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James P. Anelli

One Riverfront Plaza
1037 Raymond Boulevard
Sixteenth Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Phone:  973.491.3550
Fax:  973.491.3470
885 Third Avenue
Sixteenth Floor
New York, New York 10022


James P. Anelli co-leads LeClairRyan's Labor and Employment practice team, comprised of more than fifty attorneys across the country. Based in Newark, New Jersey and New York City, Mr. Anelli has worked in almost every area of the labor and employment field for more than 30 years. His primary focus involves helping management across industries handle employment benefit matters, defend employment discrimination claims, negotiate executive employment agreements and provide guidance on related plan design and tax issues (for private and public entities). He also handles all facets of labor litigation, including representing management in grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practices and collective bargaining matters. Besides traditional employment matters, Mr. Anelli has extensive experience defending federal and state False Claims Act cases and whistleblower actions under Sarbanes Oxley. Mr Anelli also regularly provides due diligence on corporate matters, including guidance on complex benefit issues arising out of asset and stock sales, mergers and secondment transactions. Mr. Anelli also handles complex, multi-employer pension matters.

Mr. Anelli regularly provides counsel to corporate clients regarding compliance with state and federal employment requirements and designing effective personnel policies, and the development, design and implementation of employee benefit programs. As an experienced litigator, Mr. Anelli defends plans and employers and trustees in ERISA litigation throughout the United States.

Mr. Anelli is also the United States representative for Transatlantic Law International, a global legal services provider to companies in more than 80 countries, through which he assists international clients on cross-broader employment issues.

Lastly, Mr. Anelli has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Employment Law – Management, and Labor Law – Management since 2010. He has served on the executive committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section) since 2006. In this capacity, he has presented numerous seminars to the State Bar on employment matters and has for more than two decades spoke on numerous topics before various corporate counsel organizations throughout the United States.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Newark, New Jersey, December 2007-Present
  • Seiden Wayne, Newark, New Jersey, 1997-2007 (merged with LeClairRyan)
  • Riker Danzig, Morristown, New Jersey, 1993-1997
  • Friedman & Siegelbaum (now Goodwin Procter), 1986-1993
  • United States Department of Justice, 1984-1986

Memberships and Affiliations

  • New Jersey State Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee
  • New York State Bar Association


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Employment Law – Management, and Labor Law – Management, 2010 – 2019