James Pagliuca

Managing Partner

Phone: (732) 324-7600
Fax: (732) 324-7606


James Pagliuca grew up in a hardworking, blue collar family and worked his way through school with jobs in construction, landscaping, restaurants, sanitation, trucking and warehousing.  He knows how one lost paycheck can devastate a family. He also knows that financial compensation is a critical part of the healing process.

When an accident happens, the fight to regain your independence begins.  Your friends and family can sit by your side while you heal, but you will need a lawyer to fight for the compensation the law can give you.

Mr. Pagliuca has spent the bulk of his twenty-five year career fighting for people who were injured as a result of someone’s negligence.  He has gained a thorough understanding of the array of issues that arise after a life-changing injury. He understands the specific rules and regulations that apply to various accident scenarios. He knows when to hire an expert on your behalf and he has the understanding of human anatomy necessary to communicate your injury to a jury.

Short of a time machine, there’s no way to erase your injuries, but you deserve to get the money you need to regain your independence.  You may need money to hire help to complete household tasks you can no longer do, to buy an adapted van for an injured child, or to recoup the wages lost over a lifetime. Mr. Pagliuca will fight to get you what you need.

Mr. Pagliuca has represented clients from Bergen County to Cape May County, fighting in court for those whose lives have been forever changed. He has represented clients who have been injured: in automobile accidents, explosions, fall downs, due to medical malpractice, due to a defective product or at the workplace.  He is committed to doing whatever it takes to regain your independence.

Mr. Pagliuca has been the Managing Partner of Gill & Chamas since 2000.  He keeps his skills up to date with regular seminars on personal injury law.  He has been named to the Super Lawyer  list every year since 2010.**

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See the Settlements & Verdicts Tab above for a sample of Mr. Pagliuca’s recent case results.

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury:

  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Burn/Explosion Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Products Liability
  • & More


Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
J.D. – 1994

Rider University
M.B.A. – 1991

Rutgers University
B.A. – 1987

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
U.S. Bankruptcy Court New Jersey

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Association for Justice, Member
New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
Middlesex County Bar Association, Member

Honors & Awards

New Jersey Super Lawyers List, 2010-Present**

**No Aspect Of This Advertisement Has Been Approved By The Supreme Court of New Jersey. For methodology, visit www.SuperLawyers.com.

Settlements & Verdicts

$11,700,000 – An explosion occurred at an acetylene manufacturing plant in Perth Amboy that killed three workers and injured eight others. James Pagliuca of Gill & Chamas served as lead counsel and recovered $5.5 million of the settlement for the estate of one victim and six injured plaintiffs.

$11,500,000VERDICT – A young girl sustained a brain injury due to a defective product.

$7,677,000VERDICT – A man fell 20-feet at a residential construction work site and suffered multiple rib fractures as well and back injuries that required surgery.

$2,750,000 – A pedestrian was hit by a truck.

$2,650,000 – Several individuals were burned at an Ocean County bar in Seaside Heights when a propane tank began leaking and was ignited by the heater.

$1,900,000 – A middle-aged woman was injured when her automobile drove underneath the rear of a tractor trailer in Bergen County.

$1,750,000 – A woman tripped and fell due to a raised sidewalk in Jersey City, NJ, and sustained a fractured elbow. She underwent surgery with the insertion of a plate and screws.

$1,250,000 – A man suffered urological injuries after he was involved in an automobile accident in Atlantic County.

$1,150,000 – A Passaic County man was pinned between a trailer and the wall in a workplace accident.

$1,000,000 – A construction worker was knocked down by a passing pick-up truck as he was doing paving work on the shoulder of a highway in Hunterdon County.

$1,000,000 – A woman was injured in an automobile accident in Bergen County after the defendant ran a stop sign.

$975,000 – A young woman was injured in an auto accident caused by an intoxicated driver.

$950,000 – A Middlesex County pedestrian was hit by a car on the side of the road and suffered leg injuries.

$940,000 – A machine operator suffered a serious leg injury when he was trapped between two moving parts of machinery.

