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James R. Billings-Kang

Associate

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-5356
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James Billings-Kang is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington D.C. office. He concentrates his practice on litigation matters, with a particular focus in complex civil litigation at both the state and federal levels.  He has significant experience in all facets of a lawsuit, with extensive deposition and courtroom familiarity.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Billings-Kang was a litigation associate at two Washington, DC-based law firms. He has represented a digital-media company in a legal malpractice suit; advised a financial institution involved in a misappropriation-of-trade-secrets litigation; and contributed to a historic civil rights lawsuit against a state's police department, resulting in a landmark settlement that was the first to require a police agency to compile and publish data for all highway drug and weapons searches. He previously represented a pro bono client seeking special immigrant juvenile status, which has included conducting oral advocacy before an immigration court and filing requests under the Freedom of Information Act, in addition to a number of clients seeking political asylum in America.

He has authored key legal memorandum focusing on issues such as the Securities Act, the Department of Justice's guidelines on conflicts of interests, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's regulations on mortgagee charges for the closing of FHA-insured mortgages, the State Department's regulations for encrypted data transitioning, the False Claims Act, and pharmaceutical settlements with the Food and Drug Administration for the misbranding of drugs, to name a few.

Mr. Billings-Kang also worked for the Honorable R. Terrence Ney on a variety of civil, criminal, and domestic-relations matters at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.

While in law school, he was a member of the editorial boards of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law and the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, as well as an officer of the Lile Moot Court Board and a participant of the Extramural Moot Court. Currently, Mr. Billings-Kang is on the executive board of the University of Virginia’s Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network.

Super Lawyers Magazine annually recognized Mr. Billings-Kang as a Washington, D.C. Rising Star between 2013 and 2019.

James Billings-Kang is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Washington D.C. office. He concentrates his practice on litigation matters, with a particular focus in complex civil litigation at both the state and federal levels.  He has significant experience in all facets of a lawsuit, with extensive deposition and courtroom familiarity.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Billings-Kang was a litigation associate at two Washington, DC-based law firms. He has represented a digital-media company in a legal malpractice suit; advised a financial institution involved in a misappropriation-of-trade-secrets litigation; and contributed to a historic civil rights lawsuit against a state's police department, resulting in a landmark settlement that was the first to require a police agency to compile and publish data for all highway drug and weapons searches. He previously represented a pro bono client seeking special immigrant juvenile status, which has included conducting oral advocacy before an immigration court and filing requests under the Freedom of Information Act, in addition to a number of clients seeking political asylum in America.

He has authored key legal memorandum focusing on issues such as the Securities Act, the Department of Justice's guidelines on conflicts of interests, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's regulations on mortgagee charges for the closing of FHA-insured mortgages, the State Department's regulations for encrypted data transitioning, the False Claims Act, and pharmaceutical settlements with the Food and Drug Administration for the misbranding of drugs, to name a few.

Mr. Billings-Kang also worked for the Honorable R. Terrence Ney on a variety of civil, criminal, and domestic-relations matters at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia.

While in law school, he was a member of the editorial boards of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law and the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, as well as an officer of the Lile Moot Court Board and a participant of the Extramural Moot Court. Currently, Mr. Billings-Kang is on the executive board of the University of Virginia’s Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network.

Super Lawyers Magazine annually recognized Mr. Billings-Kang as a Washington, D.C. Rising Star between 2013 and 2019.

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2008)

  • B.A., Hampden-Sydney College summa cum laude (2005)
    Allan Scholar
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Courts

  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • US Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland
  • US Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, District of Maryland
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • D.C. Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America—Greater Washington (Regional Board of Directors)
  • Mentors, Inc.

Representative Engagements

  • Defended a trade organization and obtained dismissal of over 4,000 product-liability lawsuits from over 35 states consolidated in a multi-district litigation on the basis of personal jurisdiction
  • Represented a large organization in a trade-secrets lawsuit and received a favorable settlement within months of filing a verified complaint, seeking emergency injunctive relief, emergency discovery, and monetary relief
  • In a first-of-its kind argument before the DC Superior Court based on DC's anti-SLAPP statute, obtained dismissal of trade organization accused of committing fraud and conspiracy to hide the purported dangers of a product
  • Defended a claims administrator of a self-funded plan from ERISA and breach of fiduciary duty claims by staving off filing of lawsuit by an insurance plan beneficiary and insurance plan administrator
  • Represented large company against claims of antitrust violations hinged on the company’s suggested resale price policy
  • Successfully defended Fortune 20 company against claims of mortgage fraud and statutory violations (RESPA, TILA) through motion to dismiss
  • Defended large mortgage servicer in putative class action in federal court against claims of mortgage fraud and illegal debt collection through successful motion for summary judgment
  • Represented Fortune 100 company in mediation concerning complex contract dispute regarding high-grade military equipment that led to favorable result
  • Successfully defended real-estate developer against claims of wrongful foreclosure and quiet title through summary-judgment motion and subsequent attempts to undo a favorable settlement agreement during a four-day evidentiary proceeding