James M. Scears
James M. Scears returns to Oklahoma after practicing law in Zurich, Switzerland, where he focused his practice on private wealth management, international taxation, and estate and trust planning. While working in Europe, he counseled clients on U.S. tax regularization, international reporting requirements, the restructuring of personal holdings, and the relinquishment of U.S. citizenship. James also advised financial institutions on cross-border tax and regulatory matters.
James graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2012 with honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following this, James received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2013. He then began his law career as a law clerk for the Honorable David L. Russell in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
While in law school, James served as an Assistant Articles Editor for the Oklahoma Law Review, was published in the law review, and received an academic achievement award for the highest grade in Corporate Income Tax. James co-authored, Common Reporting Standards and White Money Policy: How Do They Intersect? How Do You Get Ready?, Journal of International Taxation, July 2015 and also authored, Anonymous Tips Alleging Drunk Driving: Why “One Free Swerve” Is One Too Many, 64 Okla. L. Rev. 759 (2012). James also worked as a tax preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Association.
James earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Oklahoma in 2009.
LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2013
J.D., with honors, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2012
B.B.A., University of Oklahoma, 2009
AWARDS & HONORS
Order of the Coif
American Jurisprudence Award (Highest Grade) in Corporate Income Tax
Oklahoma Bar Association