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James M. McDonnell


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James M. McDonnell is a Principal in the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management exclusively in all aspects of employment litigation, including restrictive covenants, class-actions, harassment, retaliation, discrimination and wage and hour claims.

Mr. McDonnell regularly represents employers in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, the United States Department of Labor, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. Mr. McDonnell has successfully represented clients in matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

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Professional Associations and Activities

  • The Federalist Society
  • Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce
  • Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Committee
  • Sidney Reitman Inn of Court
  • William J. Brennan Inn of Court

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December 14, 2017

Robyn Aversa, Richard Cino and James McDonnell Author "New Jersey Bill Would Revise Anti-Bias Law to Limit Employment Agreements"

December 14, 2017

Robyn Aversa, Richard Cino and James McDonnell author "New Jersey Bill Would Revise Anti-Bias Law to Limit Employment Agreements," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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January 25, 2018

New Jersey Tipped Employee Cash Minimum Wage Raise under Consideration

January 25, 2018

A bill to increase the hourly cash minimum wage paid to tipped employees in New Jersey has been introduced in the New Jersey State Assembly. Currently, New Jersey employers may pay a tipped employee a cash minimum wage of $2.13 an hour and satisfy the remainder of the minimum wage ($8.60 an hour, effective January 1, 2018) through... Read More

January 22, 2018

Class Action Trends Report Winter 2018

January 22, 2018

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Minimum wage: Tip traps The legislation Regulatory roundup Prevention pointer Meanwhile, in the states … Jackson Lewis advocates... Read More

January 4, 2018

New Jersey Ban-the-Box Law Limits Inquiries into Job Applicants’ Expunged Criminal Records

January 4, 2018

New Jersey has amended its “ban-the-box” law to prohibit inquiries into a job applicant’s expunged criminal record during the initial employment application process. The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act (commonly known as the “Ban-the-Box Law”) already restricts employers from asking a job applicant about his or her criminal... Read More

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