Caroline J. Berdzik: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Caroline J. Berdzik

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Princeton,  NJ  U.S.A.
Phone609.986.1314

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Health Care
  • Risk and Litigation Avoidance Strategies
  • Cyber Risk and Social Media
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 609.986.1314
Fax: 609.986.1301
http://www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/caroline-j-berdzik
 
University Drew University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1996
 
Law SchoolRutgers School of Law-Camden, J.D., 1999
 
Admitted1999, New Jersey; 2000, New York; Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of New York; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
 
LanguagesFrench
 
BornBrooklyn, New York, December 4, 1973
 
Biography

Caroline Berdzik, Chair of the firm's Employment and Labor and Health Care Practice Groups, focuses her practice on representing corporate clients in varied industries such as health care, retail, construction, insurance, finance, trucking, and nonprofit organizations and religious institutions in employment law issues, from counseling through trial. She routinely provides strategic business advice to employers on critical human resource issues that arise out of the employment relationship from hiring to termination, with an emphasis on preventing future disputes and minimizing risk. Caroline defends self-insured and insured companies in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, family medical leave, whistleblower, and wage/hour actions in federal and state courts and alternative dispute resolution forums. She also routinely advises businesses in the critical area of drafting and enforcement of restrictive covenants. She is cognizant of the challenges companies face on a daily basis navigating their way through complex employment regulations, and provides practical in-house training on a multitude of human resources topics for employers and insurance companies.

Caroline also has experience handling Title III ADA accessibility compliance and litigation for financial institutions, shopping centers, medical providers, retailers, and other places of public accommodation.

In addition, her in-depth knowledge in the field of long-term care is frequently called upon by clients and industry insiders. She is a prolific speaker in the areas of employment law, social media, health care, and litigation management in the senior care industry. She often defends skilled nursing facilities and related entities in professional liability claims and provides risk management solutions to mitigate against future claims.

Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Caroline was the assistant general counsel for New Jersey's largest privately held long-term care company for several years. Some of her duties included successfully managing a diverse portfolio of litigation cases in the areas of professional and general liability, employment, and commercial law. In this role, she was responsible for supervising legal counsel nationwide, establishing risk management strategies, and reducing legal spend.

In 2008, Caroline was named one of New Jersey Law Journal's "40 Under 40." Likewise, in 2005, she was named one of The Trentonian's "Top 20 Under 40" in recognition of her extensive community service. Caroline was honored by her peers and named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list in 2014 and the New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in New Jersey Monthly in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2013.

Honors
• Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
New Jersey Law Journal 40 Under 40, 2008
The Trentonian Movers and Shakers Top 20 Under 40, 2005
New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2006-2009, 2013 (Employment Litigation Defense)
New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2014 (Employment Litigation Defense)

Professional Affiliations
• American Health Lawyers Association: Member, Speaker
• Defense Research Institute: Nursing Home/ALF and Employment/Labor Committees
• Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and ACC New Jersey Chapter: Former Member

Community Involvement
• Capitol County Children's Collaborative: Board Member, 2012-present
• East Windsor Zoning Board of Adjustment: Member, 2003-present
• Drew University College Alumni Association: Board Member, 2003-2006, 2013-present; Class Agent, 2014-present

Publications
• Quoted in "U.S. Regulators Increase Scrutiny of Severance Pacts," The Wall Street Journal, November 5, 2014
• Author, "Important Considerations of Social Media Use for Long-Term Care Providers," Defense Research Institute Medlaw Update, October 16, 2014
• Quoted in "Self-funded Plans and TPAs Affected by Top Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling," Thompson Information Services Smart HR Manager/HR Compliance Expert, July 2014
• Co-Author, "Reduce E&O With EPL," National Underwriter Property & Casualty, June 2014
• Quoted in "Making Centers Lawsuit-Proof," Shopping Centers Today, April 2014
• Author, "Pa. Levels Playing Field For Health Provider Compliance," Law360, March 24, 2014
• Quoted in "Lehigh Valley, Northwest New Jersey Businesses Targeted by Flurry of Discrimination Lawsuits," Express-Times, March 10, 2014
• Quoted in "Are Nursing Homes' High-Need Residents at High Risk?" The Columbus Dispatch, January 26, 2014
• Featured in "Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Goldberg Segalla's Caroline Berdzik," Law360, January 23, 2014
• Co-Author, "Danger From Within? Sex Offenders in Long-Term Care Facilities," For the Defense, Defense Research Institute, August 2013
• Quoted in "Panasonic Suit Offers Cautionary Tale for Succession Planning," NJ Biz, July 29, 2013
• Quoted in "Bullying Can Affect Elderly, Too," News Transcript, July 10, 2013
• Author, "The Challenges of Hiring or Housing Registered Sex Offenders," Long-Term Living, June 14, 2013
• Author, "Piercing the Corporate Veil: Strategies to Reduce Corporate Negligence Claims in LTC Lawsuits," Long-Term Living, November 16, 2012
• Quoted in "What President Obama's Re-Election Means for the Future of Long-Term Care," Long-Term Living, November 7, 2012
• Co-Author, chapter of Employment Litigation in New Jersey (Matthew Bender), 2005

