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Jim Boyan’s focus on employment law encompasses counseling on compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations, litigation and appellate matters, and the evolving needs for legal advice on workplace-related issues, including vaccinations, and return-to-work policies.

His clients’ businesses are in various sectors, including transportation; food, beverage and hospitality; health care; pharmaceutical; manufacturing; and cannabis and hemp. With significant knowledge in employment law, executive compensation and employee benefits, Jim guides clients on ERISA compliance, development of company policies and handbooks, executive employment contracts, discipline, separation agreements, terminations and workforce reductions, as well as drug testing, WARN Act compliance, wage and hour issues, investigations, and family and medical leave regulations.

Clients regularly turn to Jim for counsel on executive compensation issues, including Section 409A compliance, deferred compensation arrangements, supplemental benefit plans, equity and stock option agreements, incentive compensation programs and severance agreements.

Jim is a seasoned litigator with experience in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR), and the New York State Division of Human Rights defending against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, and governmental audits and investigations. He has drafted and argued high-stakes motions and appeals, negotiated complex settlements, and tried cases to completion. He also represents clients in ERISA litigation, wage and hour matters, breach of contract claims, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, violation of restrictive covenants, non-compete agreements, and class/collective actions.

In Jim's Words:

"Compliance with employment laws and regulations is critical for the success of a business of any size, in any industry sector. I try to make the complex process as straightforward as possible for my clients by guiding them with practical advice and working with them to make prudent business decisions."


Honors & Recognitions

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

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Community & Professional

  • Advisory Board, CASA for Children of Bergen County, 2016 – present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, CASA for Children of Bergen County
  • Volunteer Attorney, ProBono Partnership
  • 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


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

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


B.A., Colgate University, 2002, cum laude

J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2006, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif

LL.M., New York University School of Law, Taxation with a concentration on employee benefits and executive compensation, 2021

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