James E. Tonrey, Jr. is a business litigator. Mindful that litigation can be a lengthy and disruptive process, he strives to provide his clients with the highest quality representation while seeking creative and efficient business solutions. His New Jersey state and federal court practice involves clients facing a wide variety of challenges, in particular with respect to lawsuits involving claims of breach of contract, shareholder oppression, restrictive covenants and/or covenant not to compete, theft of trade secrets and copyright/trademark infringement.
He has represented a wide variety of clients, including business owners, physicians, accountants, software developers, publicly traded companies, supermarkets, restaurants, partnerships, closely held corporations of less than 25 shareholders, biotech companies and has served as local counsel in state and federal court in New Jersey.
Mr. Tonrey is also a member of the firm's Cyber State Legal Research Group, a group of Wilentz lawyers dedicated to counseling clients facing today's cybersecurity challenges affecting all businesses, assisting in the implementation of proactive solutions, and providing support in the event of data breaches.
He also stays actively involved in professional legal associations while also serving the communities where he lives and works. He is a past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Federal Practice and Procedure Section and a long-standing member of a District VIII Fee Arbitration Panel, and for the past two years has served as Chair of a Fee Arbitration Panel. He also serves as a volunteer for the New York City Parks Department, in particular with respect to the development of FreshKills Park on Staten Island, which, when opened will be the largest park in New York City.
Mr. Tonrey works to keep abreast of developments in the law that are central to the issues facing his clients. He has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects in the litigation arena. More particularly, he collaborated in the preparation of a treatise entitled New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure, his contribution focusing on final pretrial orders.
Early in his career, Mr. Tonrey had the unique privilege of serving as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Harold A. Ackerman (1995 - 1997) and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen A. Stripp (1994 - 1995), an experience that provided him with unique insight in representing his clients in private practice.
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