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Lawyer , Insurance company executive

James Robert Gillen, American lawyer, insurance company executive. Bar: New York 1966, New Jersey 1975.


Gillen, James Robert was born on November 14, 1937 in New York City. Son of James Matthew and Katharine Isabel (Fritz) Gillen.


Harvard College (A B., magna cum laude, 1959). Harvard Law School (Bachelor of Laws, cum laude, 1962). Associate, White and Case, 1966-1972.

Member, 1984-1990 and President, 1987-1988, Board of Trustees of the United Way of Essex and West Hudson. Member, New York Stock Exchange Legal Advisory Committee, 1986-1989.


Associate White & Case, New York City, 1965—1972. Vice president, associate general counsel Prudential Insurance Company American, Newark, 1972—1977, senior vice president, associate general counsel, 1977—1980, senior vice president public affairs, 1980—1984, senior vice president, general counsel, 1984—1998. Member board trustees Columbia Institute Investor Project, 1981—1997.

Legal advisory committee New York Stock Exchange, 1986—1989. Member advisory board Ascertain Solutions, Inc., 2001—2002.


  • Bar: New York 1966, New Jersey 1975.


Trustee United Way Essex and West Hudson Counties, 1981-1990, president, 1986-1988. Member Mendham Township Board Education, 1981-1982, New Jersey. Trustee New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, 1991-1999, Mendham Township Library., 1979-1982.

Director, chairman Neurological Institute New Jersey, 1998, 2005. Board directors New Philharmonic Orchestra New Jersey, since 2005, New Jersey Ballet, since 2008, Bloomfield College, since 2008. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1959-1962.

Member American Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association, Association Life Insurance Counsel, Harvard Club New York City, Morris Country Golf Club.


  • Other Interests

    Opera, theater, reading.


Married Rita Marie Wahleithner, June 15, 1963 (div. 1992); children: Jennifer Elaine, Nancy Louise, Paula Anne. Married Edda Lya Pacheco, December 10, 1994.

James Matthew Gillen

Katharine Isabel (Fritz) Gillen

Rita Marie Wahleithner

Edda Lya Pacheco

Jennifer Elaine Gillen

Nancy Louise Gillen

Paula Anne Gillen