James W. Boyan III


James W. Boyan III


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Since I joined the firm in 2013, I have focused on employment law and litigation. When I began practicing law, I initially pursued employment law because I wanted to work on people-centric cases. Losing a job can be a traumatic experience for an individual. It can also be a gut-wrenching decision for a business owner or manager. I find that counseling employment clients through those trying times can be very rewarding. I also handle high-stakes litigation matters, and even though those cases do not involve someone’s livelihood, the litigation itself can be a difficult experience for the litigants. I try to make the process as straightforward as possible for my clients by guiding them with honest advice and working with them to make prudent decisions.


Jim Boyan is an experienced employment lawyer and a seasoned litigator. He provides practical advice to clients on various federal and state employment laws. He has represented clients in state and federal courts and various administrative agencies. He has also defended clients in governmental audits and investigations. He has drafted and argued high-stakes motions and appeals, negotiated complex settlements, and tried cases to completion. Jim also has significant experience defending workers’ compensation and unemployment claims in New Jersey.

Jim earned a B.A. in History from Colgate University, cum laude. He also received a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, magna cum laude. Jim was a recipient of the Andrew B. Crummy and the Bergen Bar Foundation Scholarships. During law school, he served as a senior editor of the Seton Hall Law Review and drafted a note on the enforceability of employment arbitration agreements. Jim was also inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Katharine S. Hayden, U.S.D.J. of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Jim is currently attending New York University School of Law part time, pursuing an LL.M. in Taxation with a concentration on employment-related taxes.

Representative Matters

  • Edwards v. State Casino Control Comm'n, No. A-5717-13T2, 2015 WL 10635399 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 11, 2016). In this long-running wrongful termination case, Jim drafted and argued a successful motion for summary judgment, wrote the appeal brief, and argued the case before the Appellate Division which affirmed the trial court’s decision. Jim also drafted the briefs in opposition to plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration and their petition for certification. On July 20, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court denied the plaintiffs’ petition for certification which ended the litigation.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Board of Trustees, CASA for Children of Bergen County, 2007 – 2016
  • Volunteer Attorney, Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, 2007 – 2013
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Bergen County Bar Association

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York


  • B.A., Colgate University, cum laude, 2002
  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif, 2006


  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy – Deposition Skills Program (2008)
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy – Trial Advocacy Program (2012)


  • Quoted, “Correctly Classifying Employees” New Jersey Business Magazine, January 2013
  • Quoted “Push Is On Against Long-Term-Unemployment Discrimination” March 26, 2014: http://www.hreonline.com/HRE/view/story.jhtml?id=534356854&ss=james+boyan
  • Quoted, “NFI Settlement May Signal Rise in Federal Audits of Overtime Pay Practices” TTnews.com, September 23, 2016
  • Contingent Labor Providers Beware” EMinfo, December 30, 2015
  • Interviewed by NJTV News on the “DOL's Clarification of the Fair Labor Standards Act” August 31, 2015.
  • Social Media in the Workplace” Meadowlands USA Newsletter, December 2014
  • Quoted, “Two ex-Medco Employees Suing Express Scripts” The Record, May 20, 2014
  • Quoted, “Push Is On Against Long-Term-Unemployment Discrimination” Human Resource Executive Magazine, March 2014
  • OSHA's Proposal to Post Your Company's Injury Records Online” Commercial, Construction & Renovation, January/February 2014
  • Quoted, "Correctly Classifying Employees" New Jersey Business Magazine, January 2013

Honors and Accolades

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2015-2020

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