James Burbage


P:212-683-7100 ext. 294

Meet James

James Burbage joined Gallo Vitucci Klar, LLP in May of 2022. His legal career began at Pellini and Poblete, the New York Staff Counsel office for Reliance Insurance. After several years as a trial counsel, he was named Managing Attorney of the newly opened Reliance Staff Counsel office, in New Jersey, in 1996. He continued litigating matters while in New Jersey representing; trucking companies, fast food companies, manufacturers and commercial property owners. In January of 2001 he joined Barry McTiernan & Moore as a Senior Trail Counsel. His clients included: municipal entities; the City of New York, the MTA and its subsidiaries; commercial property owners, delivery companies, and the gamut of entities involved in New York Labor Law litigation. He has also argued appeals in New York’s First and Second Departments and the Court of Appeals where he argued Jefferson Insurance Company v. Travelers Insurance Company. As needed, he has handled coverage issues. After twenty-one years with Barry McTiernan & Moore, he joined our firm.

When not in the office, James enjoys spending time with his wife, his daughter and son (both attorneys) and his grand-children. He is a big New York sports fan and enjoys watching and attending sporting events, especially high school basketball games, when possible.

Prior Work Experience
  • Barry McTiernan & Moore, Senior Trial Counsel and Partner, 2001 - 2022
  • Law Office of James Burbage, Managing Attorney for the New Jersey Staff Counsel Office of Reliance Insurance Company, 1996 - 2001
  • Law Office of Pellini And Poblete, Trial Attorney for the New York Staff Counsel office for Reliance Insurance Company, 1989 - 1996
  • Rice High School, the only private all-male high school in Harlem New York; taught, mentored, coached and administered, 1978 - 1989

Practice Areas

  • Construction Accident
  • Construction Defect
  • Elevator and Escalator
  • Excess Insurance Monitoring / Substitution Counsel
  • Insurance Coverage and Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Restaurant and Innkeeper Liability
  • Security Guard Litigation Defense
  • Subrogation and Property Loss
  • Trucking and Transportation


  • New Jersey, 1989
  • New York, 1990
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Fordham University Law School, JD, 1989
  • Manhattan College, MA, 1981
  • Manhattan College, BA, 1978