Jim Metropoulos focuses primarily on communications and appellate litigation.
He also has experience with products liability, regulated industries, insurance
coverage disputes, insurance company liquidations, design and construction
disputes, civil RICO and antitrust.
Jim has devoted the majority of his practice to communications-related
litigation, and he has worked almost exclusively on communications matters since
becoming a partner in 2001. In that time, Jim has represented AT&T (and before
that, SBC and Ameritech) in a host of matters, addressing numerous complex and
hotly contested issues. He has served as lead appellate counsel in both state
and federal appellate courts and as lead trial counsel in numerous arbitrations
and other disputes before state regulatory commissions.
Jim has been described as "thorough," "very diligent," "excellent on his
feet," and "a favorite among clients for appeals," with the "depth of expertise
to handle complex matters" (Chambers USA). He has also been recognized as
a Leading Lawyer by Chambers USA since 2005.
According to Chambers 2009, Jim is "...widely regarded as 'an outstanding brief writer,' and is also one of the group's best appellate lawyers."
Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Jim served as a Law Clerk to The Honorable
Joseph T. Sneed, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1993-1994) and
worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) in Detroit
Jim Metropoulos is a co-author of Mayer Brown's Federal Appellate Practice treatise, published by BNA Books in December 2008.