James M. Perez is an Associate General Counsel specializing in litigation, investigations, and privacy and cybersecurity matters.
Mr. Perez earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC). He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was the Executive Editor of the New York University Law Review. He also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Detroit, Michigan and to the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr. for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. In 2016, Mr. Perez was named one of the National Bar Association's "Nation's Best Advocates: Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers." For his pro bono work, he received the 2019 Humanitarian Award from the ACLU of Southern California.
Prior to joining Caltech's Office of General Counsel, Mr. Perez was an attorney in private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in government litigation, investigations, and privacy matters. Previously, Mr. Perez was Counsel to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he helped manage the largest U.S. Attorney's Office in the country. Mr. Perez was also a Senior Assistant United States Attorney in the Office's Appellate Division. He earned five Special Achievement Awards for his work as a federal prosecutor.