Daniel James was born on May 19, 1905, in Logansport, Indiana. James graduated from Logansport High School in 1923, before enrolling at Indiana University. He received his A.B. degree from Indiana in 1927 and then enrolled at the IU School of Law. After receiving his JD from the law school in 1929, he attended the Harvard Law School where he received a LL.M. degree in 1931.
James spent the majority of his legal career with the New York firm that became Cahill, Gordon and Reindel. He joined the firm in 1934 and became a partner in 1944. He would be associated with the firm for more than 50 years, becoming an expert in the complex regulation of the financing and governance of electric generation and distribution utilities. From depression-born reorganization to the creation of new corporate forms for atomic energy generation, James advised the industry and formulated policy for clients.
James was the first Chair of the law school’s Board of Visitors in 1964 and severed multiple terms on the Board. He also served for more than twenty years on the IU Foundation’s Board. James received the university’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1958, and was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1986.
Daniel James died in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1997 at the age of 92.
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"Daniel James" (1905). Notable Alumni. 165.