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.
Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:
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Please be advised that in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, which imposed strict limitations on the operations of "brick-and-mortar" businesses and required telecommuting to the greatest extent possible, all N.J. workers’ compensation courts will continue to be closed to the public and to non-essential court personnel until April 13, 2020.
In response to overwhelming requests from the Workers’ Compensation Bar to hold non-emergent matters electronically or by teleconference, as of April 6, 2020, the following Workers’ Compensation Judges shall be designated by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation as essential personnel and shall report to their home vicinages for the purpose of hearing as many Workers’ Compensation matters as possible by telephonic conferencing, including all emergent matters and the following non-emergent matters, pre-trial conferences, general motions for medical and temporary benefits, and settlements by affidavit:
Hon. Audrey Kernan, S.J., Atlantic City WC Courthouse
Hon. Arthur Marchand, A.S.J., Bridgeton WC Courthouse
Hon. Ingrid French, A.S.J., Camden WC Courthouse
Hon. Lionel Simon III, A.S.J., Freehold WC Courthouse
Hon. Diana Ferriero, S.J., Hackensack WC Courthouse
Hon. Jill Fader, S.J., Jersey City WC Courthouse
Hon. Glenn Kaplan, S.J., Lebanon WC Courthouse
Hon. Michael Luther, S.J., Mt. Arlington WC Courthouse
Hon. George Geist, S.J., Mt. Holly WC Courthouse
Hon. Ashley Hutchinson, A.S.J., New Brunswick WC Courthouse
Hon. Philip Tornetta, A.S.J., Newark WC Courthouse
Hon. William Roca, S.J., Paterson WC Courthouse
Hon. Maria Del Valle Koch, S.J., Plainfield WC Courthouse
Hon. Eugene Mulvaney, S.J., Toms River WC Courthouse
Hon. David Puma, S.J., Trenton WC Courthouse
The Division’s plan is to limit physical interactions in our workers’ compensation courts to the greatest extent possible and shift to the use of telephone conferencing, and if possible video conferencing for judges, attorneys, and litigants. There will be no in-person Workers’ Compensation Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing motions for medical and temporary benefits and trials in which case social distancing will be enforced). Court offices will remain closed for in-person submissions. Filings will continue to be accepted electronically through COURTS On-line.
The N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation’s number one goal is to limit the exposure and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to court personnel, attorneys and their staff, litigants, witnesses, and members of the public at large.
Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP also continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on our local community and the world at large. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, our office is closed and the members of the firm continue to work remotely. As such, the members of the firm may have limited access to information during this time. We continue to appreciate your understanding. We encourage our current clients, new clients, and fellow members of the bar to contact us via e-mail as that remains the best form of communication. All attorneys and paralegals have access to e-mail and case information. We have designated essential personnel to report to our office for the purpose of handling emergent matters only and to complete essential administrative tasks. Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP remains committed to complying with all health and governmental regulations. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those most affected by this situation.