Holly English is a seasoned practitioner who is the co-head of the Firm’s Counseling Department. She has counseled hundreds of clients through complex counseling issues to reach desired results while keeping legal risks low. In that capacity, she regularly counsels management on issues such as hiring, wage and hour, leaves of absence, severance and employment contracts, disability and accommodation, restrictive covenants, termination, and employee handbooks and policies.
A major part of her practice is to provide training and facilitation to managers, employees, human resources professionals and others on a variety of ever-expanding topics, including anti-harassment/antidiscrimination, unconscious bias, prevention of bullying, effective communication techniques, upstander approaches, disability issues, effective performance management and many other customized training programs depending on a client’s priorities. She has designed training materials and innovated her training techniques to provide lively and interactive sessions that not only provide important information but also keep audiences interested and focused. Ms. English also conducts internal investigations for sensitive issues of workplace misconduct. In her employment law career, Ms. English has also represented management in disputes with federal and state administrative agencies relating to discrimination and wage-and-hour issues, and defending companies in discrimination lawsuits in federal and state courts.
Ms. English is the author of Gender on Trial: Sexual Stereotypes and Work/Life Balance in the Legal Workplace, published in 2003 by Law Journal Press, a division of American Lawyer Media. She is a Past President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL, 2007-08). Previously, as a consultant, Ms. English worked in the U.S. and internationally with corporations, government units and not-for-profit organizations, helping to align core values for maximum performance. Most recently she has enjoyed being a member of the board of the Montclair Art Museum, in Montclair, NJ, where she resides.