Presentations
• Presenter, "Labor and Employment Litigation: Are You On a Level Playing Field or Fighting an Uphill Battle?" Consero Corporate Litigation Forum, Miami, FL, October 5-7, 2014
• Presenter, "Tactics for Moving EPL Litigation to Early Resolution," Ninth Annual National Employment Practices Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, Mohegan Sun Resort, CT, September 30-October 1, 2014
• Presenter, "Navigating the Murky Waters: Ethically Managing Social Media for Long-Term Care Providers," Defense Research Institute Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, Chicago, IL, September 19, 2014
• Co-Presenter, "FMLA and ADA Interaction/Increased Claims and Continued Guidance on the Amended Americans With Disabilities Act and its Impact in the EPLI Realm: The Definition of a Disability, What Constitutes a 'Reasonable Accommodation' and Minimizing Exposure to Disability Discrimination Claims," 21st National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Chicago, IL, June 23, 2014
• Moderator/Presenter, "Workplace Investigations in New Jersey," presented by Lorman Education Services, Mount Laurel, NJ, February 28, 2014
• Presenter, "Proper Social Media Conduct/Social Media Policies," NBI Seminar: Ethics and Social Media - What Attorneys Need to Know, Toms River, NJ, December 19, 2013
• Presenter, "Strategies for Navigating the Murky Social Media Waters," WESFACCA Annual Ethics CLE, New Castle, NY, October 24, 2013
• Faculty, "Keeping an Eye on the Moving Pieces: The Evolving Landscape of Employment Litigation," 2013 Corporate Litigation Forum, Houston, TX, October 6-8, 2013
• Panelist, "Ethical Issues in Attorney Fee-Shifting: A Panel Discussion," presented by the New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association's Legal Affairs Committee, Trenton, NJ, July 26, 2013
• Presenter, "Overview of Relevant Labor and Employment Regulations," American Conference Institute - Long Term Care Regulatory Boot Camp, Chicago, IL, July 23-24, 2013
• Presenter, "Providing Resident Centered Care While Avoiding Risks and Liability in Assisted Living," American Health Lawyers Association - Long Term Care and Health Law, Austin, TX, February 25-27, 2013
• Presenter, "Third Annual Forum on Preventing and Defending Long Term Care Litigation," American Conference Institute, Miami, FL, January 23-24, 2013
• Presenter, "Avoiding Employment Litigation in a Heightened Regulatory Environment," Consero Corporate Litigation Forum, San Antonio, TX, November 11-13, 2012
• Presenter, "Long Term Care and ALF Litigation, Piercing the Corporate Veil," Defense Research Institute, Las Vegas, NV, September 20-21, 2012
• Presenter, "Overview of Relevant Labor and Employment Regulations," American Conference Institute Long Term Care Regulatory Bootcamp, Chicago, IL, July 25-27, 2012
• Presenter, "Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Use of Social Media in the Long Term Care Industry," American Health Lawyers Association, Long Term Care Conference, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ, February 27-29, 2012
• Presenter, "In House Think Tank Session II: Proactively Preventing Costly Litigation and Strengthening the Provider Defense," American Conference Institute - Preventing and Defending Long Term Care Litigation, Miami, FL, January 31-February 1, 2012,
• Presenter, "Tipping the Scales in Your Favor," The Conference 2012 - Basics for the Future: Care One and Health Bridge, Risk Management, East Rutherford, NJ, December 6-8, 2011
• Presenter, Ford and Harrison Employment Law Seminar - Ethics Presentation, New Jersey, December 1, 2011
• Presenter, "Wage and Hour Issues," McCarter and English Employment Law Conference, Newark, NJ, November 16, 2011
• Presenter, "Social Media - Streamlining Relationships with Outside Counsel," Magna Legal Services, Atlantic City, NJ, November 9-10, 2011
• Presenter, "We Have Issues - Streamlining Relationships with Outside Counsel," Magna Legal Services, Naples FL, May 18-19, 2011
• Presenter, "Eliminating and Minimizing Exposure Pre Litigation," American Conference Institute - Preventing and Defending Long Term Care Litigation, MIami, FL, April 4-5, 2011
