Phillip Lipari Bio

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Phillip J. Lipari, ESQ.


Phillip J. Lipari assists businesses – from small companies to Fortune 100 corporations – in all aspects of employment law, including by conducting internal investigations, delivering training presentations, providing day-today counseling, and representing companies in litigation. 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. He developed this expertise in his prior role as a Director, Employee Relations, at UBS. 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. 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.

Best Lawyers In America: Ones to Watch 2023
Listed in Super Lawyers® “Rising Star”, Employment & Labor 2020
Listed in Super Lawyers® “Rising Star”, Employment Litigation: Defense 2014-2017, 2019-2021

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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 2010-2014


Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.) 2010
Boston College (B.A.) 2007

State of New Jersey
United States District Court – District of New Jersey
State of New York
State of Pennsylvania
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
Workplace Investigations: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Beyond, New York University October 2023
The Wide World of Workplace Investigations: Recent Case Law and Legislative Developments, Association of Workplace Investigators Annual Conference October 2023
A Workplace Investigation, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, In-House Counsel Luncheon, New Jersey/New York May/June 2023
Reducing Implicit Bias and Understanding Privilege Issues in Internal Investigations, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Webinar June 2023
Case Law Review: Lessons for Both Litigators and Workplace Investigators, Webinar, Rutgers State University April 2023
Workplace Investigations, NJSBA Labor & Employment Law Forum March 2023
Understanding and Reducing Implicit Bias in Workplace Investigations, NFC Webinar February 2023
Workplace Investigations: Understanding Micro-Aggressions, Implicit Bias, and the Impact of Long-Term Virtual Workplaces on Employees and Workplace Cultures, NJICLE, Webinar January 2023
Navigating Thorny Obstacles & Ethics in Workplace Investigations, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar June 2022
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
Investigator, Investigation Panel, American Arbitration Association
Co-Chair, Association of Workplace Investigators, Advocacy Committee
Member, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), Compliance & Government Investigations Practice Area Committee

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