Consumer Class Action Defense
Complex Commercial Litigation
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
- J.D. 2017, cum laude
- Indiana Law Journal, Articles Editor
- Indiana Journal of Constitutional Design, Editor-in-Chief
- Graduate Research Assistant
Bob Jones University
- B.A. History, 2014
summa cum laude
State Bar of Georgia
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
James M. Ruley
James is a member of KCO’s complex commercial litigation and class action defense team. He has worked on a wide variety of commercial matters including breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment litigation in both federal and state courts.
Prior to entering private practice, James clerked for the Honorable Keith Blackwell of the Supreme Court of Georgia, where he assisted Justice Blackwell on a variety of civil and criminal cases. He also previously served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, where he worked on appeals from civil rights, employment, immigration, and criminal matters.
James graduated cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he received the highest grade in his civil procedure, contracts, and constitutional law courses. He also served as an Articles Editor for the Indiana Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Journal of Constitutional Design, and he published Notes in each journal. James also externed with the Honorable David Hamilton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and served as a graduate research assistant to two professors. Prior to law school, James graduated summa cum laude from Bob Jones University with a degree in history.
- Successfully defended several corporate clients against putative class actions and individual lawsuits asserted under a variety of federal and state statutes. In many of these matters, obtained dismissal with no payment by clients.
- Negotiated settlement for client after filing Complaint and dispositive motions in federal court, including full payment of principal amount (over $1 million), as well as a portion of attorneys’ fees and costs.
- Obtained complete dismissal on behalf of client of seven-figure breach of contract claim in federal court.
- Assisted client in obtaining dissolution of TRO freezing assets following business divorce, negotiated agreement for accounting of company and dissolution of assets outside of the litigation process.
- Negotiated pre-suit settlement on behalf of client, requiring payout at one-tenth of the initial demand.
- Obtained complete dismissal of lawsuit against medical providers and hospital on procedural grounds.