• Presenter, "The Law Department and Compliance Function After Health Care Reform: Best Practices for Long Term Care Providers," American Health Lawyers Association, Long Term Care Conference, San Diego, CA, February 21-23, 2011
• Presenter, "Pillar of Excellence: People," The Conference - Care One and Health Bridge, East Rutherford, NJ, January 18-19, 2011
• Presenter, "Control Yourself: The Importance of Workplace Hotlines in Identifying and Addressing Fraud in the Workplace," NJICLE 2010 Corporate Counsel Institute, Fighting Fraud, New Brunswick, NJ, January 27, 2010
• Presenter, "Update on Legal Issues Affecting Nursing Homes," Society of Licensed Nursing Home Administrators, Union County, NJ, May 21, 2009
• Presenter, "Navigating the Bermuda Triangle of Recent Labor and Employment Issues," New Jersey Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Union County, NJ, January 13, 2009, and February 26, 2009
• Presenter, "Preventing, Investigating and Successfully Defending Against 'Whistleblowing' Claims by Healthcare Employees," Charting Our Course, New Jersey Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Atlantic City, NJ, May 28, 2008
• Presenter, "Cancer in the Workplace," American Cancer Society-Mercer Unit Board of Managers, Hamilton, NewNJ, September 26, 2007
• Presenter, XTreme CLE, "What Every Law Firm Administrator (and Attorney) Should Know About New Jersey Employment Law," East Windsor, NJ, November 2006
• Presenter, "Employee Handbooks: Creating the User Friendly Guide to Improving Your Employee Relations," Local Association of Legal Administrators, Princeton, NJ, May 10, 2006
• Presenter, "Family Medical Leave: Advanced Eligibility Issues and Recent Legislative Developments," Greater Princeton Human Resources Association, Princeton, NJ, March 16, 2006
• Presenter, "Advanced FMLA in New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, East Brunswick, NJ, January 19, 2006
• Presenter, "Ten Issues Facing The Human Resources Professional in the Electronic Age," Lorman Education Services, New Brunswick, NJ, February 17, 2005
• Presenter, "Fair Labor Standards Act in New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, New Brunswick, NJ, November 4, 2004
• Presenter, "Harassment in the Workplace - It's Not Just About Sex," Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Nassau Club, Princeton, NJ, October 20, 2004
• Presenter, "Employment Law from A to Z," Lorman Education Services, Princeton, NJ, July 15, 2004
• Presenter, "The New Domestic Partnership Act," New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, NJ, June 21, 2004
• Presenter, "Internal Investigations of Employment Issues in New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 17, 2003, East Brunswick, NJ, June 10, 2004
• Presenter, "Untying the Knot: Employee Illness, Disability, Family Leave and Workplace Injuries," NJ CAR Annual Meeting and Business Expo 2003, East Brunswick, NJ, October 14, 2003
• Presenter, "ERISA, COBRA & HIPAA: An Overview of the Statutory and Regulatory Framework," Lorman Education Services, New Brunswick, NJ, September 30, 2003
• Presenter, "When an Employee is Affected by Cancer," American Cancer Society, North Brunswick, NJ, September 18, 2003
• Presenter, "Internal Investigations of Employment Issues in New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, New Brunswick, NJ, June 17, 2003
• Presenter, "Human Resource Audits in New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, Somerset, NJ, May 13, 2003
• Presenter, "Family Medical Leave Act in New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, New Brunswick and Parsippany, NJ, April 8, 2003
• Presenter, "State and Federal Personnel Laws in New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, New Brunswick, NJ, March 20-21, 2003
• Presenter, "Common Misconceptions in HR," Lorman Education Services, New Brunswick, NJ, January 30, 2003
• Presenter, "Family Medical Leave Act in New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, New Brunswick and Parsippany, NJ, November 12, 2002
• Presenter, "Strategies For Effective Employee Recordkeeping In New Jersey," Lorman Education Services, Princeton, NJ, August 8, 2002
• Presenter, "Employment Issues in New Jersey," New Jersey Manufactured Housing Association Annual Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, November 2001

