Caroline J. Berdzik: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Caroline J. Berdzik

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Princeton,  NJ  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Employment and Labor
  • 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
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

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

BornBrooklyn, New York, December 4, 1973

Caroline Berdzik is Chair of the firm's Employment and Labor and Health Care Practice Groups and focuses her practice on representing corporate clients in industries such as health care, retail, construction, insurance, finance, trucking, nonprofit organizations, and religious institutions in employment law issues, from counseling through trial. She routinely provides strategic business advice to employers on critical human resources 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 daily challenges companies face in 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 significant experience handling Title III ADA accessibility compliance and litigation for financial institutions, shopping centers, medical providers, retailers, and other places of public accommodation.

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

Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Caroline was the assistant general counsel for New Jersey's largest privately held long-term care company. Amongst her many duties, she successfully managed a diverse litigation portfolio in the areas of professional and general liability, employment, and commercial law. In this role, she supervised legal counsel nationwide, established risk management strategies, and reduced legal spend.

In 2015, Caroline was named a “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ. In 2008, Caroline was named one of the 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. In recognition of her accomplishments, Caroline is regularly honored by her peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers, being named to the New York Metro list in 2014, as well as being named a “Rising Star”in New Jersey from 2006-2009, and in 2013. She was named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list again in 2015.


Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business, 2015
New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2014 (Employment Litigation Defense)
New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2006-2009, 2013
New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2015
New Jersey Law Journal 40 Under 40, 2008
The Trentonian Movers and Shakers Top 20 Under 40, 2005

Community Involvement

•Capitol County Children's Collaborative: Board Member, 2012-present
•East Windsor Zoning Board of Adjustment: Member, 2003-present, Vice Chair 2015-present
•Drew University College Alumni Association: Board Member, 2003-2006, 2013-present; Class Agent, 2014-present


• Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Recognized in 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers
April 20, 2015
• Caroline J. Berdzik Honored as One of New Jersey's Top Business Leaders
February 13, 2015
• Goldberg Segalla Named a New Jersey Powerhouse by Law360
June 26, 2014


• Join Dove Burns and Caroline Berdzik at the ACI Employment Practices Liability Insurance Conference
January 16, 2015
• 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


• Professional Liability Matters



•Author, “ Acuity Level Creep in Assisted Living, ” DRI For the Defense, August 2015
•Quoted in “ Job Seeker? Or Undercover City Employee? ” Crain's New York Business, May 20, 2015
•Quoted in “ Criminal Background Checks Create Dilemma for Employers, ” Business Insurance, March 15, 2015
•Editor, Chapter 8, “Labor, Employment, and OSHA Issues, ” and Chapter 11, “Assisted Living Communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities, ” Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk, and Compliance Issues , American Health Lawyers Association, 2015
•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


• Presenter, Affordable Care Act, EPLI ExecuSummit, April 15, 2015
• Presenter, “Workers' Compensation and Employment Law”, 2015 ABA Workers' Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference, Naples, FL, March 19-21, 2015
• Presenter, “The Bermuda Triangle of the ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation in the EPLI Realm: Coverage Complexities, “Hot Button” Accommodation Issues, and Solutions for Minimizing Exposure to Disabiloity Discrimination/FMLA Claims”, 22nd National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance, New York, NY, March 2-3, 2015
•Presenter, Best Practices for Managing Acuity Creep in Assisted Living, 2015 AHLA LTC Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 24, 2015
•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


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Non-Union Employers Must Beware the NLRB
Sean P. Beiter,Caroline J. Berdzik, April 24, 2015
For close to 75 years, non-union employers have had little reason to fear, let alone think about, the National Labor Relations Board, except until a union initiated an attempt to organize its employees. However, as evidenced by the March 18, 2015 Report of the General Counsel Concerning Employer...

Amendment to New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Removes Annual Notice Requirement
Julie P. Apter,Caroline J. Berdzik, February 6, 2015
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation to repeal the notice provision of the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010. Effective January 2, 2015, the law (Chapter 537) removes the notice requirement that, under the previous act, required employers annually to provide employees...

Misclassification of Dancers Results in $10.8 Million-Plus Award
Caroline J. Berdzik,Dove A. E. Burns, December 29, 2014
Employers across the country are increasingly utilizing independent contractors to fill an ever-expanding array of positions. These jobs range from sophisticated, high-tech engineers and logistics professionals to doctors, nurses, construction workers, and food service providers. But employers who...

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