James (“Jim”) D. Durham was appointed as the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia on March 11, 2017 under the Vacancies Reform Act. As United States Attorney, Mr. Durham oversees federal litigation in the Civil, Criminal and Appellate cases, and as the District’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, is responsible for developing and implementing federal law enforcement strategies in the 43 counties comprising the Southern District of Georgia. He also continues to personally and actively prosecute cases in the United States District Court and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Mr. Durham joined the office in 2002 as an Assistant U. S. Attorney assigned to the Criminal Division, and has served as a member of the leadership team in the District for over a decade. Mr. Durham was appointed Chief of the Criminal Division in 2007. In 2010, he was appointed as the First Assistant U. S. Attorney, responsible for leading the daily office operations and overseeing the work of more than 60 Assistant U. S. Attorneys and support staff litigating and prosecuting cases on behalf of the United States.
During his more than 15 years of public service, including while he was serving as a member of the executive leadership team, Mr. Durham has vigorously prosecuted hundreds of defendants in complex cases involving public corruption, health care fraud, racketeering, money laundering, and other types of federal offenses. For his work as a prosecutor, the Department of Justice awarded him with Director’s Awards in 2006, 2011 and 2017. Additionally, HHS-OIG has twice awarded Mr. Durham with the Inspector General’s Integrity Award for his work in the fight against health care fraud. In 2014, Mr. Durham was inducted into the prestigious American College of Trial Attorneys, an honor for which he was nominated and which is reserved for only the most accomplished trial attorneys in the nation.
Mr. Durham received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1990. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Durham taught history at a public high school in Brunswick, Georgia. In 1995, Mr. Durham received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Durham joined Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins and Bever, a small Atlanta firm specializing in white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. He was elected partner of that firm in 2001 prior to joining the U. S. Attorney’s Office in 2002.
Mr. Durham resides with his wife, Leslie, and their two sons, Cameron and Hugh, in Savannah.