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  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1995, cum laude
  • B.A., Georgetown University, 1989

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Other Professional Affiliations

Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

Member, International Bar Association

James P. Wehner

Member, Washington, D.C.
(202) 862-5075 | v-card | PDF

James P. Wehner is a Member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C., office. His principal practice area is complex civil litigation, with a focus on financial products and services, class actions, and creditors' rights litigation. 


Mr. Wehner has extensive experience with disputes arising from financial products, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and fraud. His cases have spanned a variety of industries, from banking and insurance to telecommunications, information technology services, auto parts and steel. In the course of his work, Mr. Wehner appears before federal and state courts across the country and before domestic and international arbitral panels.


  • On behalf of the official committee of asbestos claimants in a large Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, Mr. Wehner tried the case estimating the debtors' overall liability for asbestos personal injury.
  • Coordinating Swiss and Gibraltar counsel, Mr. Wehner represented a large estate in international asset-freeze litigation concerning control of $100 million charitable fund.
  • He represented the purchaser of a synthetic collateralized debt obligation in a case involving the management of a pool of reference obligations.
  • Mr. Wehner prosecuted fraud and conspiracy claims arising out of a municipal bond transaction against a national financial institution.
  • He litigated and settled a federal multidistrict consumer class action lawsuit in the cellular telephone industry.
  • He has also represented a creditors' committee in a fraudulent transfer proceeding to unwind a $1 billion corporate spin-off.
  • Mr. Wehner defended and settled an automotive warranty class action.

Awards & Rankings

  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2013-Present; Recommended, Washington, D.C., 2010-Present
  • The Legal 500, Recommended, 2013

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Lessons Learned from Exempt Organization Litigation - Why Trouble Occurs, How to Minimize Risks, and What to Do (and Not Do) When Litigation Happens, ACC National Capital Region, Nonprofits and Associations Forum, July 15, 2015
  • Speaker, Liabilities of Funds and Fund Managers for Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Annual Hedge Fund General Counsel Summit, September 13, 2011
  • Panelist, Litigating on the Edge - Handling Disputes with Distressed Companies, Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association's Litigation Forum, July 26, 2011
  • Speaker, Derivatives in Bankruptcy - May a Bankrupt Counterparty Change the Rules in the Middle of the Game?, Caplin & Drysdale and Marcum & Kliegman LLP, Riding Out the Storm: Hedge Funds and the Financial Crisis, February 12, 2009
  • Riding Out the Storm: Hedge Funds and the Financial Crisis, February 12, 2009
  • Speaker, Credit Default Swaps: Default, Termination and Bankruptcy, Caplin & Drysdale, Webinar, October 30, 2008
  • Teleconference: Credit Default Swaps Under Fire, October 21, 2008

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Recent Publications

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