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Kerrie R. Heslin, ESQ.

Partner

Kerrie R. Heslin has an expertise in employment and labor matters for management. Ms. Heslin devotes a majority of her practice to the litigation of employment matters involving discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower claims, wage and hour and benefits issues on behalf of employers. She handles counseling and litigation involving workforce reductions, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, FLSA HIPAA and NLRA issues. Ms. Heslin also counsels clients on diverse employment issues, such as training, hiring and firing of employees, employment agreements, separation agreements and releases, restrictive covenants, policies and employee handbooks. She litigates matters in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, including state and federal EEO agencies, the DOL, FINRA, OSHA and NLRB.

In addition, Ms. Heslin handles all aspects of labor matters, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, arbitration of grievances, union avoidance training and pension fund withdrawal liability.

Best Lawyers 2022
Selected as a WPO Women 2 Watch member 2019
“Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey”, Super Lawyers 2012-2020
“Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey”, Super Lawyers 2013
2015-2020
Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment Law 2009-2016
Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation Defense 2017
2019-2020
Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor 2018
Named a “Woman of Professional Distinction” by the Executive Women of New Jersey 2010
“Garden State Woman of the Year, Professional Services”, Garden State Woman Magazine 2009

*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
Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Cecchi, Stewart & Olstein, Roseland, NJ Partner 2005-2007
Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Cecchi, Stewart & Olstein, Roseland, NJ Associate 2002-2005
Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Newark, NJ Associate 1997-2002

 

Seton Hall Law School J.D., magna cum laude Survey Editor, Law Review 1995
Syracuse University B.S., Finance/Marketing, magna cum laude 1991

