James (Jacksy) Bilsborrow

Partner

James, who goes by Jacksy, represents victims of environmental contamination, toxic exposure, and defective products in complex litigation nationwide.

JACKSY BILSBORROW

Jacksy has been appointed to numerous leadership roles in national multidistrict litigation. As a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Dicamba Herbicides Litigation, he helped secure a settlement with Monsanto on behalf of farmers valued at over $400 million. As class counsel in PFOA and PFOS litigation, representing the exposed residents and property owners of Petersburgh, New York, he was a leading force in successfully obtaining the first decision in the New York state courts to affirm the certification of a medical monitoring class. He is currently serving as interim class counsel, representing PFOA-exposed residents and property owners of Hoosick Falls, New York. He is also co-lead class counsel in an action against Excellus Health Plan after hackers broke into the company’s computer systems and stole sensitive personal medical information and financial records. The order certifying the Excellus class is the second-ever certified data breach class. Both cases are ongoing.

Jacksy held prominent roles throughout the Deepwater Horizon Litigation, working closely with the Phase One trial team that ultimately secured a finding against BP of gross negligence in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Jacksy also served on the Medical Benefits Settlement team that negotiated BP’s commitment to provide compensation and preventive treatments to Gulf Coast shoreline residents and to workers involved in the spill cleanup. Finally, he was a member of the appeals team that successfully defended the economic portion of the BP settlement all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Seeger Weiss, Jacksy spent a decade at Weitz & Luxenberg. Before that, he clerked for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Honorable Christopher C. Conner of the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts of the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Northern District of New York, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Fifth Circuits

Memberships and Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Committee on Attorney Professionalism, New York Bar Association
  • Member, Professional Responsibility Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • Member, Working Group on Litigation Funding, New York City Bar Association
  • New York American Inn of Court
  • New York Federal Bar Council
  • Fellows of the American Bar Association
  • American Constitution Society
  • Leadership Academy, American Association for Justice
  • New York Trial Lawyers Association
  • Third Circuit Bar Association
  • Board of directors, Complex Litigation e-Discovery Forum
  • Drafting committee, Multidistrict Litigation Best Practices, Duke Law
  • Former member, Next Gen Advisory Board, Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims, Emory Law School

Pro Bono

Jacksy served as court-appointed counsel to two former death row inmates who alleged that they were improperly confined for years in unconstitutional conditions of solitary confinement. Following oral argument, a unanimous panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the constitutional rights of Jacksy’s clients were violated and that the Due Process Clause limits the state’s ability to subject inmates to indefinite conditions of solitary confinement.

SELECTED REPRESENTATION

  • Dicamba Herbicides Litigation, MDL No. 2820 (E.D. Mo.). Member of Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, securing a $400 million settlement with Monsanto on behalf of farmers.
  • Oil Spill by the Oil Rig, “Deepwater Horizon,” Litigation, MDL No. 2179 (E.D. La.). Served as member of Phase One trial team, which ultimately secured a judicial finding that BP acted with gross negligence in causing the oil spill. Served on the Medical Benefits Settlement team that negotiated a commitment on the part of BP to provide compensation and preventive treatments to Gulf Coast shoreline residents and to workers involved in the spill cleanup. Member of the appeals team that successfully defended the economic portion of the BP settlement all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Burdick v. Tonoga, Incorporated (doing business as Taconic), Case No. 253835, (Rensselaer County Supreme Court). Appointed class counsel in the Petersburgh, New York, PFOA case, successfully defending the class on appeal.
  • Baker v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, Case No. 16-cv-917,
    (N.D.N.Y.). Appointed Interim class counsel in the Hoosick Falls, New York, PFOA case. Obtained precedential decision from the Second Circuit recognizing the right to seek medical monitoring under New York law.
  • Fero v. Excellus Health Plan, Incorporated, Case No. 6:15-cv-6569, (W.D.N.Y.). Appointed Co-lead class counsel in the Excellus Health Plan data breach case. Obtained the second-ever decision certifying a data breach class.

*Prior results do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome in any future matter.

Awards

*No aspect of the advertisements below has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. A description of the standard or methodology for each honor, award, or accolade listed below can be found here.

  • Award

    New York Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2014-2021

    Jacksy was selected to the New York Super Lawyers – Rising Stars list from 2014 through 2021.

    The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. The Super Lawyers selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Author, “Sentencing Acquitted Conduct to the Post-Booker Dustbin,” 49 William & Mary Law Review 289, 2007

FREE CASE EVALUATION

Since its establishment in 1999, Seeger Weiss has led some of the most complex and high-profile litigations in the U.S.