Areas of Practice
Practice-Specific Experience
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1974
  • University of Notre Dame, B.S., Engineering Science, magna cum laude, 1971
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals: District of Columbia, First, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court, District of Delaware

James F. Hibey

1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6407
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

James F. Hibey is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where he is a member of the Litigation Department.  Mr. Hibey is a former federal prosecutor with over 25 years of experience in private practice and more than 120 jury and non-jury trials to his credit.

Mr. Hibey has experience representing corporations and individuals in grand jury proceedings and white-collar criminal matters involving fraud, federal elections laws, espionage and security matters, criminal tax law, environmental law, and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the False Claims Act. He has handled internal investigations for companies in response to government inquiries and whistleblower claims, or as a prophylactic measure.  In addition, he has represented various government contractors in connection with allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse.

Mr. Hibey also has significant experience in a variety of civil litigation, including antitrust and state franchise law claims, intellectual property, trade secret, RICO, qui tam, lender liability, attorney liability, bankruptcy proceedings, and constitutional law claims.

Representative Matters

  • Numerous internal investigations on behalf of corporations and associations involving allegations of violations of various laws of the United States, including, among others, the FCPA and the False Claims Act.
  • United States v. Raymond Azar. Represented defendant against charges of corruption against the United States government in Afghanistan.
  • Danvers Motor Company, et al. v. Ford Motor Company. Represents Ford in a civil class action involving the Robinson-Patman Act, the Automobile Dealers’ Day in Court Act, and various state franchise law claims.
  • Hurricane Katrina-related Insurance Litigation. Represents an insurance-adjusting firm in over 100 cases related to claims made in connection with Hurricane Katrina. The cases include allegations of RICO violations, fraud, breach of contract, and negligence.
  • American Maritime Officers Union v. Jerome E. Joseph. Secured a multimillion-dollar verdict in favor of a labor union, the American Maritime Officers Union, in a jury trial involving allegations of theft of trade secrets and breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • 7-Eleven, Inc. v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. Represented plaintiff 7-Eleven in a Robinson Patman Act and breach of contract case, which was settled approximately 10 days before trial.
  • Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. v. Advanced Bionics Corporation. Represented defendant as co-counsel at summary judgment phase and as co-trial counsel in a patent infringement case that settled shortly before trial on terms favorable to our client.
  • Toomey et al. v. Wachovia Insurance Services, Inc. et al. Obtained a multimillion-dollar verdict for a client in an insurance recovery case alleging breach of fiduciary duties by a broker.
  • In the Matter of the Licensing of Ford Motor Company before the Texas Department of Transportation - Motor Vehicle Board. Served as national coordination and trial counsel for Ford in defending nationwide customer incentive programs instituted in 2000. This particular case involved alleged violations of state franchise and antitrust statutes. The case was resolved after a jury trial and months of post-trial briefing in 2005, after the program at issue had run its scheduled five-year course.
  • Pedro J. Rosello-Gonzalez, et al. v. Sila M. Calderon Serra, et al. Led a team of 10 lawyers from Puerto Rico and the US, representing the statehood party candidate in a federal court challenge to the procedures and vote counting in the 2004 Puerto Rico gubernatorial election.
  • Navajo Nation et al. v. Peabody Holding Co. et al. Represented Salt River Project, one of several defendants in a federal court case alleging fraud in the negotiation and payment of royalties by certain coal and utility companies to the Navajo Nation. Obtained dismissal of Salt River Project on immunity grounds.
  • United Way of America. Led one of the first-ever investigations into the financial reporting and accounting of a major national nonprofit, which ultimately resulted in the revision of the policies and procedure of the organization.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, International Society of Barristers
  • Member, District of Columbia Barristers
  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation, Criminal Law and Individual Rights Sections
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association