James Batson is a Senior Investment Manager and Legal Counsel at Bentham IMF, a publicly traded litigation funder. Jim is one of the most experienced professionals working in litigation funding in the United States. In addition to having spent two years with Bentham IMF, Jim formerly held roles as Chief Operating Officer for Fulbrook Capital Management and Consultant for Lumius Capital LLC.
He possesses 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer with a prestigious plaintiff’s law firm that brought cases on a contingent-fee basis. An accomplished litigator, Jim tried cases in federal and state court and before the American Arbitration Association, JAMS, FINRA and the Chicago Board of Trade. He also handled regulatory proceedings before the SEC, the NYSE and FINRA.
Jim is a leader in the field of case management, including being a member of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York’s Advisory Groups’ Pilot Project regarding Case Management Techniques for Complex Civil Cases, and lead counsel in the famous case of Zubulake vs. UBS Warburg, which resulted in five seminal opinions by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York addressing a company’s duty to preserve documents and emails.
Jim received a B.A. in Economics and English from Cornell University, a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and an M.B.A. from Fordham University School of Business.