State of New Jersey
United States District Court – District of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
Publications
Co-Author, “Anticipating and preparing for COVID-19-related employment litigation:, Thomas Reuters, Westlaw Practitioner Insights webpage July 2020
“Building Better Contracts” chapter in Breaking Through: Creating Opportunities for America’s Women and Minority-Owned Businesses, Susan Philips Bari. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2013
“Companies May Not Shield Internal Employment Law Assessments from Disclosure with “Self-Critical Analysis Privilege”, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly June 2011
“How Can An Employer Enforce Safety Regulations On Employees Who Wear Religious Attire That Could Pose Hazards?”, New Jersey Monthly April 2009
“Federal Court Rejects FTC Opinion that Employment Investigations by Outside Counsel are Subject to FCRA”, The Job Description, Defense Research Institute Fall 2001
“Restrictive Covenants: Protecting Confidential and Proprietary Information”, BioPharm Magazine February 2000
“Courts Start to Rule on Online Harassment”, The National Law Journal (January 24, 2000) and New Jersey Law Journal June 2000
“Sexual Harassment in Cyberspace: Cases Consider Employer Liability for Employee Use of E-mail, Chat Rooms, Porn Sites”, Employment Law Weekly January 2000
Speaking Engagements
Applying the Brakes on Serial Plaintiffs, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar March 2021
Legal Guidelines for Workplace Re-Entry, Women Presidents’ Educational Organization June 2020
Identifying High Performers to Increase Your Hiring Success, presented to Edward Jones CLE June 2020
COVID-19 Return to Work Checklist, National Association of Professional Organizers – New York May 2020
Anticipating and Preparing for COVID-19 Employment Litigation, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar May 2020
COVID-19 Awareness – Employment Law Q&A #2, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar April 2020
COVID-19 Update, Executives Association of New Jersey April 2020
COVID-19 Awareness – Employment Law Q&A, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar March 2020
Impact of a Pandemic – HR Practices webinar, Women Presidents’ Organization March 2020
Keeping Up With Employment Laws: What Every NY Employer and Employee Need to Know, Rockland Business Women’s Network January 2020
Employment Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions: Maximizing Value & Minimizing Risk, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar January 2020
“Overview of the Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2019
Staying Power: Retaining Diverse and Female Attorneys, New Jersey Defense Association November 2019
Hot Topics in Employment Law, Executives Association of New Jersey September 2019
Hot Topics in Employment Law, WPO Monmouth County September 2019
Social Media: New Developments & Persisting Risks for Employers webinar, International Executives Association June 2019
Clearing the Haze: What Does Weed in the Workplace Mean to Employers?, The Hershey Company Legal and Human Resources Department April 2019
New York Employment Law Changes, WPO NY 3 March 2019
Why and How to Hire an Attorney for Your Business, WPEO Sage Advice Program February 2019
Preventing Scandals – Zero Tolerance for Zero EQ in the Legal Practice and at Trial, NAMWOLF Driving Diversity & Leadership Conference February 2019
Hot Topics in Employment Law, Vistage January 2019
Tackling Pay Equity, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, In-House Counsel Seminar October 2018
NJ Pay Equity Law: Everything You Need To Know About Conducting a Pay Equity Audit, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar June 2018
Managing Communications When Faced with a Harassment Claim, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar April 2018
Overview of the Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates of 2017, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2017
Social Media: New Developments & Persisting Risks for Employers, Presented to State Farm Insurance Legal Team on behalf of NAMWOLF, Bloomindale, IL October 2017
OMG, There is evidence in my pocket!?, presented at NAMWOLF Annual Conference September 2017
Social Media in the Workplace and the Courtroom, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar May 2017
Planning for Litigation Pitfalls, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar April 2017
5 Game Changing Employment Law Challenges for 2017, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar February 2017
Restrictive Covenants that Will Hold Up in Court, presented to Katsy Korins LLC January 2017
EEO Update, presented at Employment Law Roundtable for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education December 2016
Overview of the Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates of 2016, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Breakfast Seminar November 2016
Social Media Developments and Risks Facing Employers, presented to Walmart October 2016
The Great Debate: Managing Electoral Politics in the Workplace, presented at NAMWOLF Annual Conference September 2016
Challenges Facing Telecom Employers, presented to T-Mobile September 2016
Essential Tactics to Combat Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, presented to Panasonic Corporation of North America February 2016
Community Food Bank of New Jersey Bergen
Volunteers, All Wrapped Up
Light the Night Walk for Cancer
WHEELS NYC Mentor Program for High School Students
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Awards & Honors
Best Lawyers 2022
Selected as a WPO Women 2 Watch member 2019
“Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey”, Super Lawyers 2012-2020
“Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey”, Super Lawyers 2013
2015-2020
Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment Law 2009-2016
Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation Defense 2017
2019-2020
Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor 2018
Named a “Woman of Professional Distinction” by the Executive Women of New Jersey 2010
“Garden State Woman of the Year, Professional Services”, Garden State Woman Magazine 2009