Achievements
Goldberg Segalla Named a New Jersey Powerhouse by Law360
June 26, 2014

News
Twenty-Six Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyers
September 2014
Six Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers
May 1, 2013

Publications
Caroline Berdzik Quoted in "U.S. Regulators Increase Scrutiny of Severance Pacts," The Wall Street Journal
November 5, 2014
"Important Considerations of Social Media Use for Long-Term Care Providers," DRI Medlaw Update
October 16, 2014
Caroline J. Berdzik Quoted in "Self-funded Plans and TPAs Affected by Top Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling," Thompson Information Services Smart HRManager/HR Compliance Expert
July 2014
"Reduce E&O With EPL," National Underwriter Property & Casualty
June 2014
Caroline J. Berdzik Quoted in "Making Centers Lawsuit-Proof," Shopping Centers Today
April 2014
"Pa. Levels Playing Field for Health Provider Compliance," Law360
March 24, 2014
Caroline Berdzik Quoted in "Lehigh Valley, Northwest New Jersey Businesses Targeted by Flurry of Discrimination Lawsuits," Express-Times
March 10, 2014
Caroline J. Berdzik Quoted in "Are Nursing Homes' High-Need Residents at High Risk?" The Columbus Dispatch
January 26, 2014
"Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Goldberg Segalla's Caroline Berdzik," Law360
January 23, 2014
"Danger From Within? Sex Offenders in Long-Term Care Facilities," DRI For the Defense
August 2013
Caroline J. Berdzik Quoted on Discrimination Lawsuit as Cautionary Tale for Succession Planning, NJ Biz
July 29, 2013
Caroline J. Berdzik Quoted in "Bullying Can Affect Elderly, Too," News Transcript
July 10, 2013
"The Challenges of Hiring or Housing Registered Sex Offenders," Long-Term Living
June 14, 2013

Presentations
"Labor and Employment Litigation: Are You On a Level Playing Field or Fighting an Uphill Battle?" Consero Corporate Litigation Forum
October 5, 2014
"Tactics for Moving EPL Litigation to Early Resolution," National Employment Practices Liability Insurance ExecuSummit
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2014
"Navigating the Murky Waters: Ethically Managing Social Media for Long-Term Care Providers," Defense Research Institute Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar
September 19, 2014
"FMLA and ADA Interaction/Increased Claims and Continued Guidance on the Amended Americans With Disabilities Act and its Impact in the EPLI Realm," 21st National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance
June 23, 2014
"Workplace Investigations in New Jersey," presented by Lorman Education Services
February 28, 2014
"Proper Social Media Conduct/Social Media Policies," NBI Seminar: Ethics and Social Media - What Attorneys Need to Know
December 19, 2013
"Strategies for Navigating the Murky Social Media Waters," WESFACCA Annual Ethics
October 24, 2013
"Keeping an Eye on the Moving Pieces: The Evolving Landscape of Employment Litigation," 2013 Corporate Litigation Forum
October 6-8, 2013
"Ethical Issues in Attorney Fee-Shifting: A Panel Discussion," presented by the New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association's Legal Affairs Committee
July 26, 2013
"Overview of Relevant Labor and Employment Regulations," American Conference Institute - Long Term Care Regulatory Boot Camp
July 23-24, 2013

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Upcoming Supreme Court Decision Could Change the EEOC Litigation Landscape for Employers
Caroline J. Berdzik,Jennifer M. Mannion, November 12, 2014
A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether and to what extent a court may enforce the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) mandatory duty to conciliate discrimination claims before filing suit could significantly change the landscape of EEOC litigation for employers. The...

Employers Must Prepare for Scrutiny as Federal and State Labor Departments Join Together to Fight Employee Misclassification
Caroline J. Berdzik,David E. Leach, October 17, 2014
Employers across the country continue to misclassify workers as independent contractors rather than as employees, and as we recently saw in Alexander v. FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., such actions can result in litigation and federal and state scrutiny.

Fifth Circuit Religious Discrimination Determination Requires Employers to Gauge Sincerity of an Employee’s Religious Beliefs
Caroline J. Berdzik,Richard A. Braden, September 23, 2014
Most employers recognize that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace and requires private employers to reasonably accommodate an applicant’s or employee’s religious practices and beliefs, subject to limited exceptions....


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