$925,000 – A plaintiff was served while visibly intoxicated and was then hit by a car in Ocean County.

$850,000 – Two plaintiffs working on a construction site fell from scaffolding that they had assembled.

$750,000 – A man was struck from behind in his automobile on the New Jersey Turnpike, suffering low back injuries that required surgery.

$750,000 – A pedestrian was struck by a bus and suffered a degloving injury to his right hand and forearm.

$750,000 – A passenger suffered pelvic injuries when he was involved in an automobile accident in Monmouth County.

$737,500 – An Essex County man was injured when he was hit by a truck at a construction site.

$700,000 – A man suffered leg injuries in a 240-foot scuba dive.

$600,000 – A woman suffered a neck injury when plaster fell from a bathroom ceiling as she was taking a shower.

$575,000 – A woman slipped and fell on ice in a strip mall parking lot in Monmouth County.

$550,000 – A decayed tree fell and injured a young girl in Middlesex County.

$500,000 – A bicyclist was hit by a vehicle and suffered a head injury.

$500,000 – A Hudson County man suffered burns to his back.

$500,000 – A man fell down outside of a restaurant which resulted in a fractured hip requiring a hip replacement.

$495,000 – A Bayonne woman slipped and fell on stairs at an Essex County residence.

$490,000 – A 50-year old Bayonne man was injured when his porch stairs collapsed in a rainstorm in Hudson County.

$450,000 – A pedestrian was hit by a truck that was backing out of a parking lot. He suffered ankle fractures that required plate and screw fixation.

$422,526VERDICT – A man slipped down a set of basement stairs while installing a furnace and injured his knee.

$400,000 – A 45 year-old man was injured when steps collapsed causing him to undergo knee surgery.

$400,000 – An elderly man from Middletown sustained a head injury when he was hit by an automatic door.

$400,000 – A man suffered injuries when an overfilled compressed gas cylinder became airborne and struck him.

$400,000 – A driver of a car was hit by a tire which dislodged from a tractor trailer in Essex County.

$400,000 – A man slipped and fell on ice in Ocean County and suffered a serious head injury.

$382,000 – A young woman was injured due to a fallen down tree in Monmouth County, NJ.

$375,000 – A 45 year-old man suffered head injuries after he was rear-ended by another vehicle while at a stop sign.

$350,000 – A police officer was rear-ended while effectuating a motor vehicle stop on the shoulder of the road. He suffered back injuries as well as injuries to his shoulder that required arthroscopic surgery.

$350,000 – A man was rear-ended while driving in East Brunswick and suffered spine and shoulder injuries.

$350,000 – A Manchester man was involved in an automobile accident resulting in back injuries that required surgery.

$325,000 – A man fell from a window when the instructor of a mandatory training exercise failed to secure his harness.

$315,000 – A woman slipped and fell on ice at a convenience store and suffered a leg fracture that required surgery.

$300,000 – A woman fell ten feet from a porch that did not have a railing or provide warning of danger.

$297,000 – An auto accident resulting in multiple fractures with a $300,000 policy.

$250,000 – A woman received the policy limit after suffering a hip injury in a motorcycle accident

$250,000 – A Monmouth County woman fractured her wrist after falling to the ground as of result being attacked by a dog that broke its’ leash.

$245,000 – Woman in an automobile accident was struck by another car and suffered neck injuries requiring surgery.

$245,000 – A man injured his back and was required to undergo a lumbar fusion surgery (recovered 98% of policy).

$225,000 – A man fell twelve feet through plywood flooring on the balcony during the construction of a home.

$225,000 – A woman fell off of an unsafe bench and suffered a fractured hip and femur.

$225,000 – A passenger was involved in an auto accident and suffered a neck injury.

$215,000 – A man sustained a fractured wrist after slipping and falling on snow and ice, which had been unattended as snow was falling for approximately six hours.

$212,500 – The plaintiff tripped and fell in an apartment complex and suffered a fractured pelvis.

$210,000 – A man slipped and fell on wet stairs in Middlesex County and suffered an ankle fracture.

