James Holohan is the Managing Principal of Brown Rudnick’s Investigative Team, providing Brown Rudnick’s clients with a built-in, trusted investigative partner who will operate at the high standards set by the Firm.

Jim joins from PureStar, a multi-national service provider to the hospitality industry as their Senior Vice President of Compliance, where he was responsible for leading cross-functionally on compliance issues, acquisition activity, physical security, safety, and labor matters. 

Before joining PureStar, Jim was a former senior member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and Commander of Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau’s detective squad, with over 35 years of governmental and private sector experience. Upon conclusion of his service with the NYPD, Jim joined a New York headquartered law firm where he founded, led, and managed an affiliated private investigations and business consultancy. After this, Jim led the Safety, Security and Investigations practice at the risk intelligence start-up RANE (Risk Assistance Network + Exchange), which helped leading law firms, financial institutions, private equity firms, and high net-worth individuals unravel complex problems.

In addition to his role as Commanding Officer of the Manhattan District Attorney's detective squad, Jim also served as the Commanding Officer of three NYPD Narcotics Division commands including being a founding member and original leader of the Kennedy Airport Narcotics Smuggling Unit (KANSU).

Jim’s accomplishments in general investigative techniques have made him an asset to his clients. He has developed a reputation for successfully handling manipulative short selling cases and was involved in developing some of the biggest and most high-profile cases of the day leading to successful results.


Some of Jim’s notable engagements handled prior to joining Brown Rudnick include:

Led an investigation for Fairfax Financial Holdings that has been credited with saving the company from failure and restoring billions of dollars in investor value. 

Acted on behalf of Harbinger Capital in claims arising from its multi-billion effort to construct a wireless communications network.

Directed a private investigation on behalf of United States Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in its suits against numerous financial institutions accused of misrepresenting mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Results of investigation and subsequent lawsuits and settlements resulted in multi-billion dollar recoveries by the U.S. government.

Engaged with various leading Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies in support of their M&A activity, internal investigations, as well as safety and security matters. 

The Ottawa Senators in disputes with the NHL, players, and business partners.

Biovail Pharmaceuticals and Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in a defamation claim brought by a former Bank of America analyst.

Allied Partners and its principal Eric Hadar in disputes over defective remediation of the Miami Savoy hotel.

Led an investigation on behalf of a major automaker in connection with price-fixing and bid-rigging involving numerous automotive parts suppliers.

As Commanding Officer of the Manhattan District Attorney’s detective squad, Jim led an investigation into corruption within the New York City Department of Buildings and other agencies leading to the arrests and convictions of a number of high-ranking city officials.


St. John’s University – B.A., 1985
Professional Affiliations
Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (2001-present)
Certified International Investigator, Council of International Investigators (2012-present)
BR Investigations LLC is a licensed private investigations company in the states of New York and Massachusetts
Community Involvement
Board of Governors, General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York (2018-present)
Co-Chair, Mechanics Institute of the General Society of the City of New York (2020-present)