James D. Zirin, a leading trial and appellate lawyer, writer and cable TV talk show host, is a Partner in the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP. For three years, he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and served in the criminal division under Robert M. Morgenthau.
Mr. Zirin has written over 100 op-ed articles for Forbes, Barron’s, The LA Times, The Times, The Washington Times, The New York Sun, and New York Law Journal on legal, political and foreign policy subjects. He is co-host with James Goodale of the weekly prime time cable television program “The Digital Age,” where he has interviewed such guests as Governor Thomas Kean, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Ambassador Frank Wisner, Princeton Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter, and New York Times Technology Columnist David Pogue. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Economic Club of New York, and the Executive Committee of the Pilgrims of the United States. In August 2003, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed him to the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Chair of its International Law Committee and a past Chair of its Alternatives for Dispute Resolution Committee; a member of the advisory board of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University; a trustee of New York Law School; and a member of the Consolidated Corporate Fund Leadership Committee of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the New York Law Journal.
A graduate of Princeton University with honors, Mr. Zirin received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an editor of the Michigan Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.