James G. McCarney

Mr. McCarney is a native New Yorker and founder of the Firm. Following graduation from NYU Law School and a three-year stint at Dewey Ballantine, Mr. McCarney struck out on his own to co-found what became the premier white collar criminal and civil litigation boutique of Engel, McCarney & Kenney. Working closely with two veteran prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, Mr. McCarney handled a wide variety of civil and criminal litigations in federal and state courts across the country, as well as arbitrations in both the U.S. and Europe. Prosecuting and defending claims on behalf of both a domestic and international clientèle, he served as lead trial and appellate counsel in the wide range of matters which give rise to the Firm’s current practice areas.

In 2007, Mr. McCarney’s former firm became the cornerstone of the New York office of an AmLaw 100 firm, where he brought his skills to bear on behalf of Fortune 500 and other multi-national clients. He returned to his own practice in March 2013 where he continues to bring the benefits of his unique experience to bear for the benefit of his clients.


New York University School of Law
    Juris Doctor, 1981
    NYU Law Review

University of Virginia
    B.A., 1978
    Echols Scholar
    Woodrow Wilson
    Honors Program

Chaminade High School

Court Admissions

• U.S. Supreme Court
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
• U.S. Court of Federal Claims
• U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
• U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
• U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
• U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
• U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Professional Memberships

• Federal Bar Council
• New York City Bar Association
• New York State Bar Association


• City Bar Center for CLE, “Document Retention – Ethical & Legal Practical Advice.” Presented with Professor Elizabeth Goldman (Cardozo Law School), Steven G. Rawlings (SEC-NY) and Joana Goldenstein (KPMG).


• Super Lawyers Magazine, cited for General, Securities and International Litigation

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey