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James Burnham represents companies and individuals in civil and criminal litigation against the federal government, state governments, and other governmental entities. He has experience as both a trial lawyer and an appellate lawyer, having litigated complex and high-profile cases at every level of the judiciary.Most recently, James successfully sought certiorari in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a major First Amendment challenge to the coerced payment of "agency fees" to public employee unions, and in McDonnell v. United States, a major challenge to the scope and validity of the federal corruption laws. Both cases were argued in the current Supreme Court Term. Previously, James represented the Noel Canning Corporation in its successful challenge to President Obama's "recess" appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.