Holly English Bio


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Holly English, ESQ.

Of Counsel & DEI Committee Member

Holly English is a seasoned practitioner with the Firm’s Counseling Department. She has counseled hundreds of clients through complex counseling issues to reach desired results while keeping legal risks low. Holly has counseled 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.

Holly provides 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. Holly also conducts internal investigations for sensitive issues of workplace misconduct. In her employment law career, Holly 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.

She 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. Holly is a Past President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL, 2007-08). Previously, as a consultant, she 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.

Selected as a WPO Women 2 Watch member 2019
Listed in Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor 2009-2020, 2022
“Top 100”, New Jersey Super Lawyers® 2013-2018
“Top 50 Women”, New Jersey Super Lawyers® 2012-2018, 2020
Listed in Chambers USA Guide, Labor & Employment 2012- Current
Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (“WILL”) Award, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association 2010

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Professional Experience
Post, Polak, Goodsell, MacNeill & Strauchler, P.A., Roseland, NJ Of Counsel 2004-2011
Values Consultant/Business Writer, Montclair, NJ 1999-2004
St. James Ethics Centre, Sydney, Australia, Values and Ethics Consultant to corporations and government units 1996-1999
Cooper, Rose & English, Summit, NJ, Associate Attorney 1990-1996
Connecticut Law Tribune, Stamford, CT, Executive Editor/Reporter 1985-1988
Professional Activities
Board Member, NAWL Foundation 2010-Present
President, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) 2007-2008
Board Member, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) 2004-2011
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)
Bencher, Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court
Quotes & Interviews
Interviewed for CBS Evening News program on pregnancy discrimination issues 2006
New Jersey Monthly: Interview with Steve Adubato, “One on One,” on Comcast television 2005
Chicago Lawyer, quoted in “Gender Gap in Salaries Starts Right After Law School,” by Jamie Levy Pessin 2005
ABA Journal, quoted in “Redefining Relationships: You don’t have to lose your Associate friends when you make Partner,” by Jenny B. Davis 2003


Boston College Law School J.D., 1983
Cornell University A.B. 1978

State of New Jersey
United States District Court – District of New Jersey
State of Connecticut
State of Massachusetts
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
“The People Issue: Six Tips for Managing a Merger,” BC Law Spring/Summer 2003
“Instead of Layoffs, Try Flexible Work Arrangements,” New Jersey Law Journal February 17, 2002
“The Pros and Cons of Private Practice,” New Jersey Law Journal May 20, 2002
“Managing Culture Shock,” Law Practice Management (publication of ABA Practice Management section) May-June 2001
“Who’s Minding the Future,” co-authored with Douglas Cohen, Executive Excellence January 2001
“How Strong Core Values Can Make Your Organization More Successful,” Front & Center (publication for the Center for Non-Profit Corporations) June/July 2000
“Hiring for Values,” Executive Excellence May 2000
“Fostering Candid Communication in the Corkplace,” Texas Lawyer March 20, 2000
Speaking Engagements
Linking Diversity Goals to Compensation, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar
COVID Return to Work - Timely & Relevant Issues That Every Employer Should Prepare For, Nukk Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2021
Next Level DEIB: Strategies from the Top Down & Bottom Up, NAMWOLF Annual Conference October 2021
What to do NOW to Get Ready For Employees Returning to Work, Panelist on Redefining the 9 to 5, moderated by The Upside April 2020
Battling the Bully: My Way or the Highway, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2019
Essential Tactics to Combat Unconscious Bias, NJHA April 2019
Legislative Updates and Employment Law Trends for 2019, NJSBA Business Law Symposium April 2019
Legislative Updates and Employment Law Trends for 2019, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar February 2019
Hot Topics Overview of 2018, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law November 2018
How Risky is Your Business? Rating Your Company’s "Risk Factors" in a #MeToo World, NAMWOLF Webinar June 2018
Building Emotional Intelligence with Good Communication, Presented to UPS Legal Department February 2018
Sexual Harassment Complaints are Surging: What’s a Good Employer to Do?, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar January 2018
Effective Internal Investigations, Presented to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ Legal Department November 2017
Employee Leave 101: A Primer on the FMLA, ADA and NYPFL, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law November 2017
Making Lemonade Out of Lemons – Turning to ADR to Resolve Employment Disputes, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, First Annual CLE Day, The Newark Club January 2017
Learn How to Revamp your Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Training Programs for Increased Business Success, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Round Table November 2016
Learn How to Revamp your Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Training Programs for Increased Business Success Combatting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, Presented to Bank of America Legal Department June 2016
Combatting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, Presented to TIAA April 2016
Essential Tactics to Combat Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, Presented to Novartis Human Resources Counsel Network November 2015
Background Checks: Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply, Presented to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey February 2015
Surviving the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA), Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Round Table November 2014
Moderator, NAWL Supreme Court Advocacy Panel (featuring all five female current and former NJ Supreme Court justices) March 2011
Panelist, Tenth Anniversary Conference on Women and the Practice of Law for DuPont, Wilmington, DE May 2010
Moderator, CLE presentation on Women’s Initiatives, Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, MN June 2010
Presentation on networking, keynote luncheon speaker, Committee on Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar of American Bar Association, Orlando, FL February 2009
Keynote luncheon speaker, ALFA International legal network, Women’s initiative program, Washington, D.C. October 2008
Workshop for Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C., Women’s Initiative Network, Morristown, NJ August 2008
Speaker at meeting of Gender Equity Council at the New Jersey Bar Association Law Center June 2007
Women in Professional Service Firms: Retaining & Advancing a Diverse Team, Ark Conference, Member of panel, Orlando, Florida December 2006
Montclair Art Museum, Board of Trustees, Montclair, NJ 2012-Present
Member, Board of the New Jersey Women’s Forum 2009-Present
Member, President’s Council of Cornell Women
Newark Regional Business Partnership 2011
Zoning Board of Adjustment, Board Member, Montclair, NJ 2004-2011
Jazz House Kids, Legal Counsel, Montclair, NJ
Essex Youth Theater, Board Member and President, Montclair, NJ 1994-1996
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