Jim A. Walden is a founding partner of Walden Macht & Haran LLP.
Mr. Walden defends corporate and individual clients in high-stakes governmental investigations, regulatory actions and civil disputes. He has conducted many corporate internal investigations, including matters involving allegations of securities and other financial frauds, antitrust activity, insider trading, computer crimes, money laundering, medical-device fraud, tax violations and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the False Claims Act.
In addition to his work for corporate clients, Mr. Walden has represented dozens of individuals in various high-profile criminal cases and investigations, and not one of his clients has served a prison sentence.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Walden served as a federal prosecutor for almost nine years. During his service with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, he led an extensive number of cases and established himself as one of its most experienced litigators.
Mr. Walden’s work earned him many awards, including the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s “Prosecutor of the Year,” and was profiled in the New York Times and Daily News. Mr. Walden has been named in The Best Lawyers in America© as a leading Criminal Defense: White Collar lawyer; and awarded Gibson Dunn’s prestigious Frank Wheat Award for his work in the Food Stamps case, which had resulted in retroactive benefits being awarded in excess of $14,000,000 to Mr. Walden’s clients.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Walden clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Walden is a 1991 graduate of Temple University School of Law. He received the Packel Memorial Award for holding the highest grade point average in his graduating class and the Barenkopf Award for holding the highest grade point average after his second year. He was also the recipient of the Zaslow Memorial Award for Academic Excellence and Citizenship and the Shull Memorial Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and Research. Mr. Walden graduated with honors from Hamilton College in 1988, with a major in history and a minor in computer science.