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Personal Profile

Jim Humphrey is a partner and member of the firm’s Business Litigation, Government Investigations, and Regulatory Compliance Practice Groups.  Jim brings more than 20 years of litigation experience to the firm in the areas of complex commercial litigation, officer & director liability, shareholder disputes, class actions, and multidistrict litigation.  Jim has also been called on to represent other law firms and lawyers in professional malpractice and tort claims.

After beginning his legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Gary A. Fenner, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Jim joined a large Kansas City law firm known for its business litigation practice.  Jim was a shareholder in that firm when it merged in 2009 and became a rarity as a locally-headquartered AmLaw 100 law firm.  As a partner in that firm, Jim continued working with a variety of business clients and, among many highlights, led a trial team against the Federal Trade Commission and secured a rare victory against the U.S. government at a preliminary injunction hearing.

In 2015, Jim joined the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and its Division of Enforcement.  He served as a Senior Trial Attorney and handled investigations and litigation across the nation, including in the areas of solicitation fraud and Ponzi schemes, bitcoin and other virtual currency investments, spoofing involving electronic trading, insider trading, and money laundering schemes.  He also worked extensively with U.S. law enforcement and other regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, DEA, and SEC.

Jim’s law firm and government experience enables him to counsel large financial institutions, Fintech and energy companies, and businesses large and small, in independent and internal investigations, compliance, enforcement proceedings and complex, bet-the-company litigation.



  • Creighton University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude 1998)
    • Assistant Editor, Creighton Law Review
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.S., Criminal Justice & Criminology, cum laude 1995)

Clerk Experience

  • Clerked for the Hon. Gary A. Fenner in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Kansas City

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Bar Jurisdictions

  • Missouri, 1998
  • New York, 2009

Professional Memberships/Community Involvement

  • Master, Ross T. Roberts Trial Academy, 2015-present
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2013-present
  • Centurions Leadership Program, Greater KC Chamber of Commerce, 2013-2015
  • Business Council Representative, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2013-2015
  • Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of Middle America, Inc., 2011-2015
  • Graduate, Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Citizens’ Academy, November, 2014
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City, President 2012-2013
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Board of Directors 2007-2013

Publications & Presentations

  • Heather A. Humphrey, James M. Humphrey IV, & Robert V. Spake, Jr., “Expediting and Streamlining Litigation, in Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel,” at 60B (Robert L. Haig ed., 2014).


  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in Business Litigation, Missouri/Kansas
  • Recognized as Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyer in Business Litigation
  • Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly 2020 POWER 30 List for White Collar Defense, a list identifying the 30 most powerful white-collar attorneys in Missouri