Values & Leadership

As the Managing Director of the firm, Jim has played an instrumental role in the development and enhancement of Epstein Becker Green’s mission, vision, and values.

Early in his tenure, the firm joined forces with Deloitte Legal to expand its ability to serve clients with global employment and workforce needs.

In 2022, Jim joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), further demonstrating his commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Jim created a Leader's Pledge detailing his personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Selected Publications and Announcements

March 6, 2023 – Article
Focused for 50 & the Future: Epstein Becker Green on Its 50th Anniversary
New Jersey Law Journal

In this article, Jim offers three lessons on culture and perseverance that have served Epstein Becker Green during its first 50 years, and reflects on how those lessons will continue to guide the firm.

April 25, 2022 – Firm Announcement
Epstein Becker Green’s Managing Director James P. Flynn Named a “Leader in Law”

“I am humbled to have been chosen among such esteemed, leading practitioners and professionals,” Jim said. “Personally, to embrace the mantle of firm leadership was a challenge because I never saw myself as a business leader. But I got by that by focusing on my lifelong love of learning and teamwork—law firm leadership is really just doing what needs to be done to make the team better. By study, commitment, and a desire to be the best I can be, I hope to continue growing as a business leader and to keep helping drive the Firm’s shared vision and values forward.”

April 14, 2022 – Article
Remembering an Underappreciated Legal Skill—Listening

"Thus, a lawyer's success is often defined by the border between effective and ineffective communication."

April 4, 2022 – In the News
Epstein Becker Green Attorneys Elected to Law360’s 2022 Editorial Advisory Boards

Jim has been selected to the Legal Industry Advisory Board.

March 8, 2022 – Firm Announcement

The Women’s Initiative of Epstein Becker Green Celebrates 20th Anniversary

“The Firm has proudly championed the WI since its founding,” said Jim. “Our commitment to our women attorneys has been a mainstay of the success of the WI, and the Firm more generally. Our women attorneys’ commitment to the WI, in turn, has been a key to that continuing success. Two decades after its inception, the WI remains an integral and dynamic component of our ongoing efforts to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion and to increase the number of women attorneys in the Firm and among our equity partnership and leadership ranks. Today, we are proud that nearly half of EBG attorneys are women.”

January 27, 2022 – Firm Announcement

Epstein Becker Green Named One of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality—Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index

“We are committed to continue moving the needle on this important issue, which is integral to our Core Values as a Firm,” Jim noted.

November 15, 2021
Managing Director Shares Insights into the Benefits of Prioritizing Wellness, Diversity, and DEI

As part of our 40th Annual Workforce Management Briefing series, Jim discussed the importance of wellness and the vertical, and horizontal, responsibility of attorneys in law firms and legal departments to take care of co-equals. He goes on to share that, in taking this approach, we reinforce the well-being of the team and inspire individuals to achieve at their highest level. For video clips from the full panel discussion, see below.

October 14, 2021 - Social Media
Managing Director Comments on Linking Ethics, Wellness & Performance

As part of our 40th Annual Workforce Management Briefing series, attorney Jim Flynn co-presented on “Ethics Issues During (and After) a Pandemic,” and noted during the program that “Th[e]se things are not just good management tactics—it is good ethics. . . . We need to take care of our co-equals and our teams. . . . Teach, in addition to individual excellence, that sense of team and team work. I think that’s vitally important and creates a broader safety net that both prevents ethical violations and . . . keeps people performing at the highest level. . . . There is a notion not only of individual wellness but of optimal performance.”

August 20, 2021 - Firm Announcements
Epstein Becker Green’s Managing Director James P. Flynn Elevated to Co-Director of John C. Lifland American Inn of Court

The John C. Lifland American Inn of Court is dedicated to fostering and developing the practice of federal litigation and intellectual property (IP) law. Jim will lead this specific Inn as Co-Director by drawing on his practice experience in IP, his role as EBG’s Managing Director, and his ongoing advocacy of the role civility and values must have in successful law firms and for successful lawyers. For many years he has devoted his time and attention to the firm’s strategic mission, importantly, the role firm culture plays in shaping and supporting the firm’s mission. In doing that, Jim has championed an enduring Values Commitment to qualities shared by the American Inns of Court, including professional growth, mentorship, collaboration, high ethical standards, and focused excellence.

