Jim has been representing clients in litigated workers’ compensation matters throughout the State of New Jersey for 26 years. He co-founded Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP in 2003. He partnered with Attorney, Chris Saracino, to form the firm limiting their practice to workers’ compensation litigation. Jim has extensive experience in the area of workers’ compensation litigation. He has personally litigated thousands of workers’ compensation claims in the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation. This includes his representation of clients in claims involving total permanent disability with contribution from the New Jersey Second Injury Fund. Jim has handled many notable cases throughout his career, including a case that helped shape the law in New Jersey regarding off-premises work injuries, in Jumpp v. City of Ventnor, 177 N.J. 470 (2003).
Jim received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. He received his Juris Doctorate degree with honors from the Seton Hall University School of Law, cum laude, in 1990. Following his admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1990, Jim practiced law as a shareholder with a large South Jersey firm specializing in workers’ compensation litigation. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Supreme Court.
Jim is an avid golfer. He has been a member of the Moorestown Field Club since 1998 where he served as Trustee on the Board from 2011 to 2016. He is presently serving a two-year term as Treasurer of the Moorestown Field Club through 2018. Jim is also a member of the Barefoot Resort Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Throughout the years, Jim has been very active in the American Diabetes Association and is an active supporter of The JAG Fund for brain cancer research.