James C. Vaglio

Kansas City - Associate | 816-714-7108 (Direct) | vaglio@stuevesiegel.com

Since joining Stueve Siegel Hanson in 2012, James has represented businesses and individual clients in a broad range of litigation matters, including business disputes, antitrust litigation, and class actions.

James graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2011. While in law school, James served as a legal intern in the University of Iowa Clinical Law Program where he represented clients in cases involving probation violations, check fraud, drug possession, and international child abduction. He also assisted California’s Habeas Corpus Resource Center represent indigent men and women on death row. 

James earned his bachelor’s degree in political science with highest distinction and his M.B.A. with distinction from the University of Kansas. While at the University of Kansas, James was a member of the University’s Honors Program and the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. He also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children.


In re: Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation (D. Kansas)(Business Litigation) – James is working with lead counsel representing U.S. corn farmers against biotechnology company Syngenta for knowingly commercializing genetically modified corn seed into the marketplace, even though China, a major importer of U.S. corn, had not approved the genetically modified traits for import. As a result, China rejected U.S. shipments of corn and the price of corn fell dramatically at the expense of corn farmers and others. The grain industry estimates that it has already suffered up to $2.9 billion in losses as a result of Syngenta’s conduct. 

ODFI Illegal Payday Loan Litigation (Business Litigation / RICO) – James is a member of the litigation team filing cases in federal courts across the country seeking to hold numerous banks liable for knowingly processing payments on illegal payday loans operated over the Internet. The banks, known as Originating Depository Financial Institutions (ODFIs), collude with payday lenders to originate debits on the mainstream electronic payments network (ACH Network), providing a gateway for payday lenders to debit borrowers’ accounts. Plaintiffs allege that the ODFIs violate state law and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act by knowingly collecting unlawful debts on behalf of payday lenders in states that have outlawed payday loans.

Small v. BOKF, N.A. (D. Colorado)(Business Litigation / TILA) – James is a member of the litigation team representing a class of consumers against the BOKF banking divisions for alleged violations of TILA, EFTA and state consumer protection law relating to its payday loan product FastLoan.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. v. United Potato Growers of America, Inc. et al. – James is a member of the litigation team that represents Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. against the country’s largest potato growers and shippers alleging that these defendants fixed the price of fresh and processed potatoes. The plaintiff alleges that starting in 2004, defendants conspired to use pre-harvest and post-harvest methods to control and reduce the supply of potatoes in order to raise and stabilize the prices at which potatoes were sold in the United States.

Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., et al. v. United Egg Producers, et al. – James is a member of the litigation team that represents Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., and local grocery stores in an antitrust lawsuit against numerous egg producers and egg industry trade groups for artificial inflation of egg prices. The lawsuit alleges that defendants engaged in a conspiracy designed to increase the price of eggs in violation of the Kansas Restraint of Trade Act. After nearly four years of litigation, Stueve Siegel Hanson successfully resolved this litigation in 2014.

Missouri, 2011

U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2011

University of Iowa College of Law, 2011


Honors: Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence: Federal Government Contracting and Family Law


University of Kansas, 2008


Honors: With Distinction


University of Kansas, 2006

B.A., Political Science

Honors: With Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors Program graduate

Professional Organizations

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

American Bar Association

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