July 13, 2021 – Firm Announcements
Culture of Inclusion: Epstein Becker Green Again Earns a Top Score as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

In this announcement, Jim recognizes the firm’s second consecutive year of earning a top score on the Disability Equality Index®, and its ongoing efforts to make an inclusive workspace for all.

May 28, 2021 – Firm Announcements
Epstein Becker Green Joins Mansfield Rule 5.0 to Advance Law Firm Diversity

Jim discusses how the firm’s participation in the Mansfield Rule aligns with its Core Values and commitment to maintain a diverse workforce.

May 20, 2021 - In the News
Epstein Becker Green and Deloitte Legal Featured in “The Latest Big Four-Law Firm Alliance Follows Tested Model”
The American Lawyer

In this article, Jim reflects on the firm's strategic alliance with Deloitte Legal and the future of the marketplace as another member of the Big Four partners with a law firm to offer legal services to clients.

May 14, 2021 - In the News
“Another Zoom Summer? Firms Rethink Associate Programs as COVID-19 Restrictions Lift”

In this article, Jim discusses Epstein Becker Green's plans for their 2021 Summer Associate program, including the firm's intention to onboard associates virtually while extending the invitation to work in the office if they are comfortable doing so.

April 22, 2021 – Firm Announcements
Four Epstein Becker Green Attorneys Elected to Law360’s 2021 Editorial Advisory Boards

“Thought leadership is one of EBG’s Core Values, and the development of thought leadership has been in the DNA of the firm since its inception," Jim comments. "We are very pleased that Law360, a premier, go-to platform for timely legal news and analysis, has asked us to contribute in this way.”

June 5, 2020 - Podcast
Epstein Becker Green’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Firm’s Commitments to Communication and Core Values
Law Firm ILN-telligence - International Lawyers Network

In this podcast, Jim, Managing Director of Epstein Becker Green, discusses how the pandemic has broken down barriers between offices, the ways in which the firm addresses the myriad of challenges facing all of us in the current moment, and how a multinational network is an asset when you’re facing adversity.

April 8, 2020 - Article
Not Only Will We March Again: Committed, Resilient IP Lawyers Marching Still in Time of COVID
ILN IP Insider - International Lawyers Network

In this article, Jim discusses what intellectual property lawyers and others can do, and have been doing, as we practice law in the time of COVID.

April 6, 2020 - Article
INSIGHT: The Practice of Law in the Time of Covid-19
Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report

In this article, Jim outlines why the world needs resilient, optimistic lawyers who can cope with the changes in the profession as well as the many legal issues clients need help addressing during the coronavirus pandemic.

March 27, 2020 - Article
Epstein Becker Green Leaders Discuss the Impact of COVID-19 on Clients and the Firm
(Read the full version - subscription required.)
The American Lawyer

In this article, Jim, with Mark E. Lutes, Chair of the firm’s Board of Directors, and David W. Garland, Member of the Firm and Chair of the firm’s National Employment, Labor & Workforce Management Steering Committee, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on clients and the firm.

January 2, 2019 - In the News
"Epstein Becker Discards Caregiver Status in Parental Leave"
(Read the full version – subscription required.)

In this article, Jim is interviewed concerning why the firm chose to expand its parental leave benefits, for all employees.

June 17, 2019 - Article
INSIGHT: The EBG, Deloitte Alliance—Client-Focused Mindset Called for Global Workforce Management Model
Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

Epstein Becker Green and Deloitte Legal joined forces to serve the global employment and workforce needs of clients. Jim, with Steven Di Fiore, Chief Operating Officer, and Deloitte directors, explains why the alliance will work and the benefits of their approach featuring multidisciplinary teams of business and legal professionals.

