Jim has more than 35 years of experience handling a wide range of labor and employment matters.


Jim has more than 35 years of experience handling a wide range of labor and employment matters. He focuses his practice on guiding employers in addressing employment benefit matters, defending employment discrimination claims, negotiating executive employment agreements, handling complex fraud and governance matters and high profile investigations for management, providing guidance to international companies on US employment laws, advising on benefit plan design, providing due diligence on mergers and acquisitions with respect to benefit, labor and employment matters, providing labor advice to employers with unions, and handling a wide range of matters before the NLRB and in state and federal court. He has also significant experience in labor litigation and has represented clients in matters involving grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practices and collective bargaining. Jim also has three decades of experience in representing companies in the Pharma and Life Sciences Industry in a wide variety of labor and employment related matters, and related FDA matters.

Beyond traditional labor and employment matters, Jim defends federal and state False Claims Act cases and whistleblower actions under Sarbanes Oxley and regularly performs due diligence on corporate matters. He advises clients on complex benefit issues arising out of asset and stock sales, mergers and secondment transactions, as well as complex, multi-employer pension matters.

Mr. Anelli also advises companies on financial reporting obligations with respect to financial whistle-blowing matters.

Jim also provides mediation services in a number of unique areas that set him apart from other mediators who simply do not have the background in such areas as: handling complex executive compensation disputes, including equity option disputes, resolution of state and federal False Claims Act matters, and governance issues.

Jim is the United States representative for Transatlantic Law International, a global legal services provider to companies in more than 80 countries, through which he assists international clients on cross-border issues.

For more than three decades, Jim has regularly presented on numerous topics before a corporate counsel organizations throughout the United States. He has served on the New Jersey State Bar Association's executive committee since 2006, presenting numerous seminars to the State Bar on employment matters.

Prior to joining White and Williams, Jim was co-leader of the Labor and Employment group at LeClairRyan.

Recognition and Involvement

Recognition & Involvement

Since 2010, Jim has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment and Labor Law - Management.

Jim was named a 2019–2020 “Labor & Employment Star - Northeast,” by Benchmark Litigation.


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New York Law School, JD, cum laude, 1984

Rutgers College, BS, 1981

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The Employment Law Counselor Podcast
  • Avoiding Liability When Making Layoffs

    The Employment Law Counselor hosted by Jeff Stewart is launching the first episode of its new season in collaboration with Professional Liability Underwriting Society. In this episode, Partner Jeff Stewart is joined by Jim Anelli, Partner and Chair of the Labor and Employment Group at White and Williams, for a conversation diving into how companies can avoid liability in layoff situations.

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