James M. Lord

Phone: 303.861.5300
Fax: 303.861.2746 
Email: jlord@inmanflynn.com

Jim Lord is a shareholder with Inman Flynn.  His practice focuses on internal investigations, compliance, business crimes, regulatory matters, and complex civil litigation (including class action litigation).  Jim is a seasoned litigator and compliance practitioner who served as a U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor for over twenty years. 

In addition, Jim currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of Compliance Strategies International, LLC (“Compliance SI”) a compliance consulting firm he co-founded.  In that role Jim developed RiskAverter, an innovative compliance software solution that enables multi-national companies to effectively and efficiently manage third-party anti-corruption risk. For more information regarding Risk Averter visit riskaverter.com.

During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Jim served as Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force, Chief of the Corporate Fraud Task Force, Chair of the Financial Investigations Review Team, an Asset Forfeiture & Money Laundering attorney, and a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of Washington.  He managed numerous complex inquiries, including regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, accounting fraud, securities fraud, healthcare fraud, cybercrime, intellectual property crimes, theft of trade secrets, counterfeiting, and organized crime. 

Jim also served as the U.S. DOJ’s Intermittent Legal Adviser (ILA) to Tanzania, where he provided to that country's Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Bureau training regarding anti-corruption and asset recovery issues, provided guidance on corruption investigations, and drafted anti-bribery legislation.  Jim also served as an expert advisor for the U.S. DOJ at international conferences hosted for law enforcement from Bulgaria, Cameroon, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Rwanda, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Uganda, the Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

After leaving the U.S. DOJ, Jim served as a Senior Director for an international consulting firm, where his practice focused on conducting risk assessments and compliance reviews, assisting with internal investigations, conducting regulatory training for multi-national companies and foreign sovereigns, and managing international “due diligence" investigations. Prior to joining Inman Flynn, Jim was a Partner in two other law firms where much of his practice focused on FCPA and anti-corruption matters, in addition to white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation.

Practice Areas

Business Law  and Complex Commercial Litigation
Class Action Litigation
Corporate Compliance
Criminal Defense
False Claims Act/Qui Tam Matters
Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets
Internal Investigations
Trials and Appeals

Professional Involvement

Jim serves on the Anti-Corruption Steering Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Africa Committee for the ABA’s International Law Section. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Anti-Money Laundering and Internal Investigation subcommittees for the Corporate Compliance Committee of the ABA's Business Law Section.  Jim is a frequent speaker at compliance and bar association conferences on anti-corruption, corporate compliance, and internal investigation topics.  In addition, Jim serves as an adjunct professor of business law for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Bar Admissions

Jim is an active member of the bar and admitted to practice in Colorado, Florida, and Washington.

Recent Publications

  • “DOJ Fraud Section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan and Guidance is it Anything New?” published in Inside Counsel Magazine, June 2016
  • “The Yates Memo: Friend or Foe to Compliance Officers?” published in Inside Counsel Magazine, October 2015
  • “Foreign Agents and Partners: Blessing or Curse to International Business?” published in Inside Counsel Magazine, July 2015
  • “The New Anti-Corruption Ethics & Compliance Handbook for Business,” Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Magazine, June 2014

Recent Speeches

  • Moderated panel at the ABA's Section of International Law 2015 Fall Meeting on "Doing Business Ethically in Africa:  Success Stories and Challenges" in October 2015
  • Moderated panel on "Foreign Agents & Partners: Blessing or Curse to International Business" at the ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting in September 2015
  • Co-presented on "Foreign Agents and Partners: Blessing or Curse to International Business?" at University of Denver Ethics Institute Event in May 2015
  • Presented on “FCPA Compliance and Investigations Best Practices” at AGMA's First Quarter Conference in January 2015
  • Co-presented on "Anti-Corruption & the FCPA in Africa" for a webinar sponsored by the Africa Committee of the International Law Section in November 2014


J. D., Vanderbilt University, 1984
B.A., Vanderbilt University, 1981 (cum laude)