$207,000 – A man fell due to an empty three-inch display platform in a plant nursery.

$200,000 – A Middlesex county woman slipped and fell while walking down stairs during a luncheon. She injured her wrist, shoulder, and knee.

$200,000 – A retired man slipped and fell in a parking lot requiring hip surgery.

$200,000 – Passenger sustained a fractured leg when driver went through a stop sign.

$200,000 – A young woman underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after she was in a car crash.

$200,000 – A teenage girl was injured suffered hand injuries in an accident at school.

$200,000 – A 40 year-old man sustained a cervical spine injury in a car crash.

$200,000 – A man was involved in a motorcycle accident on Route 1 in Middlesex County and suffered a shoulder injury.

$190,000 – An auto accident resulting in shoulder and wrist injuries.

$187,500 – A man was struck by a vehicle while in his patrol car and suffered neck and shoulder injuries.

$185,000 – A driver of a small truck was hit in the rear by another truck.

$185,000 – A Monmouth County woman suffered low back injuries when she tripped and fell on a drain hole.

$183,750 – A 30 year-old man from Middlesex County was struck by a vehicle while working and injured his knee.

$175,000 – A Middlesex county woman was in an automobile accident in Morris County injuring her wrist, which required surgery.

$175,000 – A Keansburg woman was hit by a truck from behind and suffered a knee injury.

$162,500 – A man from Monmouth County slipped and fell on a truck scale injuring his lower back.

$160,000 – A Somerset man was struck in his automobile by another vehicle that ran a stop sign and he suffered injuries to his cervical spine.

$150,000 – A 40 year-old man injured his knee while walking on steps that were not secure.

$150,000 – A woman was leaving her job in Piscataway when she tripped and fell and suffered a shoulder injury.

$147,500 – A Middlesex County woman slipped and fell on a slippery surface at a convenience store.

$145,000 – A man from Bergen County was in an automobile accident and suffered a fractured pelvis.

$145,000 – A pedestrian suffered a knee injury after he was struck by a driver in Belmar, NJ.

$140,000 – A retired man slipped and fell in his apartment complex fracturing his knee cap.

$140,000 – A Union county man slipped and fell on ice while leaving Rahway Hospital.

$140,000 – An elderly man from Monmouth County tripped and fell in a strip mall fracturing his leg.

$137,500 – A Middlesex County man fractured his clavicle and ribs when his motorcycle hit construction debris on the roadway.

$125,000 – A Somerset County woman tripped and fell on a cracked sidewalk and suffered a fractured wrist.

$125,000 – A man suffered injuries to his spine while rear-ended in his automobile.

$125,000 – A Monmouth County man was assaulted in the workplace.

$120,000 – A man slipped and fell on black ice in parking lot, injuring his shoulder.

$117,500 – A firefighter injured his shoulder after a slip and fall on ice that was not treated properly.

$115,000 – A woman fractured her foot after tripping and falling in a parking lot.

$110,000 – A man was involved in a car accident and injured his hip.

$108,000 – A Colonia woman slipped and fell on ice while entering a doctor’s office. She underwent an operation to repair her fractured arm.

$100,000 – A man was involved in auto accident when the defendant ran a stop sign. (Settled for Defendant’s policy.)

$100,000 – A Woodbridge man was involved in an automobile accident and suffered neck injuries requiring surgery (Settled for Defendant’s policy).

$100,000 – An elderly man was negligently exposed to bacteria.

$100,000 – An Essex county man was hit by a tow truck and suffered neck injuries.

$100,000 – A Perth Amboy woman was struck from behind while in traffic and suffered back injuries.

$100,000 – A 66-year old pedestrian was struck by a car while walking across the street in Union County.

$99,000 – A woman injured her lumbar spine, which required surgery for her lower back. (Settled for 99% of Defendant’s policy)

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655 N Florida Grove Road
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

3509 U.S. 9
Howell Township, NJ 07731

Phone: 732-324-7600
Fax: 732-324-7606