Roy "Jay" J. Thibodaux III, Partner
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
University of New Orleans, M.B.A. Finance
Louisiana State University, B.S. Accounting
Selected as a New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2011-2016
2021 Best Lawyers, New York Area edition, Commercial Litigation
Chosen as one of the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2016 New Leaders of the Bar
As a part of the firm’s Litigation group, Jay Thibodaux, who is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, represents the firm’s individual and corporate clients in a wide range of cases. Jay has prosecuted and defended a variety of litigation matters, including those involving estate and trust administration, the appointment of fiduciaries and breach of contract, in both New Jersey State and Federal Courts. Jay’s role in these cases has included providing in-depth analysis and application of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, the probable intent doctrine, the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and the prerequisites to piercing the corporate veil. Jay has also handled various other commercial disputes, such as those involving the Uniform Commercial Code, personal injury claims, employment litigation involving the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, and commercial landlord-tenant disputes.
Jay has taken a lead role in the firm’s complex commercial litigations that involve the preservation and production of electronic discovery, and he has managed high-volume e-discovery document review and production.
During his time with the firm, Jay has played a meaningful role in high-profile estate and trust cases, including representation of major financial institutions and the trustees of major trust funds with hundreds of millions of dollars of assets.
Prior to and during law school, Jay obtained valuable exposure to various business industries through his positions as a property accountant for Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR), a tax accounting intern for Deloitte LLP, a legal extern for the New York Stock Exchange, Enforcement Division and a legal internship with FINRA (formerly, NASD).
During law school, Jay was a member of the Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, the Interscholastic Moot Court Board and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. He was a semi-finalist in the Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition. After law school, from 2005 to 2006, Jay served as law clerk to the Honorable Howard H. Kestin, P.J.A.D., in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. Following his clerkship and prior to joining Berkowitz Lichtstein, Jay was associated with two well-respected New Jersey law firms.
As a native of New Orleans, Jay maintains close ties to the area, including personal and business relationships with fellow alumni of his alma mater, Jesuit High School.
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
Participant, Lifland Inn of Court (2008-2009)
Trustee, Scholarship Fund for Inner City Children
Member, Seton Hall School of Law Alumni Council
Is it Time to Revisit the Fairness Doctrine in Response to the Federal Communications Commission’s Proposed Media Ownership Rules?, 15.2 Seton Hall J. Sport L. 337 (2005)
Herrick v. Wilson, 429 N.J. Super. 402 (Law Div. 2012)
Campbell v. Shrewsbury Surgicenter, et al., Nos. A-6619-06T3, A-2657-07T3 (App. Div. February 18, 2009)
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