Caroline Berdzik, a co-chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group and chair of its Health Care Practice Group, 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. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2013, Caroline was honored by her peers and named to the New Jersey Rising Stars list in New Jersey Monthly.
•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 Rising Stars, 2006-2009, 2013 (Employment Litigation: Defense)
•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