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

  • 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
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
BornBrooklyn, New York, December 4, 1973

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)

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


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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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Caroline J. Berdzik

902 Carnegie Center, Suite 100
PrincetonNJ 08540-6530


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