James H. Forte


18 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 200
Florham Park, NJ 07932
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Jim Forte is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, banking litigation, UCC litigation and securities arbitrations.  In addition to his trial practice, Jim specializes in creditors’ rights’ issues and workout negotiations on behalf of lenders, and provides consulting services for banks, financial institutions, manufacturers and other businesses concerning the UCC and related state and federal laws. 

Honors and Awards

"AV" Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™

Listed in:

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers® - 2010-2017
  • New York Area Top Rated Lawyers by ALM, 2012
  • Best Lawyers® - Litigation - Banking and Finance - 2014-2018

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Noteworthy Decisions

Cornacchiulo v. Alternative Investment Solutions, L.L.C., 2012 WL 2285185 (App. Div. Jun. 19, 2012)

Bank Polaska Kasa Opieki, S.A.v. Pamrapo Savings Bank, S.L.A., 35 UCC Rep. Serv.2d (Callahan) 936 (D.N.J 1995)

Capogrosso v. Bank of New York, A-1759-06T3, 2007 WL 4335214 (App. Div. Nov. 13, 2007)

Cedar Ridge Trailer Sales, Inc. v. National Community Bank of New Jersey, 312 N.J. Super. 51 (App. Div. 1998)

Estate of Beim v. Hirsch, 121 Fed. Appx. 950, 2005 WL 332412 (3d Cir. Feb. 11. 2005)

Giudice v. Drew Chemical Corp., 210 N.J. Super. 32 (App. Div.), certif. granted and denied, 104 N.J. 465 (1986)

Ingersoll-Rand Co. v. Barnett, No. CIVA 05-1636 (DRD), 2007 WL 2885821 (D.N.J. Sep. 27, 2007)

Intarome Fragrance & Flavor Corp. v. Zarkades, NO. CIVA 07-873 (DRD), 2008 WL 5109501 (D.N.J. Dec. 2, 2008)

ITM Enterrpises, Inc. v. Bank of New York, 302 A.2d 359, 754 N.Y.S.2d 663 (2d Dep't 2003)

The Bank of New York v. Amoco Oil Company, 35 F.3d 643 (2d Cir. 1994)

The Bank of New York v. Michael P. Maloney Consulting, Inc., No. A-0714-06T3, 2007 WL 3306715 (Nov. 9, 2007)

Wells Fargo Bank v. ADF Operating Corp., 50 A.D.3d 280, 855 N.Y.S.2d 68 (1st Dep’t 2008)


"Picatinny Credit Union in $14M Mortgage Fight with Fannie Mae," Morristown Daily Record, March 10, 2009

"A Novel Approach to Warrantless Seizures of the Home; Inspirational or Aberrational Law?," 41 Washington & Lee Law Review 211, 1984

Memberships and Activities

Essex County Bar Association

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, Banking Law Section

Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey

American Bar Association