 Chambers USA edition. More >

Government Experience
  • Trial Attorney and Director of Training, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, 1974 - 1980
Corporate Experience
Rankings and Recognition
  • Chambers USA: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (District of Columbia), 2015 - 2016
  • Legal 500: Litigation: White Collar Criminal Defense, 2014 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Criminal Defense: White Collar, 1993 - 2017
  • Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers, 2014 - 2015
  • Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project Defender of Innocence Award, 2014
  • Washington's Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense, White Collar (Washingtonian Magazine), 2014 - 2016 
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®: Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2013 - 2016
Professional and Community Involvement
  • Adjunct Professor of Trial Practice, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Member, Committee on White Collar Crime, American Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
Foreign Languages
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1969
  • B.A., Occidental College, 1966