James McGrath Partner - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

James McGrath is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried cases, argued appeals and appeared before a variety of state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout the United States.

Mr. McGrath’s practice focuses on litigation and counseling related to franchise and distribution matters, antitrust and trade regulation issues, and complex commercial litigation. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including motor vehicle, transportation, manufacturing, financial services, retail and energy.

In the franchise and distribution area, Mr. McGrath represents numerous manufacturers, distributors and trade organizations on a wide variety of matters, many involving the motor vehicle industry. He has handled matters involving a variety of issues, including wrongful termination, unlawful discrimination, antitrust, improper allocation, and inadequate warranty reimbursement, brought as individual, mass, and class actions. He has obtained significant victories on issues of first impression before the Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits. He also advises clients on various legislative matters affecting the motor vehicle industry. He has been named a Best Lawyer in America in the area of Franchise Law and was selected as the “Lawyer of the Year” for Franchise Law in Boston for 2015.

Over the past several years, Mr. McGrath has represented two major financial institutions in federal tax refund litigation concerning their entitlement to foreign tax credits generated in connection with a complex, cross-border financial transaction known as STARS. In energy-industry matters, Mr. McGrath has represented various companies in litigation, regulatory, and construction disputes.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Mr. McGrath was a partner at Bingham McCutchen in Boston, where he practiced for over twenty years.


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