James D. Mathias

Jim Mathias is a trial lawyer who engages in a general corporate, securities, and business litigation practice. He focuses on litigation concerning securities and financial services, class actions, board governance, complex financial transactions, fraud, internal corporate and compliance investigations, and contract disputes.

Jim is the chair of the Baltimore Litigation department and co-chair of DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities Litigation group. He also serves as a member of the firmwide Policy Committee. Jim served as National Hiring co-chair in charge of recruiting firmwide from 2000 to 2005. He served as the Baltimore office Hiring Partner from 1997 to 2003.

Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Chambers USA recommends him for his strengths in disputes concerning securities and financial services. Chambers and Partners, quotes a source saying that Jim "earns praise for his 'piercing intellect' and 'good judgment.'" Another impressed source notes that "the legal advice and the work results provided by Jim are of a very high quality. He has an aim-oriented approach which was highly appreciated by our mutual client." Jim is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, based on peer review in several areas, including Securities and Bet-the-Company Litigation. He was named Best Lawyers’ 2014-15 Baltimore Litigation-Securities “Lawyer of the Year.” He is a Maryland Super Lawyer.

In November 2014, Jim was awarded a 2014 Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements, community service and mentoring within Maryland's legal community. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Frederick Motz in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in 1988-89.


Business: Closely Held

Business: Torts

Class Actions


Contracts: General

Corporate Governance


Estates & Trusts

Financial Services


Malpractice: Other than Medical

Product Liability

Real Estate


Tort: General


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 1988

Amherst College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1983


District of Columbia



American College of Trial Lawyers

Federal Bar Association, Board of Governors, Maryland Chapter (2002 – 2015)

American Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore City Bar Association

CPermanent Member, Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Serjeants Inn Law Club



Co-Chair, Corporate and Securities Litigation
Chair, Baltimore Litigation
DLA Piper LLP (US)
The Marbury Building
6225 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland, 21209-3600

E-mail: james.mathias@dlapiper.com
Phone: 240-553-1206
Fax: 301-220-1214
Website: www.dlapiper.com

Full Biography (PDF)


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