Charles James

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Person.png Charles James  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, businessman)
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BornMay 2, 1954
Alma materWesleyan University, George Washington University
Revolving door lawyer for big oil. Attended Bilderberg 2002.

Employment.png Vice president

In office
2002 - 2010

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In office
14 June 2001 - 2002
In charge of the Antitrust Division

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In office
Preceded byCharles James
Succeeded byCharles James

Charles Albert James[1] is an American attorney specializing in antitrust law, where he is one of the few African Americans in the field.[2]

James was Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division at the United States Department of Justice from 2001 to 2002.[3] At the time Chevron Corp. and Texaco Inc. merged to create the world's fourth-largest investor-owned oil company, known as Chevron-Texaco.[4] In 2002, James quit government and became vice president and general counsel of Chevron-Texaco, with a base salary of $475,000 per year (in 2002 dollars).[5]

Early life and education

James was born in Newark, New Jersey, where he attended Union High School.[3] He earned his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in 1976 and his J.D. degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University in 1979.[6]


From 1979 to 1985, James worked for the Federal Trade Commission, serving as Assistant to the Director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition from 1983 to 1985. He entered private practice in 1985, joining Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. He returned to the federal government in 1989 during the George H. W. Bush administration, serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Antitrust Division. He was Acting Assistant Attorney General for several months in 1992. James returned to Jones Day in 1992, where he practiced law until his confirmation as Assistant Attorney General on June 14, 2001.[6][7]

In 2002, James re-entered private practice, serving as vice president and general counsel of Chevron-Texaco. He was made executive vice president in 2009.[8] He retired in 2010, joining the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU as an adjunct professor specializing in antitrust.[9]

Since 2010, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/200230 May 20022 June 2002US
Westfields Marriott
The 50th Bilderberg, held at Chantilly, Virginia.