James A. Dunbar

Dunbar James

Jamie Dunbar represents clients in commercial and appellate litigation and securities-related matters. Jamie’s clients are businesses and individuals facing high-stakes securities, employment, derivative, class action, and other claims. He also represents clients with issues involving land use, trusts and estates/fiduciary litigation, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and pension funding. In addition, he often oversees and responds to corporate investigations and regulatory proceedings.

Jamie has assisted organizations in the financial services, retail, benefit plan, mutual fund, technology, healthcare, and education sectors. He regularly appears as first-chair counsel in cases before federal and state courts in Maryland and other U.S. states. Jamie also represents nonprofit organizations and independent schools in various matters.


Representative Matters

  • Serves as lead counsel for a major financial institution in pending securities litigation
  • Represented financial services institutions in checking account overdraft consumer class actions in Florida
  • Represents the board of trustees of the Baltimore City Fire and Police Employees Retirement System in underfunding litigation
  • Represented a retailer in a securities class action
  • Represented a mutual fund and three of its independent directors in Scalisi v. Grills, et al. derivative litigation in the Eastern District of New York
  • Represented the former chief financial officer and former president of a major financial services firm in derivative litigation challenging severance packages in the Southern District of New York
  • Represented the former chief financial officer of a high-tech company in derivative litigation alleging stock option backdating
  • Led an internal investigation into alleged money laundering by a major bank, and represented two directors in connection with related derivative litigation
  • Participated in numerous internal investigations, including such matters as allegations of improper earnings management and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Represented hospitals in actions challenging or defending the rates set under Maryland law
  • Represented numerous individuals in connection with departures from executive positions with public companies




  • J.D. University of Virginia School of Law 1981
  • B.A. Haverford College 1978

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland


  • AV® Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Pro Bono

  • Represents the child of a deceased police officer in a pension benefit dispute