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Clerkships
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Raymond M. Kethledge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Stephen J. Murphy III, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • Senior Articles Editor, American Criminal Law Review
  • Patrick Henry College, B.A., summa cum laude and Highest Honors
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Indiana
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 6th and D.C. Circuits
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

James Barta

James Barta’s practice focuses on appellate litigation as well as motions practice and issue analysis at the trial level. He has briefed matters in the United States Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, federal district courts, and state courts on a wide range of topics, including administrative, constitutional, patent, energy, criminal, and corporate law.

Before joining MoloLamken, Mr. Barta clerked for the Honorable Raymond M. Kethledge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Honorable Stephen J. Murphy III, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He also has taught at Georgetown University Law Center.

Representative Matters

  • Ziglar v. Abbasi, 137 S. Ct. 1843 (2017) – Whether a Bivens claim is available against prison officials for actions taken in connection with the confinement of foreign nationals detained in a terrorism investigation
  • Halo Elecs., Inc. v. Pulse Elecs., Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1923 (2016) (amicus brief) – Whether a rigid two-step test supplies the proper standard for enhanced damages for patent infringement
  • Hughes v. Talen Energy Mktg., LLC, 136 S. Ct. 1288 (2016) (amicus brief) – Whether the Federal Power Act preempts state energy initiatives to encourage new generation
  • NRG Power Mktg., LLC v. FERC, 862 F.3d 108 (D.C. Cir. 2017) – Whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission validly adopted rules to govern capacity markets in PJM Interconnection, LLC
  • Thales Visionix, Inc. v. United States, 850 F.3d 1343 (Fed. Cir. 2017) (amicus brief) – Whether a patent for an inertial motion tracking system was directed to patent-eligible subject matter
  • Control New Miss, LLC v. Timpone, No. 2016-CH-07155 (Ill. Cir. Ct.) – Whether the plaintiff adequately pleaded a claim against corporate directors and a shareholder for breach of fiduciary duty