Jim has more than 50 years of experience in handling a wide range of complex civil matters. He has significant and substantial experience in defending high-value commercial, employment, insurance coverage, personal injury and professional malpractice claims. He also has extensive trial and appellate experience.
Partner, Morgan Melhuish Abrutyn, 1963-Present
Partner, Doyle, Gavin, French & Melhuish, 1955-1963
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Supreme Court
LLB, University of Virginia, 1954
BA, Upsala College, 1949
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Price v. Ford Aerospace. Alleged NJLAD age discrimination arising out of a reduction in force. Settled after jury selection.
McKnight v. Ohio Casualty. Alleged race discrimination with counterclaim for misappropriation of funds. Settled by exchange of releases during plaintiff’s deposition.
Trump v. Ohio Casualty Insurance Company. Alleged CEPA and retaliatory discharge case with allegations of fraud, tortious interference with prospective contractual relationships and defamation. Summary judgment for all defendants after conclusion of pretrial discovery.
Marseille v. Columbus Hospital. Alleged discriminatory discharge in violation of Title VII on grounds of race and national origin. Settled after final pretrial conference and before trial.
Warren v. Wurlitzer Jukebox Company. Alleged Title VII and New Jersey LAD race and gender discrimination. Jury verdict for defendant. Affirmed by Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Tedeschi v. Wurlitzer Jukebox Company. Alleged Americans with Disabilities Act violations, Title VII and NJLAD age discrimination and retaliatory discharge arising out of reorganization for business reasons. Jury verdict for defendant. Affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Bonvini v. AQL Decorating Company. Alleged NJLAD age discrimination, assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Settled after plaintiff’s deposition.
Scarnecchia v. Harvey Management corp. d/b/a Burger King. Alleged constructive discharge on grounds of hostile work environment sexual harassment. Settled after partial summary judgment dismissing punitive damage claim.
Potomac Ins. Co. of Ill. v. Pennsylvania Mfrs. Ass’n Ins. Co., 425 N.J. Super. 305, 41 A. 3d 586 (App. Div.), aff’d, ___ N.J. ___ , ____ A. 3d ___ (2013).
Zorba Contractors, Inc. v. Housing Auth. of City of Newark, 282 N.J. Super. 430, 660 A. 2d 550, (App. Div. 1995).
Apgar v. Lederle Labs., 123 N.J. 450, 588 A. 2d 380 (1991).
Malin v. Union Carbide Corp., 219 N.J. Super. 428, 530 A. 2d 794 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 107 N.J. 638, 527 A. 2d 460 (1987).
Wolfsbruck v. Dow Chemical Co., 101 N.J. 252, 501 A. 2d 924 (1985).
Feldman v. Lederle Labs., 91 N.J. 266, 450 A. 2d 579 (1982), on remand, 189 N.J. Super. 424, 460 A. 2d 303 (App. Div. 1983), rev’d and remanded, 97 N.J. 429, 479 A. 2d 374 (1984) (1984).
Preslaff v. Robbins, 168 N.J. Super. 543, 403 A. 2d 939 (App. Div. 1979).
Sanner v. Ford Motor Co., 144 N.J. Super. 1, 364 A. 2d 43 (Law Div. 1976), aff’d, 154 N.J. Super. 407, 381 A. 2d 805 (App. Div. 1977), certif. denied, 75 N.J. 616, 384 A. 2d 846 (1978).
Muller Fuel Oil Co. v. Ins. Co. of N. Am., 95 N.J. Super. 564, 232 A. 2d 168 (App. Div. 1967).
Abramsky v. Felderbaum, 81 N.J. Super. 1, 194 A. 2d 501 (App. Div.), certif. denied sub nom, Abramsky v. Esso, 41 N.J. 246, 196 A. 2d 6 (1963).
McAndrew v. Mularchuck, 38 N.J. 156, 183 A. 2d 74 (1962).