Consero is honored to announce that James Neath has joined the faculty for the Corporate Litigation Forum 2012.

As Associate General Counsel for Global Litigation, James J. (Jim) Neath leads a team of 42 professionals, with lawyers and staff in the U.S. and London, responsible for managing BP’s global upstream, downstream, and corporate and divested business litigation. Before being appointed to this role in December 2008, Mr. Neath served for three years as Assistant General Counsel for U.S. Litigation, when he led a team who handled BP America Inc.’s full range of U.S. litigation. Before the litigation posting, Mr. Neath spent two years as Assistant General Counsel in charge of environmental, health, and safety matters for BP America’s Downstream & Corporate Legal Group in Warrenville, Illinois. In that role, he led a team of 16 attorneys and 10 paralegals responsible for providing environmental counseling, regulatory, and litigation services to BP America’s downstream businesses and for managing corporate environmental liabilities arising from BP’s divested U.S. businesses.

From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Neath served as Assistant General Counsel for BP’s Western Hemisphere Downstream Legal Group. In this role, he managed the legal team responsible for providing day-to-day commercial contracting, counselling, and antitrust legal advice to BP’s operating businesses in the petroleum refining and marketing segment. The year before, Mr. Neath was the Managing Attorney in charge of legal services for BP’s U.S. gasoline businesses.

Mr. Neath began his legal career with the oil company in 1991. For 10 years, he was a Senior Litigation Attorney for then Amoco Oil Company, later BP. He was responsible for handling class actions and other major commercial, tort, insurance, and intellectual property litigation.

Before moving in house, Mr. Neath was a litigator in Chicago for the law firm of then Mayer, Brown & Platt, where he tried complex commercial cases. He also served as Law Clerk to Hon. John W. Reynolds, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Mr. Neath received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1982, where he served as Editor of the Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Political Science from Marquette University in 1979.

Mr. Neath has published a number of articles and has been invited to speak on many occasions on a variety of litigation topics, such as electronic discovery, outside counsel management, budgeting, ADR, and case management tools.