James R. Zazzali

James R. Zazzali

Gibbons P.C.

Recognized since 1995

Red Bank, New Jersey

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Labor Law - Union

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bet-the-Company Litigation
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Mr. Zazzali has served as New Jersey's Attorney General and as an Associate Justice and Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Since returning to private practice, he has been appointed by the state and federal governments, federal and state courts, and litigants as a monitor, receiver, independent counsel, independent investigator, discovery master, and bankruptcy trustee for various institutions and organizations in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Zazzali advises clients on such matters as governance, institutional ethics, internal investigations, and appeals. He also has conducted numerous mediations and arbitrations.

He has served as General Counsel for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority; Chairman of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (SCI); Chief of the Appeals Division of the Office of the Essex County Prosecutor; and Vice Chair of both the State's Disciplinary Review Board (attorney ethics) and the Judicial Review Board. The State Department has designated him as a member of United States delegations to various United Nations Conferences in Geneva and Paris.


  • 141 West Front Street, Suite 240
    Red Bank, NJ 07701


  • Georgetown University, BS

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, State of New Jersey
  • New York, State of New York
  • District of Columbia, District of Columbia

Gibbons P.C.
Headquarters: Newark, New Jersey

56 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

9 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bet-the-Company Litigation

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Newark (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Labor Law - Union

Special Focus

  • Labor


  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Dean Paul Award from Georgetown University Law Center, 2000
  • The John Carroll Award from Georgetown University, 2004
  • Recipient, William J. Brennan, Jr. Award, Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, 2008
  • New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Medal of Honor Award, 2010
  • The Roger N. Baldwin Award from The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey, 2013
  • The Sidney H. Lehman Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), 2014
  • Recipient, New Jersey Law Journal Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015


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