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James M. Altman

Bryan Cave LLP

New York, NY, USA

James Altman has successfully tried cases and arbitrations and argued appeals in a wide variety of civil cases across the country.  In addition to general commercial matters, Mr. Altman has concentrated a substantial portion of his time on issues of professional liability and legal ethics and the representation of foreign entities and individuals in domestic litigation.

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association – Committee on Professional Ethics, 1999- 2007, 2014-Present; Chair, Committee on Attorney Professionalism, 2002-2008, Member, Committee on Attorney Professionalism, 1994- ; Special Committee to Review Mandatory CLE, 1998-2005
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York – Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, 1994-1997
  • American Bar Association – Committee on Labor and Employment Law; Labor and Antitrust Law Subcommittee, Co-chairman, 1985-1988

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • Brooklyn Law School – Adjunct Professor of Law, 1996-1998
  • Member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the First Judicial Department, January 1, 2009 to date
  • Arbitrator on the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association, November 2009 to date
  • Mediator on the Mediation Panel appointed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, September 2011 to date

 Related Practices


  • Yale University, J.D., 1975
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1971


  • New York, 1982
  • Connecticut, 1975
  • District of Columbia, 1976
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

 Committee/Leadership Roles

  • Ethics Committee

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