Title: Shareholder

Office: (303) 861- 5300

Cell: (720) 557-6270

Email: jlord@gvlslaw.com

James M. Lord is a shareholder with Glade Voogt Lopez Smith. Jim’s legal practice focuses primarily on internal investigations, compliance, business crimes, regulatory matters, commercial litigation (including class action litigation), and whistleblower and qui tam actions. He represents a wide variety of clients, ranging from large corporations to individuals and not-for-profits. Jim is a seasoned litigator and regulatory compliance practitioner who served as a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutor for over twenty years. 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 investigations, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, money laundering, accounting fraud, securities fraud, healthcare fraud, cybercrime, intellectual property, theft of trade secrets, counterfeiting, human trafficking and organized crime investigations.

Jim also served as the U.S. DOJ’s Intermittent Legal Adviser to Tanzania. He assisted the Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Bureau with their corruption and money-laundering investigations, conducted anti-corruption and asset recovery training and drafted anti-bribery legislation. Jim also served as an Expert Advisor for the U.S. DOJ at international conferences hosted for law enforcement, prosecutors and the judiciary from Bulgaria, Cameroon, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Poland, 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. His practice focused on conducting risk assessments and compliance reviews, assisting with internal investigations, conducting regulatory training for multinational companies and foreign sovereigns, and managing international “due diligence” investigations. Jim previously was a partner in two other law firms where much of his practice focused on FCPA and anti-corruption matters, as well as white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation.

In addition to being a named partner in the firm, Jim serves as Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of Compliance Strategies International, LLC, a compliance consulting firm he co-founded. Additionally Jim serves as Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of Grounded Compliance Investigations LLC, a global investigative firm he co-founded. Jim also developed an innovative compliance software solution named RiskAverter™, now owned by Dow Jones, which enables multinational companies to effectively and efficiently manage third-party anti-corruption risk. For more information on Grounded Compliance Investigations LLC click here and on RiskAverter™ here.

Primary Practice Areas

  • Compliance, Internal Investigations & Corporate Defense Practice
  • Criminal Defense & White Collar Practice
  • Litigation, Class Action & Appeals Practice
  • Qui Tam & Whistleblower Practice
  • Sports & Athletics Law Practice

Professional Associations and Memberships

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 Vice-Chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee for the ABA’s Business Law Section. Jim is a frequent speaker at compliance and bar association conferences on anti-corruption, corporate compliance, anti-money laundering, human trafficking and internal investigation topics; Jim continues to conduct Rule of Law training for the American Bar Association globally. Additionally, Jim also serves as an Expert Advisor to The Global Health Assurance Partnership (GHAP), an international organization focused on assisting global not-for-profits and non-governmental organizations in detecting and preventing the counterfeiting of medicines and health products. Jim previously served as an adjunct professor of business law for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, and as a member of the Board of Directors for CrimeStoppers of Puget Sound.

Bar & Court Admissions

State Bar Admissions

  • Active
    • Colorado
    • Washington
  • Inactive
    • District of Columbia
    • Georgia
    • Florida

Federal Court Admissions

  • District of Colorado
  • Southern District of Florida
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Western District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Recent Publications

  • “The End of Check the Box Anti-Corruption Compliance: Examining ISO and DOJ Guidance” published by Dow Jones, June 2017
  • “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 Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Institute on “Foreign Agents, Partners & Intermediaries: You Can’t Live with Them, But You Can’t Live Without Them” in October 2017.”
  • Co-presented on “Third-party due diligence — is a global standard emerging?” for a webinar sponsored by Dow Jones in June 2017
  • Co-presented on “Does A Defensible Anti-Corruption (or FCPA) Compliance Program Mean That It’s Understood in the Field?” at the MetricStream GRC Summit in June 2017
  • Moderated panel at the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Institute on “Foreign Agents, Partners & Intermediaries: You Can’t Live with Them, But You Can’t Live Without Them” in October 2016
  • 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 The Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement (“AGMA”) 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)

Outside Interests

  • Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Backpacking
  • Mountaineering
  • Tennis