Jim McGuire serves as a member of the NJ Superior Court Roster of Mediators and Arbitrators. In that capacity since 2000 and in other capacities since 1974, he has resolved hundreds of matters ranging from: business, contract, consumer, environmental, foreclosure, government, insurance, landlord tenant, land use, lemon law, public policy, utility, and citizen complaints about state government agencies.
The following are selected examples of mediation and other dispute resolution efforts:
As Director and Mediator of the NJ Public Advocate Dept.’s Center for Public Dispute Resolution mediated numerous cases including:
– Burlington County Election Board Dispute: successfully resolved impasse with four member Board of Elections referred by Hon. Martin L. Haines, Assignment Judge, Superior Court, Burlington County (1984);
– Montgomery Gateway Housing Relocation Dispute: As part of a consent agreement between the developer of a HUD housing project and Hudson County Legal Services, more than 100 displaced residents were to receive priority placement. Served as arbitrator in several cases clarifying the eligibility provisions which resolved the instant cases as well as a number of pending cases (1984);
– City of Camden vs. Camden County MUA: Co-mediator on the Court appointed team that resolved a decade-long dispute among the CCMUA, 36 municipalities of Camden County, NJ DEP and others, over the construction and cost allocation of a countywide regional sewer system. After eight months of intensive mediation efforts the parties reached consensus, and the court approved, a plan that fairly allocated the cost of the sewer system among the 40 stakeholder parties. The resolution resulted in: the construction of a countywide sewer system serving all 37 municipalities in the county, cleanup of one of NJ’s most polluted rivers, reduction of the cost of the system by approximately $40 million, lowered the annual cost per household from over $1,000 to $350, and the decision by Campbell’s Soup company to remain in the City of Camden and to build its new world headquarters there. (1985-86)
– Emergency Medical Services Dispute: at the request of the Governor’s Council on emergency medical Services Steering committee, the Center designed and facilitated a series of four regional public meetings to provide concerned members of the EMS community and public an opportunity for public input. (1987-88)
– Aircraft Noise Dispute – Newark International Airport: at the request of the Speaker of the NJ General Assembly, the Center worked with the parties to establish a forum in which to address and mitigate noise impact. The Center served as process consultant for the design of six regional public participation meetings. 1988-99
– State Development and Redevelopment Pan Cross Acceptance Process: at the request of the State Planning Commission, the Center, in conjunction with CDR Associated trained over 200 state, county and local officials who went on to participate in the Cross Acceptance process. The Center helped design public participation process and provided dispute resolution services as a facilitator for public participation in six counties where public concern and opposition was strongest. (1988-89)
As a Superior Court mediator and arbitrator was assigned numerous cases from 2000-2004, 2013-present providing a range of assistance from resolution to clarifying issues and facilitating exchange of information.
As a neutral in the NJ Citizen Ombudsman Office resolved hundreds of citizen complaints regarding the administrative actions of state government agencies. (1974-1984)
As Deputy Commissioner for the NJ Dept. of Human Services, was instrumental in negotiation settlements to a number of high profile cases during 2005 including:
– K.J., T.J., M.J. v. DYFS, Camden, NJ USDNJ (2005) Settlement of child neglect case $12.5 M;
– Charlie and Nadine H. v. Codey, et al., Dkt. No. 99-3678 (SRC) Conflict resolution re reform efforts of NJ’s Child Welfare System pursuant to Federal Court consent agreement;
– Estate of Faheem Williams, et al. v. DYFS: wrongful death and child abuse and neglect matter;
– U.S. Dept. of Justice v. NJ Woodbridge Development Center (USDC, DNJ): Negotiated Consent Agreements with the US DOJ to improved conditions at the Woodbridge Center. Also involved in negotiations regarding several other lawsuits various state facilities including: Vineland, Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, and others;
– Mercer County Juvenile Detention Center: negotiated resolution to a dispute between a state contract service provider, the County of Mercer and Catholic Charities which allowed the contract provider to remain a tenant at the county detention facility until a new facility was located and ready for occupancy thereby allowing crucial services to continue without interruption;
– Union Protest at NJ State facility for special needs children: defused proposed action by union members to make direct contact with families of residents regarding union related issues.
As Deputy Attorney General assigned to advise the NJ Board of Public Utilities and its Clean Energy Program utilized negotiation, facilitation and mediation skills on an ongoing basis to deal with competing interests of stakeholders in the clean energy arena and jurisdictional issues among other state entities including: The Governor’s Office and the Governor’s ARRA Task Force, Treasury, NJ EDA, US Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Community Affairs, Dept. of Human Services, HMFA, and others. (2007-2011)
As an attorney in private practice he was involved in the litigation and negotiated resolution deregulating NJ’s electric utility industry; negotiated resolution to numerous regulatory matters ranging from utility rate cases to contract disputes between private entities and government agencies. (1994-2014)
As the elected Chair of the Hopewell Township Charter Study Commission lead a politically split Commission in a collaborative yearlong study of the township government and facilitated a unanimous recommendation to the voters regarding the proposed form of government. (2004-2005)
As member of St. Matthews Building Committee, facilitated a process involving church neighbors so that their concerns would be taken into account in the construction of major addition to the Parish hall. The project was approved with out opposition and constructed in a manner that preserved good relations between the Church and its neighbors. (2005-6)
As a member of the Hopewell Township Municipal Court mediation program mediated and resolved disputes referred by the Court. (1988-89)