- Labor and Preventive Practices
- General Employment Litigation
|University ||Lafayette College, B.A., Government/Law, magna cum laude, 1977|
|Law School||Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1980; New York University, LL.M., Labor Law, summa cum laude, 1989 Seymour Gerstein Prize - Highest GPA in Program|
|Admitted||1980, New Jersey; 1980, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey and Southern District of New York; 1985, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1991, U.S. Supreme Court|
Professional Associations and Activities
•American Bar Association, Labor and Employment, and Litigation sections
•New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor & Employment section, Executive Committee
John K. Bennett is a Shareholder in the Morristown, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His entire practice is devoted to representing employers in all areas of labor and employment-related matters.
Mr. Bennett regularly handles employment-related litigation in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including substantial experience in jury trials. He also handles negotiating and enforcing employment agreements and restrictive covenants, traditional labor matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements, labor-injunction matters in federal and state courts, and many other aspects of labor relations and employment law for employers.
Mr. Bennett has been ranked by Chambers USA from 2009 -2015 as a leader in the Labor and Employment Law practice area. Chambers USA 2015 recognizes that sources say Mr. Bennett is an outstanding attorney. Mr. Bennett advises clients on various employment-related matters and disputes and is highly accomplished when it comes to taking matters to trial. One impressed source describes him as the most effective lawyer on his feet I have ever seen.
Mr. Bennett also has been recognized for managing nationwide employment and labor counsel relationships with certain clients. Chambers USA 2012 wrote: Client favorite John Bennett is meticulous in his ability to call up facts. Often when a matter involves high-level employees we bring him in.” Chambers USA has also written: ...John Bennett is singled out as a terrific guy to go to if your neck's on the line. He focuses on representing employers in litigation, and is credited with a full and thorough knowledge of employment law.
While attending law school, Mr. Bennett was Articles Editor for the Seton Hall Law Review. From 1980-1981, he was law clerk to the late Hon. Robert L. Clifford, Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Mr. Bennett and his wife Faith reside in Westfield, New Jersey, and have three adult daughters, Ali, Julie and Claire.
Honors and Recognitions
John K. Bennett
•NJ Federal Practice and Procedure. Chapter 26 (NJ: NJLJ Books, 2010) [Author]
• Revisiting the Arbitration of Employment Disputes, New Jersey Lawyer (December 2008) [Author]
• Developing and Enforcing Arguments to Arbitrate Employment Disputes, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 10.8 (July 2002) [Author]
• Developing Issues of Workplace Harassment Liability, New Jersey Lawyer (January 2002) [Author]
February 17, 2015
New Jersey High Court: Employer Anti-Harassment Policy is Defense Against State Law Claims of Supervisor Sexual Harassment
February 17, 2015
The New Jersey Supreme Court has endorsed an employer's right to assert its effective anti-harassment policies and remedial measures as an affirmative defense in opposition to New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) claims of hostile work environment sexual harassment based on the conduct of a supervisor. Ilda...
November 8, 2012
Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits Available to New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Victims
November 8, 2012
When natural disaster strikes New Jersey, the Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits to individuals who live or work in affected areas of New Jersey and become unemployed as a result of the damage. The process begins with the Governor making a request to the Department for Labor to make the...
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June 1, 2015 Law 360
John Bennett Discusses No-Cause Verdict in Merck & Co. Inc.'s Former Executive's Pregnancy Lawsuit
June 1, 2015
John Bennett discusses the no-cause verdict in Merck & Co. Inc.'s former executive's pregnancy lawsuit in Law 360's Merck Prevails In Former Exec's Pregnancy Bias Suit.”Subscription may be required to view article
May 19, 2015 Chambers & Partners
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Ranked in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
May 19, 2015
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 19, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 62 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking...
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