James Colligan

Senior Associate


As an Associate, James works on education policy, achieving meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion within the environmental movement, and criminal justice reform.  James provides support to client teams by organizing Advocacy Days, briefings and other events on Capitol Hill, as well as drafting high-quality client work products.   

James works closely with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to advocate for increased federal funding of The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  By facilitating LAUSD’s engagement with key legislators, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA 2) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA 40), James has helped the client in establishing and strengthen ties with these legislators in D.C. and in California.  These ties have allowed LAUSD to find allies on Capitol Hill in the fight for IDEA increases.  

Prior to joining The Raben Group, James worked as a Litigation Legal Assistant in the Washington, DC offices of the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  While at the firm, he worked with multiple practices, including Mass Torts, Consumer Financial Services, and SEC Enforcement.  

James also worked at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, a nonprofit that believes the law should be a force to improve the lives of all people.  He first started as an Administrative Assistant, providing administrative support to all departments.  Thanks to his work-product quality and driven work-ethic, James was promoted to the Lawyer Chapters Fellowship.  As a Fellow, he helped grow a network of over 40 lawyer chapters nationwide by increasing membership through personal and online outreach.

James grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, as a dual American and Swiss citizen.  He studied at American University in Washington, D.C., where he received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.  James speaks, reads, and writes fluently in French.

Career Highlights

  • Litigation Legal Assistant for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Lawyer Chapters Fellowship for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy