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Phillip J. Lipari, ESQ.

Partner

Phillip J. Lipari assists businesses – from small companies to Fortune 50 corporations – in all aspects of employment law, including investigations, litigation, counseling, and employee training.

Phill is a leader in the Firm’s investigations practice, having significant experience acting as an investigator into employee complaints in the areas of discrimination, harassment, bullying, whistleblowing, and compliance. Phill developed this expertise in his prior role as a Director, Employee Relations, at UBS AG. Phill then brought those skills to NFC, where he continues to regularly assist companies as a neutral outside investigator.

Phill also routinely advises clients across many industries regarding various topics, such as employee contracts, policies, leave, onboarding, discipline, and performance management. (More recently, Phill has spent considerable time counseling on COVID-19 issues, such as FFCRA, state COVID restrictions, and return-to-work best practices.) Phill also assists companies around the nation by delivering dynamic and interactive training sessions regarding discrimination, harassment, implicit bias, and human resources best practices.

In litigation, Phill has successfully represented clients before federal and state courts, arbitration panels, and administrative agencies in a wide-array of employment law issues, including discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage and hour, restrictive covenant, and benefits/leave actions under federal employment statutes and their state analogs.

Listed in Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star”, Employment & Labor 2020
Listed in Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star”, Employment Litigation: Defense 2014-2017
2019

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
UBS AG, Director, Employee Relations, Weehawken, New Jersey & New York, New York 2017-2018
Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C., Counsel, Chatham, New Jersey 2015-2017
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, Associate, Princeton, New Jersey 2010-2015

 

Seton Hall University School of Law J.D., cum laude Associate Comments Editor, Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law 2010
Boston College B.A., magna cum laude 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
United States District Court - Western District of New York
Speaking Engagements
"Attack Proof Tips to Avoid Litigation in Workplace Investigations", Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2021
"The Investigation Aftermath: How Workplace Investigations Are Used in Litigation and Tips to Make Investigations Attack Proof", Association of Workplace Investigators' 2021 Annual Conference October 2021
"Becoming Aware of How Implicit Bias and Micro-Aggressions Impact Investigations", NJICLE/NJSBA Workplace Investigations CLE September 2021
"Attack Proof Investigations", 19th Annual Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey CLE Conference September 2021
"Top 5 Tips for Effective REMOTE Workplace Investigations", Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar May 2021
“Breaking the Age Barrier: Combatting Biases in a Multi-Generational Workforce”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, New York Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE Program July 2020
“Battling the Bully: My Way or the Highway”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2019
Legislative & Strategic Trends in the Aftermath of the ‘Me Too’ Movement, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, Panel Presentation November 2018
“Headline News: The Permissibility and Best practices Respecting Mandatory Arbitration Agreements”, NAMWOLF Labor and Employment Practice Area Committee CLE, presented at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Business Meeting February 2017
Awards & Honors
Listed in Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star”, Employment & Labor 2020
Listed in Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star”, Employment Litigation: Defense 2014-2017
2019

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
UBS AG, Director, Employee Relations, Weehawken, New Jersey & New York, New York 2017-2018
Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C., Counsel, Chatham, New Jersey 2015-2017
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, Associate, Princeton, New Jersey 2010-2015
Law Education
Seton Hall University School of Law J.D., cum laude Associate Comments Editor, Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law 2010
Undergraduate Education
Boston College B.A., magna cum laude 2007
Bar Admissions
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
United States District Court - Western District of New York
Speaking Engagements
"Attack Proof Tips to Avoid Litigation in Workplace Investigations", Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2021
"The Investigation Aftermath: How Workplace Investigations Are Used in Litigation and Tips to Make Investigations Attack Proof", Association of Workplace Investigators' 2021 Annual Conference October 2021
"Becoming Aware of How Implicit Bias and Micro-Aggressions Impact Investigations", NJICLE/NJSBA Workplace Investigations CLE September 2021
"Attack Proof Investigations", 19th Annual Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey CLE Conference September 2021
"Top 5 Tips for Effective REMOTE Workplace Investigations", Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar May 2021
“Breaking the Age Barrier: Combatting Biases in a Multi-Generational Workforce”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, New York Academy of Trial Lawyers CLE Program July 2020
“Battling the Bully: My Way or the Highway”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2019
Legislative & Strategic Trends in the Aftermath of the ‘Me Too’ Movement, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, Panel Presentation November 2018
“Headline News: The Permissibility and Best practices Respecting Mandatory Arbitration Agreements”, NAMWOLF Labor and Employment Practice Area Committee CLE, presented at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Business Meeting February 2017

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