James A. Barry

James A. Barry, Partner

Background and Experience

James A. Barry is a partner with the Locks Law Firm where he concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation. Mr. Barry predominantly handles cases involving environmental contamination on behalf of individuals and governmental entities as well as class/collective actions involving data breaches, consumer fraud and employee wages. Mr. Barry has become a fixture in the courts of New Jersey on consumer issues, and has been involved in a number of notable decisions including:

     Martinez-Santiago v. Public Storage, 28 F. Supp. 3d 500 (D.N.J. 2014)

     Martinez-Santiago v. Public Storage, 312 F.R.D. 380 (D.N.J. 2015)

     Johnson v. Wynn’s Extended Care, 635 Fed. Appx. 59 (3d Cir. 2015)

     Castro v. Sovran Self Storage, 114 F. Supp. 3d 204 (D.N.J. 2015)

     Morgan v. Sanford Brown Institute, 225 N.J. 289 (2016)

     Roach v. BM Motoring LLC, 228 N.J. 163 (2017)

     Dugan v. TGI Fridays, Inc., 231 N.J. 24 (2017)

     Mellet v. Aquasid, LLC. 452 N.J. Super 23 (App. Div. 2017)

     Spade v. Select Comfort, 232 N.J. 504 (2018)

     Moore v. Atlantic County, 2018 WL 4354304 (App. Div. 2018)

     Kernahan v. Home Warranty Administrator of Florida, Inc., 236 N.J. 301 (2019)

Mr. Barry also currently serves on the Plaintiff’s Executive Committees for the following multicounty litigations: In re Physiomesh Litigation (Flexible Composite Mesh), MCL No. 627; In re Proceed Mesh Litigation (Proceed® Surgical Mesh and Proceed® Ventral Patch Hernia Mesh), MCL 630; and In re Prolene Hernia System Mesh Litigation, MCL No. 633, each currently pending in Atlantic County Superior Court.

Mr. Barry is the past co-chair of the consumer protection law committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and has previously served as the co-chair of the consumer law committee for the New Jersey Association for Justice.  

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Barry served as the law clerk to current Supreme Court Justice F.J. Fernandez-Vina, then sitting as Presiding Judge of the Civil Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, Camden County. During his clerkship, Mr. Barry assisted the judge with cases involving personal injury, professional malpractice, breach of contract, environmental contamination and various other civil matters. Mr. Barry was also certified as a mediator during his clerkship and assisted parties with settling disputes pending before the Special Civil Part before they went to trial.

Mr. Barry received his law degree cum laude from Rutgers School of Law – Camden. During his time at Rutgers Law Mr. Barry was a member of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion and participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court. Mr. Barry and the Rutgers-Camden team finished in the round of 16 of over 200 teams competing in Vis moot court, the furthest any Rutgers team had ever advanced in the competition.

Outside the Office

Prior to going to law school, James was a member of the United Chemical Workers Union. He enjoys spending time outside the office with his wife, two children and rescued English Bulldog.

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Admitted to Practice

New Jersey (2008)
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (2008)
Pennsylvania (2009)
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 2008 (cum laude)
Rowan University, B.A., 2004 (cum laude)

Professional Affiliations

American Association for Justice
New Jersey Association for Justice
Camden County Bar Association
National Association of Consumer Advocates
New Jersey State Bar Association


Honored by Rutgers with the Dr. Maro R. Sondahl Memorial Award for Excellence in International Commercial Law
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