Jim joined Goetz Schenker Blee & Wiederhorn in 2015 and is a partner in the firm’s New Jersey office. He has dedicated over 35 years concentrating his professional practice in matters relating to insurance defense and coverage, civil litigation, personal injury, product liability, employment, professional malpractice and commercial litigation on behalf of insurance companies and self-insured entities.
Jim serves as New Jersey outside counsel to many nationally recognized insurers. He is frequently asked to lecture before various insurance, professional and management groups concerning coverage and policy issues, as well as on recent developments in tort and employment law. In addition to his insurance defense practice, Jim is involved in high profile litigation concerning employment discrimination, personal injury, medical malpractice, and other significant matters.
Jim is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in the State of New Jersey. He is among the select attorneys to be approved by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Rule 1:40 Qualified Mediator.
Jim is AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the confidential national peer review rating service for attorneys. The AV® designation is the highest possible rating. It identifies an individual as having reached the height of professional excellence and is a reflection of that attorney’s pre-eminent expertise, experience and integrity. Jim has consistently been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer by New Jersey Monthly Magazine.
In 1990, Jim was elected into the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the nation’s most prestigious and exclusive trade association whose members devote a substantial amount of their professional time to the representation of insurance companies, associations, corporations, or others in the defense of civil litigation, where he is actively involved as a member of the Civil Litigation, Transportation and Employment Practice Sections.
He is an active member of the New Jersey Defense Association, the organization that represents New Jersey defense attorneys, full-time executives, managers or supervisory employees of insurance companies, self-insurers and other corporations who devote a substantial portion of their time to the defense of damage suits or to claims administration.
B.A. Cornell University (1976)
J.D. Seton Hall University School of Law (1979)
Bar Admission & Memberships
New Jersey Bar 1980; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Dist. Ct., District of New Jersey; Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel; New Jersey Defense Association; New Jersey Bar Association; Essex County Bar Association.