James J. McGovern III

James J. McGovern III, is Chair of the Labor Law and Alcohol & Regulated Products Law Practice Groups.

His legal practice is concentrated exclusively in the area of labor and employment law on behalf of management. Mr. McGovern has extensive experience in handling labor matters in healthcare, construction, transportation, manufacturing and other industries.

Representative matters:

  • Served as labor counsel for the sale of multiple hospitals in New Jersey, advising clients on WARN Act issues, consolidation of bargaining units and hospital closures.
  • Served as labor counsel to the State of New Jersey from 2002-2010, during which time he negotiated, on behalf of the State, labor agreements representing over 50,000 State employees.
  • Serves as labor counsel for large developer and property owners in negotiating project labor agreements with the Building Trades to provide for cost efficient construction.

He is a member of the Executive Board of the Labor & Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is a member of the Program Committee for the Public Employment Relations Commission Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. McGovern is also a Board Member of the Enright Melanoma Foundation.

Since 2006, Mr. McGovern has been listed in New York Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Labor and Employment Law and also as a Super Lawyer in New Jersey Monthly Magazine in the area of Employment & Labor Law from 2007 – 2010, being listed annually since 2012.  Mr. McGovern has also been listed annually in The Best Lawyers in America since 2011 in the areas of Management for Employment Law and Labor Law.

Mr. McGovern received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the New England School of Law, and his baccalaureate degree from Seton Hall University in 1985.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1989


  • New England School of Law, J.D., 1989, cum laude

  • Seton Hall University, B.A., 1985