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James M. McCreedy

James M. McCreedy


James M. McCreedy was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, New Jersey; the College of William and Mary; and the Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University.

Jim was admitted to the Bars of the State of New Jersey and the State of Pennsylvania in 1991; the Federal Court for the District of New Jersey in 1991; the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1994, the United States Supreme Court in 2004, and the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2021. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Melvin P. Antell, P.J.A.D. during the 1991-1992 term.

Jim has been counsel in a number of influential cases including, for example, Abbott v. Burke, 136 N.J. 444 (1994) (school funding); First Morris Bank v. Roland Offset, 357 N.J. Super. 68 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 176 N.J. 429 (2003) (banking law); Petrusky v. Maxfli Dunlop Corp., 342 N.J. Super. 77 (App. Div.), 170 N.J. 388 (2001) (employment discrimination); Weiss v. Goldfarb, 295 N.J. Super. 212 (App. Div. 1996), rev’d, 154 N.J. 468 (1998) (ultimate outcome jury charge); Nead v. Union County Educational Services, 2010 WL 1768559 (affirming summary judgment in favor of school district in an employment case); L.F. v. Morris School District (2005 N.J. Admin.) (reimbursement for a unilateral placement case); M.B. o/b/o D.B. v. Morris School District, 2003 WL 21996077 (ALJ dismisses student’s special education unilateral placement petition following trial); S.B. v. Summit Board of Education 2013 WL 449490 (motion to dismiss granted where parents sued for breach of special education settlement); Lovett v. Flemington-Raritan Regional, 2013 WL 5925615 (affirming summary judgment in favor of District in an age discrimination case); Taffaro v. Borough of Ridgefield 2011 WL 1321657 (D.N.J.), 2013 WL 318659 (App. Div. N.J.) (affirming dismissal of false arrest litigation); Waters v. Emery 2008 WL 1820700 (App. Div. N.J.) (affirming no cause trial verdict in excessive force case); Kowaleski v. MUJC 2012 WL 1431381 (App. Div. N.J.) (affirming summary judgment in teacher on student assault case); Lawshe v. Squeri 2012 WL 276232 (D.N.J.) (granting summary judgment to defendant in $11 million franchise dispute); Hunsicker v. High Point Regional (2014 N.J. Admin.) (ALJ affirms dismissal of tenured athletic trainer whose license expired); Howell v. Greenwich Township, 2017WL6032522 (App. Div. N.J.) (collective bargaining agreement trumps contrary language in an employment manual regarding post employment benefits); J.F. v. Byram BOE, (Third Circuit Court of Appeals, May 14, 2020, No. 19-2412) (unilateral placement special education decision involving a transferred IEP).

Jim practices in a number of areas including school law; insurance defense; banking; employment discrimination and labor; collection; personal injury and medical malpractice; environmental; bankruptcy; and real estate. He has handled trial and appellate matters in the state and federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as the Office of Administrative Law. Consistent with our firm’s practice, Jim’s cases have taken him to municipal courts around the state, the OAL, the Chancery and Law Division of New Jersey Superior Court, Federal District Court, the Bankruptcy Court, the New Jersey Appellate Division, the New Jersey Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and state and federal courts in Pennsylvania. Since its inception, Jim has been included on the Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers magazine¹. Super Lawyers magazine is a business publication that conducts an annual survey of the State’s experienced attorneys.

Jim is currently serving on the School Law Committee as well as the Judicial Administration Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is Chair of the Morris County Bar Association Employment Law Committee and has been a member of the District X Ethics Committee covering Morris and Sussex Counties. Jim is a member of the Morris County, New Jersey State and the American Bar Association. He participated in the Worrall F. Mountain Inn of Court. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and was a Cubmaster for many years. Jim also coached his children's' teams in a number of different sports over the years.

Jim co-authored “Direct Democracy in Faulkner Act Municipalities: A Right Unbridled by Fiscal Necessity” 221 N.J.L.J. 1391 (2015).


Speaking Engagements

10/11/2023 - National Business Institute
Mini Law School for New Jersey HR Professionals


08/21/2023 - National Business Institute
New Jersey Employment Law: Hiring, Firing, and Disciplining Employees


11/08/2022 - National Business Institute
School Law: 2022-2023 Hot-Button Issues and Trends


05/20/2022 - National Business Institute
Evidence Preservation of Spoliation: New Case Law and Hot-Button Issues


03/08/2022 - National Business Institute
Employee Internal Investigations: The Ultimate Legal Guide


12/7/2020 - Morris County Bar Association
Hot Topics in Employment Law During the Pandemic (Moderator and Chair of the Morris County Bar Association Employment Law Committee)


05/19/2020 - National Business Institute
School Accidents and Injuries:  Prevention and Response
(Audio Webinar)

Annually – Motorsports Convention
Presentation on a wide range of legal issues facing the racing industry and fan base.


11/12/2019 and 11/13/2019 - National Business Institute
Human Resource Law: The Ultimate Guide


12/10/2018 – National Business Institute
Spoliation of Evidence: Current Issues and Case Law


12/6/17 – Morris County Bar Association
MCBA Chancery Division CLE – Order to Show Cause Mock Trial
(Presentation – Morristown, NJ)


6/4/15 – Morris County Bar Association
Current Trends in Employment Law: What Every Lawyer and HR Professional Needs to Know
(Presentation – Morristown, NJ)


5/4/15 – National Business Institute
Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights
(Presentation – Princeton, NJ)


4/14/15 – National Business Institute
School Safety Law and Policy


12/12/13 – National Business Institute
Discrimination in Schools


10/28/13 – National Business Institute
School Law: Responding to Allegations of Gender-Based Violence


7/11/13 – National Business Institute
Short Sales
(Seminar – Newark, NJ)


6/20/13 – National Business Institute
School Safety Law & Policy


1/24/13 – National Business Institute
School Bullying: A Legal Primer
(Presentation – Newark, NJ)


12/4/12 – National Business Institute
School Law and Family Rights: Confidential Information and Compliance


6/21/12 – National Business Institute
Controversial School Liability Issues


12/12/11 – National Business Institute
Litigating School Bullying and Cyberbullying Lawsuits


11/2/11 – Morris County Bar Association
Impact of Laws on School Districts and Employees
(Presentation – Morristown, NJ)

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