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Catherine I. R. Pontoriero, ESQ.

Of Counsel

Catherine I. R. Pontoriero has extensive experience representing management in all aspects of employment law.  Catherine’s practice focuses on counseling clients on a broad spectrum of employment issues, including hiring, performance management, terminations and separation agreements, employment policies and handbooks, changes in employment laws, leaves of absence, accommodations, and discrimination and harassment.  Additionally, she conducts internal investigations of employee claims and advises clients on best practices relating to workplace investigations.  Catherine is pragmatic and solution-oriented and regularly collaborates with clients to find creative solutions to employment issues.

Catherine relies on her background in employment litigation in counseling clients.  Catherine has represented financial services, pharmaceutical, media, and higher education clients in labor and employment matters before federal and state courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  Some of her representative cases have involved causes of action under the Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, as well as breach of employment contracts and non-competition clauses, and trade secret matters.  She also has traditional labor law experience and defended an unfair labor dispute before the National Labor Relations Board and an arbitration based on a grievance arising from the collective bargaining agreement.

Catherine was a law clerk to The Honorable Joel A. Pisano, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, and The Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, Jr. of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.  She graduated from Georgetown University and Seton Hall University School of Law and proudly serves as a member of her Georgetown Class Committee and on the Seton Hall Law Alumni Council.  Catherine was recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers and speaks Italian.


New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Employment & Labor Law 2016-2018

The Super Lawyers® list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Professional Experience
Proskauer Rose LLP, Newark, New Jersey
Associate July 2015 - January 2019
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, Morristown, New Jersey
Associate September 2011 - August 2012
Associate September 2013 - June 2015
Professional Activities
Seton Hall University School of Law Alumni Council
Georgetown University Class of 2007 Class Committee
New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
Judicial Clerkships
The Honorable Joel A. Pisano, United States District Court, District of New Jersey 2012 - 2013
The Honorable Clarkson S. Fisher, Jr., Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division 2010 - 2011


Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctor 2010
Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts 2007

State of New Jersey
United States District Court – District of New Jersey
State of New York
United States District Court – Southern District of New York
United States District Court – Eastern District of New York
Co-authored “2015 Year in Review – Top 10 Trends in New Jersey Employment Law”, Proskauer Blog, https://www.lawandtheworkplace.com/2016/01/2015-year-in-review-the-top-10-trends-in-new-jersey-employment-law/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign= Feed%3A+LawAndTheWorkplace+%28Law+and+the+Workplace%29 2016
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