Claudia James

Managing Director


  • Mergers and Antitrust
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media
  • Technology and Telecommunications
  • Democratic Strategy
  • Congressional Leadership

Fun Facts

Beloved Sports Team: Georgetown Hoyas
Comfort Food: Chocolate chip cookies
Top Vacation Spot: Nantucket
D.C. Destination: Martin’s Tavern


With her wealth of experience in government affairs and deep insight into the approaches of Democratic policymakers in Congress, Claudia James is Cogent’s go-to strategist on issues pertaining to technology, telecommunications, media and intellectual property. During her decades of consulting, Claudia has successfully achieved client objectives in eight major mergers.

Claudia provides clients with strategic guidance on legislative and regulatory issues as well as coalition management services. She has a strong reach to Senate Democrats as well as Democrats on the House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce Committees and has played a leading role in passing two Freedom of Information Act reform bills.

Claudia was previously the vice president for government relations and associate general counsel at the American Newspaper Publishers Association. There, she advised the Board of Directors on the legislative agenda and focused on telecommunications, First Amendment and tax issues. Early in her career, Claudia worked for former Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) during his service on the House Judiciary Committee, was a senior legislative assistant to former Rep. Peter Peyser (D-NY) on education issues and served as an Education Policy Fellow in the Office of Education at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Claudia is a member of the D.C. Bar Association and the Christ Child Society. An explorer at heart, Claudia enjoys traveling. Her favorite destinations include New England and Europe.