Sheila R. Adams James

Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
RBS 2001

Sheila is a partner in the Antitrust & Competition Group and Litigation Department of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York.  Sheila represents clients in a variety of civil litigation and government investigations, and her practice focuses on antitrust investigations and litigation.  Her clients have included firms in the media and entertainment, technology, pharmaceutical, financial services and manufacturing industries, as well as individual corporate directors.  She has also devoted substantial time to representing individuals on a pro bono basis, including several military Veterans seeking disability benefits and a client who was granted clemency by President Barack Obama in January 2017.   In 2017, she was recognized for her pro bono work with the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Champion of Justice Award and Davis Polk’s Pro Bono Award.  In 2019, Sheila received a National Bar Association “40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocates” award, as well as one of the association’s five individual “40 Under 40” awards for Excellence in Leadership.  She is a Co-Chair of the Spring Meeting of the ABA Antitrust Law Section and a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Law School Association.  

Prior to joining Davis Polk, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  A native of Harlem and Washington Heights in New York City, Sheila is a first-generation college graduate who received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and law degree from Columbia Law School.