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James E. McGuire



  • Seton Hall University School of Law, 1993, J.D.
  • Vermont Law School, 1996, M.S., magna cum laude, Environmental Law
  • Rutgers University, 1985, MPA (Masters of Public Administration)
  • Lafayette College, 1973, A.B.

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey

Jim is an experienced regulatory lawyer, concentrating in public utility, energy and renewable energy law and regulation at the state level. Jim is counsel in Reed Smith’s Princeton, New Jersey office and a member of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group.

Jim has extensive experience dealing with a broad range of state government agencies. His past work as a mediator makes him an effective problem solver and he is recognized for his ability to find creative solutions to meet client’s needs while making square corners.

A veteran public utility attorney, Jim has represented every type of stakeholder group in the state public utility arena, including: utilities, generators, trade groups, large energy customers, rate counsel and the state public utility regulatory agency. During the past 20 years he has assisted clients in a broad range of regulatory matters.

Jim is past Chair of the State Bar’s Public Utility Law Section, liaison to its Renewable Energy Committee and served as a member of the Governor’s Energy Policy Transition Team. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America by Woodward and White and as a “Super Lawyer” by New Jersey Magazine for public utility law in 2005-2006.

Employment History

  • 2011 - Reed Smith (1997-2004, 2011 - Present)
  • 2007 - NJ Attorney General Department
  • 2006 - Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A. on assignment to American Water Company
  • 2005 - NJ Department of Human Services, General Counsel
  • 1994 - Picco Herbert Kennedy
  • 1991 - NJ Rate Counsel

Professional Affiliations

  • NJ State Bar Association: Member and former Chair, Public Utility Law Section; Member, Renewable Energy Committee
  • Mercer County Bar Association: Member; Trustee 2003-2006; Inn of Court 1998-2001
  • Governor's Transition Team for Energy Policy (NJ): Member, 2005-2006
  • Governor's Task Force on Electric Utility Deferred Balances (NJ): Member, 2002
  • Governor's Transition (NJ): Co-Chair of Public Advocate Transition Team, 2001
  • Mediator: Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation, 1984-1991; NJ Superior Court, 2000-04; 2013-present 
  • NJ Supreme Court Committee on Dispute Resolution: Member, 1983-1990
  • Leadership New Jersey


  • Time with family and friends
  • Summers at the Lake
  • Travel
  • Golf