Jim Tonrey is a business litigation lawyer. He represents clients facing a wide variety of challenges. He strives to provide the highest quality representation for his clients while being mindful of efficient, creative solutions for his clients' needs. Having clerked for U.S. District Judge Harold A. Ackerman from 1995 through 1997, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen A. Stripp from 1994-1995 prior to joining the firm in 1997, Jim has the background and experience to represent his clients successfully.
Since joining the firm, Jim has represented business owners, physicians, accountants, software developers, publicly traded companies, supermarkets, restaurants, partnerships, closely held corporations of less than 25 shareholders, and has served as local counsel in state and federal court in New Jersey for premier out-of-state law firms. Jim's practice has concentrated on representing clients in a wide variety of lawsuits in State and Federal Court, including breach of contract actions, oppressed shareholder actions, restrictive covenant / covenant not to compete lawsuits, and copyright/trademark actions, just to name a few. He also has extensive involvement in defending telephone calling card class actions in New Jersey's courts.
Jim is also very active in the New Jersey State Bar Association, where he is the immediate past Chairman of the Bar Association's Federal Practice and Procedure Section. In that role, Jim had extensive contact with the Judges of the District of New Jersey, as well as with the members of the federal court bar. Prior to becoming Chairman, Jim had been a member of the Section for over ten years and, as a member of the Section was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003.
Over the course of his years of practice, Jim has kept abreast of developments in the law and has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including but not limited to restrictive covenants in commercial leases, the enforceability of restrictive covenants between physicians, and the remedies available to oppressed shareholders in close corporations. A full listing of Jim's publications is set forth at the margin. More recently, Jim has co-developed and co-authored a quarterly newsletter, Corporate Counselor, which is disseminated to in-house corporate counsel in New Jersey, and involves discussion of cutting edge issues facing New Jersey's legal community. Additionally, Jim assisted in the preparation of a chapter of a treatise, New Jersey Federal Civil Procedure, concerning final pretrial orders.
Jim stays in touch with the issues and problems facing the business community through his involvement with the international business referral organization, BNI and has been a member of his local community group, “High Achievers” for several years. In his leisure time, Jim enjoys spending time in upper New York State, where he hikes and enjoys spending time with his family.
•A Low or Mid-Level Employee Can Create A Privileged Communication, But Cannot Waive The Privilege Once Created
•Corporate Counselor - Practice Alert
•Corporate Counselor Practice Alert - Opportunity To Compete Act
•Drafters Beware: Recent Third Circuit Decision May Result in Waiver of Right to Remove to Federal Court
•Electronic Discovery Preservation, Litigation Hold Letters and Sharks
•How Blind is a BCC
•In The Absence of Conflict, The New Jersey Trade Secrets Act Does Not Preempt New Jersey Common Law
•Is The State A Silent Partner In Your Contract Court Strikes Choice Of Law Provision Because Enforcement Would “Frustrate A Fundamental Policy” Of New Jersey
•Navigating The New Jersey Courts
•New Case Alert - Federal Court Shines New Light On Electronic Discovery Obligations, Document Custodians And The Use Of Keyword Search Terms
•NEW DECISION ALERT: Sanction For Spoliation of Social Media, “Facebook” Electronic Information
•Obtaining Text Messages During Discovery In Civil Litigation In New Jersey - A Framework To Consider
•Pitfalls And Windfalls
•Protecting the Employment Interests Of Oppressed Minority Shareholders
•The More and Pierson Decisions: Restrictive Covenants Between Physicians are Enforceable, and May Restrict Physicians from Practicing in Local Hospitals
•The most carefully crafted computer policy will not trump an employee's attorney-client privilege
•Toxic E-mail: A Careless Message Can Lead to Costly Lawsuits for Employers