James J. O'Hara

Telephone: 973.623.7041
Facsimile: 973.623.7780

Jim O’Hara, formerly of Graham Curtin, brings over thirty years of diverse litigation experience. His practice areas include premises liability, products liability and warranty, consumer protection, employment law, construction law, commercial litigation and class action defense.  Jim has represented casinos, hotels, shopping centers and malls, gaming companies, manufacturers of industrial equipment, major automobile manufacturers, an international manufacturer of consumer electronics products and national construction companies.  He has extensive trial experience in New Jersey state and federal courts and has represented clients in commercial disputes before the American Arbitration Association.   Jim is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Products Liability/Warranty
  • Personal Injury/Premises Liability
  • Employment Law
  • Class Actions


  • Seton Hall Law School (J.D. 1985)
    • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Award (Most Significant Contribution to Clinical Programs)
    • Seton Hall Legislative Bureau, Student Director Centennial Scholarship Award
  • Fairfield University (B.A. 1978)


  • New Jersey (1986)
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (1986)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2005)

Representative Decisions

  • Gilmore v. Nationwide Bowling Corp., 2014 WL 8390329 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 2, 2015). Secured dismissal, sustained on appeal, of personal injury action brought by bowling alley patron. 
  • Avram v. Samsung Elec. Am., Inc., 2015 WL 6407958 (D.N.J. 2015).  Successfully limited scope of corporate designee deposition in putative class action involving refrigerator energy consumption; Avram v. Samsung Elec. Am., Inc., 2013 WL 3654090 (D.N.J. 2014).  Obtained dismissal of claims of breach of implied warranty of merchantability; violation of state consumer fraud statutes; and unjust enrichment. 
  • Durso v. Samsung Elec. Am., Inc., 2014 WL 4237590 (D.N.J. 2014).  Obtained dismissal on motion in lieu of Answer of multiple claims in putative class action alleging defects in front-loading washing machines.
  • Hertz v. Nowacki, 2006 WL 3053473 (N.J. App. Div. 2006) and Hertz v. Travers, 2016 WL 3636333 (N.J. App. Div. July 8, 2016).   Repeatedly defended complex easement litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, sustaining dismissal of second lawsuit on appeal.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (Board Member)