Kris Ryan Bio

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Kristine V. Ryan, ESQ.

Senior Counsel & DEI Committee Member

Ms. Ryan joined Nukk-Freeman & Cerra in 2007, bringing extensive experience litigating complex matters in state and federal court both in and outside the tri-state area. Through her prior firm, Ms. Ryan was seconded to a large pharmaceutical company, providing in-house assistance on a variety of transactional and litigation matters. She has experience negotiating and drafting a variety of contractual arrangements, including clinical trial agreements, and providing assistance with respect to employment, product liability, and environmental litigation matters. At Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, Ms. Ryan’s practice focuses on employment litigation, where she develops and executes litigation strategies with respect to employment claims arising under state and federal law. Ms. Ryan represents management exclusively on matters including, but not limited to, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, FMLA and wage and hour issues. Ms. Ryan also has experience before administrative agencies (including state and federal EEO agencies and the DOL).

Listed in Super Lawyers®, Employment and Labor 2013-2019, 2022
Listed in Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star”, Personal Injury Defense: Products 2007
Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association “Rising Star” 2003

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Professional Experience
Gibbons P.C., Newark, New Jersey Of Counsel 2006-2007
Gibbons P.C., Newark, New Jersey Associate
Judicial Clerkships
Honorable Alfred J. Lechner United States District Court, District of New Jersey 1996-1997


Seton Hall University School of Law J.D., magna cum laude Director, Moot Court Board 1996
Villanova University B.A., English, cum laude Minor in Business 1991

State of New Jersey
United States District Court – District of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
“Third Circuit Holds that Good Faith Bargaining Requires Production of Presumptively Relevant Information, Not a Concession to Overbroad Requests”, L&E Blog, October 2, 2020
“Oh Snap! The District Court of New Jersey Determines Post Removal Service of Non-Diverse Defendant Does Not Divest Subject Matter Jurisdiction”, L&E Blog, August 18, 2020
“State Mandated Paid Family Leave Is On the Rise”, NAMWOLF Newsletter January 2017
“The FDA’s Enhanced Post-Marketing Safety Surveillance Authority Under The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Amendments Act of 2007: A Litigation Sword or Shield?”, Pharma Advisor, co-authored by Diane E. Lifton October 9, 2007
“Respond to New Mass Tort Litigation With a Global Strategy”, New Jersey Law Journal, co-authored by Diane E. Lifton January 29, 2001
Speaking Engagements
“Avoiding Employment Litigation in 2020…an overview of the most significant judicial decisions and legislative updates in NJ and NY”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Webinar February 2020

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