*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
Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Cecchi, Stewart & Olstein, Roseland, NJ Partner 2005-2007
Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Cecchi, Stewart & Olstein, Roseland, NJ Associate 2002-2005
Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Newark, NJ Associate 1997-2002
Law Education
Seton Hall Law School J.D., magna cum laude Survey Editor, Law Review 1995
Undergraduate Education
Syracuse University B.S., Finance/Marketing, magna cum laude 1991
Bar Admissions
State of New Jersey
United States District Court – District of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
Publications
Co-Author, “Anticipating and preparing for COVID-19-related employment litigation:, Thomas Reuters, Westlaw Practitioner Insights webpage July 2020
“Building Better Contracts” chapter in Breaking Through: Creating Opportunities for America’s Women and Minority-Owned Businesses, Susan Philips Bari. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2013
“Companies May Not Shield Internal Employment Law Assessments from Disclosure with “Self-Critical Analysis Privilege”, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly June 2011
“How Can An Employer Enforce Safety Regulations On Employees Who Wear Religious Attire That Could Pose Hazards?”, New Jersey Monthly April 2009
“Federal Court Rejects FTC Opinion that Employment Investigations by Outside Counsel are Subject to FCRA”, The Job Description, Defense Research Institute Fall 2001
“Restrictive Covenants: Protecting Confidential and Proprietary Information”, BioPharm Magazine February 2000
“Courts Start to Rule on Online Harassment”, The National Law Journal (January 24, 2000) and New Jersey Law Journal June 2000
“Sexual Harassment in Cyberspace: Cases Consider Employer Liability for Employee Use of E-mail, Chat Rooms, Porn Sites”, Employment Law Weekly January 2000
Speaking Engagements
Applying the Brakes on Serial Plaintiffs, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar March 2021
Legal Guidelines for Workplace Re-Entry, Women Presidents’ Educational Organization June 2020
Identifying High Performers to Increase Your Hiring Success, presented to Edward Jones CLE June 2020
COVID-19 Return to Work Checklist, National Association of Professional Organizers – New York May 2020
Anticipating and Preparing for COVID-19 Employment Litigation, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar May 2020
COVID-19 Awareness – Employment Law Q&A #2, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar April 2020
COVID-19 Update, Executives Association of New Jersey April 2020
COVID-19 Awareness – Employment Law Q&A, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar March 2020
Impact of a Pandemic – HR Practices webinar, Women Presidents’ Organization March 2020
Keeping Up With Employment Laws: What Every NY Employer and Employee Need to Know, Rockland Business Women’s Network January 2020
Employment Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions: Maximizing Value & Minimizing Risk, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar January 2020
“Overview of the Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2019
Staying Power: Retaining Diverse and Female Attorneys, New Jersey Defense Association November 2019
Hot Topics in Employment Law, Executives Association of New Jersey September 2019
Hot Topics in Employment Law, WPO Monmouth County September 2019
Social Media: New Developments & Persisting Risks for Employers webinar, International Executives Association June 2019
Clearing the Haze: What Does Weed in the Workplace Mean to Employers?, The Hershey Company Legal and Human Resources Department April 2019
New York Employment Law Changes, WPO NY 3 March 2019
Why and How to Hire an Attorney for Your Business, WPEO Sage Advice Program February 2019
Preventing Scandals – Zero Tolerance for Zero EQ in the Legal Practice and at Trial, NAMWOLF Driving Diversity & Leadership Conference February 2019
Hot Topics in Employment Law, Vistage January 2019
Tackling Pay Equity, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, In-House Counsel Seminar October 2018
NJ Pay Equity Law: Everything You Need To Know About Conducting a Pay Equity Audit, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar June 2018
Managing Communications When Faced with a Harassment Claim, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar April 2018
Overview of the Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates of 2017, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2017
Social Media: New Developments & Persisting Risks for Employers, Presented to State Farm Insurance Legal Team on behalf of NAMWOLF, Bloomindale, IL October 2017
OMG, There is evidence in my pocket!?, presented at NAMWOLF Annual Conference September 2017
Social Media in the Workplace and the Courtroom, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar May 2017
Planning for Litigation Pitfalls, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar April 2017
5 Game Changing Employment Law Challenges for 2017, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar February 2017
Restrictive Covenants that Will Hold Up in Court, presented to Katsy Korins LLC January 2017
EEO Update, presented at Employment Law Roundtable for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education December 2016
Overview of the Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates of 2016, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Breakfast Seminar November 2016
Social Media Developments and Risks Facing Employers, presented to Walmart October 2016
The Great Debate: Managing Electoral Politics in the Workplace, presented at NAMWOLF Annual Conference September 2016
Challenges Facing Telecom Employers, presented to T-Mobile September 2016
Essential Tactics to Combat Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, presented to Panasonic Corporation of North America February 2016
Community Food Bank of New Jersey Bergen
Volunteers, All Wrapped Up
Light the Night Walk for Cancer
WHEELS NYC Mentor Program for High School Students
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

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