A Life in Law: A Meeting with James Garland ’95 at Covington & Burling LLP

Princeton in Washington
Jun 10, 2024, 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Washington, D.C.
  • Alumni
  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Students


Event Description
James M. Garland ’95

James M. Garland ’95 is a partner at Covington & Burling, where he serves on the firm’s Management and Executive Committees.  His practice focuses on government investigations and enforcement matters, litigation, and cybersecurity.  Recognized as a leading practitioner in both white collar defense and cybersecurity fields, Jim draws upon his experience as a former Justice Department official to advise clients on sensitive, multidimensional disputes and investigations, often with national security implications.  He has particular expertise handling investigations and disputes involving electronic surveillance and law enforcement access to digital evidence.  

Jim also maintains an active pro bono practice.  His pro bono matters at Covington have included advocacy on behalf of a leading civil rights organization in connection with criminal justice reform efforts; work on behalf of a leading women’s rights organization in combatting violent extremism against healthcare providers; and the representation of capital defendants in post-conviction review proceedings in West Virginia and Alabama.

With the exception of two years during the Obama Administration (2009-2010), when he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Eric Holder at the U.S. Department of Justice, Jim has been an associate and then partner at Covington since 2001.  He earned his undergraduate degree in 1995 from Princeton’s School for Public and International Affairs, and graduated in 2000 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  Following law school, he clerked for a year for Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He is a barrister in the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court.

This is part of the Princeton in Washington program, which is open to current Princeton students and recent alumni in the D.C. area over the summer. Email the Princeton in Washington coordinator to learn the location and RSVP.