Roy "Jay" J. Thibodaux III, Partner

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Bar Admissions

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York


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.

Professional Activities

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)

Reported Decisions

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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