Burr & Forman

Fob James

Fob James
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • B.S., Software Engineering, Auburn University
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Alabama

  • Counseled cryptocurrency investors on tax-issues and exit strategies.

  • Represented a financial institution on cybersecurity matters during an audit by the federal government.

  • Represented a financial advisory firm in a breach of contract and tort matter that resulted in a favorable award and a denial of the broker /dealer’s counterclaims.

  • Represented businesses and financial institutions in non-compete agreement enforcement and contract matters.

  • Represented businesses and healthcare providers in data breach response.

  • Represented businesses in developing cybersecurity best practices and incident response plans.

  • Conducted cybersecurity legal risk assessments for various businesses.

  • Represented financial institutions in tort and UCC matters.

  • Represented broker/dealers in various industry related FINRA arbitrations.

  • Represented banks in commercial loan workouts.

  • Represented a Housing Authority in premises liability and negligence matters.

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Corporate Cybersecurity Commercial / Corporate Litigation Intellectual Property Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Securities Litigation Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Electronic Transactions

Fob is an attorney in the Birmingham office, where he practices in the firm's Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Electronic Transactions, Cybersecurity, and General Commercial Litigation Practice Groups.

Fob’s practice involves four primary areas: (1) counseling clients on cybersecurity risk management, data protection and privacy best practices, US and EU regulatory compliance, and data breach incident response; (2) counseling clients on blockchain technology, and cryptocurrency/ICO regulation and tax matters; (3) defending banks, credit unions, brokers, and other financial institutions in securities litigation and other commercial matters; and (4) representing businesses in disputes involving intellectual property, fraud, and contract issues.

Fob understands the regulatory environment surrounding cybersecurity risk management and incident response. Leveraging his technical background in Software Engineering, Fob brings a unique perspective to clients as a lawyer who understands hardware, software, and technological innovation. His approach to cybersecurity counseling bridges the gap between the legal and technical aspects of cyber risk.  He often works with in-house counsel and IT personnel to coordinate cybersecurity assessments and to develop and implement data security best practices, infosec policies, and incident response plans to minimize the legal risk of cyber intrusions.  After a breach, Fob is able to assist IT personnel and forensic experts in determining what accounts and/or data have been affected so that the client can respond aggressively. Recently, Fob partnered with ThreatAdvice, a cybersecurity training platform, to provide its customers with cybersecurity legal assessments.

Prior to and during law school, Fob operated multiple businesses and experienced legal matters from the perspective as a client.  Fob has owned car washes and co-founded multiple technology startups in the online poker industry. In 2010, one of Fob’s software projects, EasySeatPoker, began accepting BitCoin as a payment method. That triggered Fob’s interest in blockchain technology, which is a primary focus of his practice as a member of the firm’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Electronic Transactions Group.

Fob earned his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a member of the Dean’s list and served as Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law.  He also helped create a DACA eligibility mobile application for Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization focused on immigration matters. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for BookTech, which is a tech company that produces text analysis software for the book publishing industry. Outside of law Fob enjoys food, wine, tennis, cryptocurrency arbitrage, and occasionally politics.