Partner, Cooley

Tanisha James' practice focuses on the representation and counseling of corporate clients in connection with their complex domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures, and government and private antitrust investigations. Her clients regularly entrust her with guiding investors and companies through Hart-Scott-Rodino Act merger review analysis and process, negotiating with governmental and private parties, responding to second requests and agency investigations, advocating before the agencies and political bodies, and coordinating cross-jurisdictional antitrust defense strategies around the world. She also regularly provides counseling and training on a wide range of antitrust issues such as private equity and minority investments, compliance, distribution and licensing of intellectual property. 

Tanisha is also dedicated to using her legal skills to advocate for and improve the lives of underrepresented groups. She has successfully represented a number of pro bono clients including an El Salvadoran asylum applicant fleeing persecution by a high-ranking government official in her native country. Tanisha recently represented a transgender individual fleeing persecution by gangs in El Salvador, successfully winning a bench trial by rare written decision. She is also an active participant in the voting rights initiatives of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Tanisha is active in the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust where she currently serves as a Vice Chair on the Membership & Diversity committee.