May 7, 2019 – In the News
Deloitte Expands US Legal Ambitions with Epstein Becker Green
The American Lawyer

Epstein Becker Green and Deloitte Legal announce innovative alliance. Jim, Steven Di Fiore, and Deloitte Legal spokesman discuss the prospects and potential this brings to each alliance partner, their clients, and the market.

June 27, 2017 - Announcement
Values Commitment

Values Reflecting Thoughtfulness - video - Jim speaks about why the firm values thoughtfulness in all its many meanings.
Guiding Excellence in Others - video - Jim discusses pride in others at the firm excelling.
Fostering Ideas and Leadership - video - Jim addresses the importance of openness to ideas and stepping into opportunity to make an impact.

May 11, 2009 – Article
Going for the Win: Clients Want Star Trial Lawyer Who’s a Team Player
The New Jersey Law Journal

In this article, Jim asserts that when it comes to defending most corporations, defense is a team game. The best image for the champion trial attorney should come from a team sport — Michael Jordan seems the right role model, or maybe Bill Russell, the player-coach. Law firms that can implement such an ethos internally and market it externally stand the best chance of successful and repeat retentions by those in the corporate world, where teamwork is highly valued.

Focus Areas


Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

  • Secured a conviction and sentencing for Becton Dickinson after a departing employee downloaded confidential information and trade secrets. Jim obtained an ex parte civil injunction while convincing law enforcement to execute search and arrest warrants that stopped the employee from fleeing the country and replicating a soon-to-be-launched autoinjector-type product.
  • Won a jury verdict for Becton Dickinson after a high-level executive claimed multiple whistleblower violations. The aggressive defense against all claims convinced the jury to rule in his client’s favor and to affirm that the plaintiff had made defamatory statements about the company.
  • Obtained dismissal of a pension plan mismanagement claim brought against Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia) that exposed the company to multibillion-dollar liability. Though the company also faced challenges by unions and individual employees and retirees, Jim successfully avoided liability for his client.
  • Won dismissal of misfeasance, malfeasance, and fraud claims in connection with PRA Health Science’s clinical trials. In a challenging matter involving complex choice of law, limitations, and other legal issues, Jim is defending PRA’s U.S. entity and its Dutch affiliate in multijurisdictional litigation. To date, Jim has had one of the actions dismissed in New York, defeated attempts to transfer another from Delaware to Minnesota, and had claims against the Dutch affiliate dismissed.
  • Obtained a jury verdict in a trademark and fraud action concerning popular music group The Drifters. As lead trial and appellate counsel, Jim established that a rival had defrauded the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to obtain registration and secured his clients’ common law priority right to the mark.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation (2015 to 2024). This award is conferred by Best Lawyers. A description of the selection methodology is available here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, New Jersey—Labor & Employment (2016 to 2023). This award is conferred by Chambers and Partners. A description of the selection methodology is available here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 United States, Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions): Defense (2018 to 2021); Workplace and Employment Counseling (2019 to 2023). This award is conferred by The Legal 500. A description of the selection methodology is available here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Selected to the Litigation Counsel of America (trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers) as a Fellow (2022). This fellowship was conferred by the Litigation Counsel of America. A description of the selection methodology is available here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor: Employer and Employment Litigation: Defense (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 to 2024). This award is conferred by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology is available here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.



  • Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1990)
  • Wesleyan University (B.A., 1987)
    • Davenport Prize: Established in 1948 by the gift of Ernest W. Davenport in honor of his brother, Frederick Morgan Davenport, Class of 1889, for excellence shown by seniors in the field of government and politics.
    • Joe Barry Morningstar Award: To the varsity basketball player who best exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership, determination, and unselfishness.

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • John C. Lifland American Inn of Court for Federal Litigation & Intellectual Property, Co-Director (2021 to 2023)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Law360 Legal Industry Advisory Board (2022)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity





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