James M. Burns

Partner, Co-Founder


973.535.7101 (Direct)
973.533.1112 (Fax)

James M. Burns is a Co-Founder of Genova Burns and a Partner in the Newark, NJ office. Mr. Burns is Chair of the Healthcare & Hospital and Co-Chair of the Insurance & Reinsurance Industry Groups, as well as a member of the Transportation, Trucking, Shipping & Logistics Industry Group. He has extensive experience in insurance law, labor and employment law, and health care law matters.

Mr. Burns has represented and served as outside general counsel for numerous acute care hospitals and has extensive experience in insurance industry regulatory matters. His areas of expertise include board governance and enterprise risk management.

Mr. Burns served as special counsel to the transition committee for New Jersey Governor-elect James E. McGreevey from 2001 to 2002.

Mr. Burns is rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell.

  • 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.
  • 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).

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

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