Our Team

John J. Zidziunas, Esq.Member

Mr. Zidziunas concentrates his practice in all aspects of employment law litigation including claims for racial and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblowing, pregnancy/disability discrimination, religious discrimination, political affiliation discrimination and First Amendment violations. Mr. Zidziunas has experience in all phases of complex civil litigation, both state and federal, and has successfully tried cases to a conclusion from both a plaintiff and defendant’s perspective. Mr. Zidziunas also has an extensive background in the area of business to business litigation.

Prior to opening his own practice, Mr. Zidziunas was an associate with a large law firm in New Jersey. During that time, Mr. Zidziunas tried, arbitrated and settled numerous cases in the areas of employment litigation and insurance law. As an associate, Mr. Zidziunas co-authored the article “Workplace Discrimination: Does the Law Require an Investigation?”

While in law school, Mr. Zidziunas was a Member of the Moot Court Honor Society and represented Seton Hall Law’s Interscholastic Moot Court Board in a national constitutional law tournament at the University of Wisconsin, finishing as a quarterfinalist. Mr. Zidziunas was a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara A. Curran, J.S.C., in the Civil Division of Hudson County. He also served as an intern with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Prior to attending law school, John was a corporate and securities law paralegal with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City.

Aside from his trial advocacy skills, Mr. Zidziunas is frequently retained to draft employment agreements, handbooks, non-compete / non-solicitation agreements and privacy agreements for large corporations and startups.

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, Visiting Student
Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Juris Doctor
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Bachelor of Arts

Admissions

State of New York
State of New Jersey
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
District of Columbia


Dennis O. Dowd, Esq.Special Counsel

Dennis Dowd, Esq. is special counsel to the Firm and lends his expertise in the areas of business litigation and governmental litigation concerning municipalities. As a former Prosecutor and private practitioner, he has extensive trial and litigation experience and success before a jury. His achievements in the areas of governmental law and gaming law, however, are particularly exceptional. Some of Mr. Dowd’s recent accolades in government law include:

  • Former Senior Vice President of Legal & Governmental Affairs for the New Jersey Sports andExposition Authority (NJSEA)
  • Former Senior Vice President of Racing for NJSEA
  • Former Vice President of Off Track Betting & Wagering, NJSEA
  • Former Independent Manager of Vernon Down’s Racetrack
  • Former President of Bally’s Ocean Downs Racetrack in Ocean City, Maryland
  • Former President & General Counsel to Freehold Raceway in Freehold, New Jersey

Throughout his career, Mr. Dowd has brought many significant legal matters to successful resolution through settlement, trial, arbitration and mediation.

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctor
Rutgers University, Bachelor of Arts

Admissions

State of New Jersey
United States District Court, District of New Jersey


Barry E. Janay, Esq.Of Counsel

BarryBarry E. Janay, Esq. is a Manhattan based litigation attorney who represents numerous individuals and corporations in pre-litigation negotiation and in-court litigation of lawsuits. Mr. Janay handles cases throughout New York State, including all federal and state courts in New York City (Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island), Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland.

He acts as primary outside counsel for clients in fields ranging from publishing, software, retailers, consumer products, and online information businesses. Barry is of counsel to John J. Zidziunas & Associates in several New York based litigations in the areas of commercial litigation, lead poisoning litigation and employment litigation.

Education

Golden Gate University School of Law, Juris Doctor
Golden Gate University, Ageno School of Business, M.B.A
Rollins College, Bachelor of Arts

Admissions

New York State Courts
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
New York Court of Appeals