James S. Rothschild, Jr. is a member of Riker Danzig’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation Groups.  He returned to Riker Danzig as Of Counsel after serving for 14 years as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey.  The majority of his time on the bench was spent serving as a Civil Judge in Essex County.   The Supreme Court elected him to be the Complex Civil Litigation Judge in Essex County for the last several years of his tenure.    

Judge Rothschild was a member of the Supreme Court’s Civil Jury Charges Committee.  He has lectured extensively on developments in civil law, both for ICLE and at the Judicial College.  In addition to commercial litigation, he has experience in numerous areas including tort cases, coverage litigation, environmental matters, medical, legal, accounting and engineering malpractice issues, zoning and land use battles, public bidding matters, contract interpretation, construction disputes, class actions and discrimination cases.

Judge Rothschild is also one of the most experienced school board attorneys in New Jersey, having represented numerous boards of education from the time he began his practice until his appointment to the bench. He continues to work with Riker Danzig’s School Law Group, which represents both public and private schools throughout New Jersey.

Prior to the bench, Judge Rothschild was a partner at Riker Danzig.  His practice focused on litigation and insurance coverage matters.