James M. Burns

Managing Partner, Co-Founder


Jersey City
973.535.7101 (Direct)
973.533.1112 (Fax)

Jim Burns, a co-founder of Genova Burns and its Managing Partner, is a leader in the firm’s ongoing growth across numerous practice areas.

He is a specialist in the field of Insurance Law and much of his practice today is dedicated to handling insurance industry regulatory and litigation matters on behalf of carriers, brokers and agents, captives and other entities in the insurance industry. Jim’s insurance practice spans the full range of regulatory and complex litigation matters.

Jim is also an experienced healthcare attorney who has served as outside general counsel to several acute care hospitals. With extensive corporate governance experience, Jim has handled the full array of healthcare regulatory matters and has represented his hospital clients in mergers and acquisitions, including Somerset Medical Center’s merger with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Complex commercial litigation in matters of insurance law and regulation and health care law, among others, are a major part of Jim’s practice. He has particular expertise in administrative law and the representation of private businesses and industries in legal challenges to government regulation. In a matter of great significance to the retail and payment card industries, Jim represented the retail industry in a successful legal challenge to a New Jersey statute which defined as unclaimed property subject to the escheat law unused gift card balances held by retailers N.J. Retail Merchs. Ass'n v. Sidamon-Eristoff, 669 F.3d 374 (3d Cir. 2012), cert. denied, 133 S. Ct. 528 (2012).

Jim also has many years of experience handling employment litigation and labor law matters on behalf of employers. Jim still handles many such matters. Much of his experience is in the construction, healthcare and logistics industries.

Apart from his law practice at Genova Burns, Jim has substantial board of director and audit committee experience in the banking industry and higher education, in addition to numerous leadership roles on large nonprofit organization boards. Also, Jim served as special Counsel to the transition committee for Governor-Elect James E. McGreevey in 2001-2002.

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  • Represented the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association in New Jersey Retail Merchants Association v. Sidamon-Eristoff [N.J. Retail Merchs. Ass'n v. Sidamon-Eristoff, 669 F.3d 374 (3d Cir. 2012), cert. denied, 133 S. Ct. 528 (2012)], in which the Third Circuit Court of Appeals enjoined a New Jersey state law that defined as unclaimed property unused gift card balances held by the retail industry.
  • Represented major U.S. insurance brokerage firm in managing general agent contract dispute with insurer.
  • Served as outside General Counsel to Somerset Medical Center prior to its merger with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
  • President, Hudson Insurance Federation of New Jersey.
  • New Jersey Community Bank, member of Board of Directors, Audit Committee (2017-April, 2018). (Merged with 1st Constitution Bancorp April, 2018).
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, Co-Vice Chairman of Board for $250M, 10,000 student public research university (2003 - 2008). Member of Audit Committee.
  • Covenant House International, Board member for $140M international nonprofit with 18 affiliate entities across U.S. and in Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala (2013 - 2017). Member of Audit and Governance Committees.
  • Community Health Charities, Chairman of Board, and member of Executive Committee of $80M organization which is nation's largest workplace giving federation in voluntary health sector operating through 40 state affiliate entities in the U.S. (2006 - 2011).
  • Integrity House, Board member of $20M non-profit serving individuals with addiction and substance abuse (2012- 2017). Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee (2015 - 2016).
  • ROI-NJ Power List - Lawyers, 2022
  • ROI-NJ Influencers: Law 2022

 * No aspect of these advertisements have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Awards/Honors Methodology.

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