Ryan Carlson Bio


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Ryan S. Carlson, ESQ.


Ryan S. Carlson focuses his practice on representing management in employment litigation matters in federal and state courts through trial with an emphasis in defending claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, whistle-blowing, and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.  Ryan also defends clients in administrative proceedings before the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the Department of Labor, and various state agencies in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  In addition to his litigation practice, Ryan also represents management in traditional labor matters, including grievance hearings, arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission. Ryan also negotiates collective bargaining agreements, and counsels employers regularly regarding compliance issues and litigation avoidance, as well as the preparation of handbooks, arbitration agreements, separation agreements and policy drafting.

Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016 - 2022

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Professional Experience
Jackson Lewis P.C. 2015-2016
Giordano Halleran & Ciesla, P.C., Red Bank, NJ 2012-2015
Mets Schiro & McGovern, LLP, Iselin, NJ 2010-2012


Delaware Law School, Widener University J.D., Magna Cum Laude Widener Law Review Program of International and Comparative Law, Sydney, Australia 2010
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey B.A., High Honors 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 Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
United States District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court - Middle District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court - Northern District of New York
"New Jersey Appellate Court holds that Failing to Identify The Proper Arbitration Forum in an Arbitration Agreement Does Not Put Employers in a JAM(S) as to its Enforcement", The L&E Blog, www.nfcmarch24stg.wpenginepowered.com/blog April 2021
Co-Author, “Anticipating and preparing for COVID-19-related employment litigation:, Thomas Reuters, Westlaw Practitioner Insights webpage July 2020
Equal Pay for Equal Play: U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team’s Fight for Equal Pay Parallels Equal Pay Initiatives Across the Country, National Association for Minority and Women Owned Law Firms Newsletter May 2016
Speaking Engagements
How to Structure DEI Programs After Recent Supreme Court Decisions, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, In-House Counsel Roundtable May 2024
2023 Most Impactful L&E Updates, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2023
Non-Profit Panel, Executives Association of New Jersey, Moderator June 2023
Navigating Pay Transparency and Pay Equity, Webinar, Imperial Advisory June 2023
New Jersey Employer Relations Association (NJLERA), Panel Presenter: Discussion on the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Claims Act March 2022
"Defending Lawsuits by Pro Se Plaintiffs", Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar October 2021
“Top 10 Employment Policies Every New Jersey Business Should Have”, Executives Association of New Jersey (EANJ) September 2021
“Anticipating & Preparing for COVID-19 Employment Litigation”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2020
“Anticipating & Preparing for COVID-19 Employment Litigation”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC Webinar May 2020
COVID-19 Employment Litigation NFC Webinar May 2020
“Discussions by Domain” podcast – an interactive session focused on critical information relating to COVID-19 and its impact on employment law April 2020
“Avoiding Employment Litigation in 2020…an overview of the most significant judicial decisions and legislative updates in NJ and NY”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar February 2020
“Overview of Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2019
“New Jersey Employment Law Update” CEO Network November 2019
“Hot Topics in Employment Law” Executives Association of New Jersey September 2019
Barrister, John C. Lifland Inn of Court 2015-2020
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association
Member, Labor and Employment Section, New Jersey Bar Association
Board of Trustees, Executives Association of New Jersey
Board of Trustees, The Community Health Law Project
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