Shamara R. James joined Caplin & Drysdale as an Associate in the firm’s Exempt Organizations practice group in 2021. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. James practiced at an international law firm in New York City.

Ms. James represents private foundations, public charities, and other tax-exempt organizations on a wide range of complex tax matters. 


Ms. James earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and her law degree from Cornell Law School. During law school, she served as the Managing Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. Ms. James also served as President of the Black Law Students Association and was a Scholar in the 1L LCLD Scholars Program. In the first half of 2017, she worked as an extern at the Nassau Suffolk Law Services where she provided free legal services.

Admissions & Education

Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia 
  • New York

J.D. , Cornell Law School, 2017

B.A., University of Connecticut, 2014, magna cum laude

Recognitions & Noteworthy

Honors & Recognitions
  • The National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer, Washington, DC 

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Other Professional Affiliations

Member, Caplin & Drysdale’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee  

Member, New York City Bar

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