Katherin A. Nukk-Freeman

Katherin A. Nukk-Freeman: Attorney with Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Employment Attorneys AV stamp icon
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Katherin Nukk-Freeman is the co-founder of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC. Leveraging more than 20 years of success as a trusted advisor to corporate leaders, Katherin enables companies to proactively address and effectively manage workplace issues related to harassment and discrimination complaints, unconscious bias, disability and leave law, wage and hour disputes, social media risks, staff reductions in force, and high-risk terminations. Katherin works with human resources management professionals providing expert guidance and instruction enabling them to better manage and proactively address their training programs and many other employment law issues thereby avoiding costly litigation for their companies.
As a dynamic employment law training instructor and industry thought leader, Katherin partners with clients to develop and implement strategies to manage risk, comply with the laws, increase productivity and create an overall better workplace. Katherin is a frequent presenter on employment law issues and has authored countless articles on current employment law “hot topics”. As a champion for forward-looking employment law solutions, Katherin is considered the industry leader on the subject of addressing “Unconscious Bias” in the workplace.

Committee of 200 (C200) Protégé Program, Selected Member (2014 – Present)
Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Board of Directors (2013 - Present)
Labor and Employment Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, Executive Committee (2010 – Present)
New York Society of Security Analysts, Board of Directors (2010 - Present)
Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Advisory Board Member (2009 – Present)
Women Presidents' Organization, Platinum membership (2002 – Present)
The Healthcare Marketing & Communications Council, General Counsel to Board of Trustees (2005 – 2009)


Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2010 - 2016)
• “Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers” (2011 - 2015)
• “Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers” (2011 - 2016)
Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Magazine as one of the “New York Area’s Top AV Raged Lawyers” (2014)
Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Law Firms, Labor & Employment (2010 - 2014)
• Currently Ranked as a Chambers USA Band 2 Attorney
Named “Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs” by Leading Women Entrepreneurs and NJ Monthly Magazine (2012)
“Enterprising Women of the Year 2010”, Enterprising Women Magazine
“Women’s Business Enterprise Star 2009”, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
“Top 50 Women in Business 2009”, NJBIZ
Named one of Business News New Jersey's "40 Under 40 Outstanding Achievers” (April 2002)


• Surviving the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Employment Law Symposium presented by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra and USI (April 2015)
• Identifying and Combatting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, Employment Law Symposium presented by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra and USI (April 2015)
• Legal Issues Surrounding Background Checks and Workplace Violence, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (March 2015)
• Background Checks: Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply, New Jersey Law Journal In-House Counsel Seminar (March 2015)
• Hot Topics in Employment Law, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (November 2014)
• Hot Topics in Employment Law, presented to Women Presidents Organization, Somerset Chapter (October 2014), Bergen Chapter (November 2014)
• Hot Tips in Labor and Employment, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (June 2014)
• Labor and Employment Law Update, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Business Law Symposium (April 2014)
• Conducting an Effective Workplace Investigation, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar Presentation (February 2014)
• Social Media and Workplace Harassment Issues, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (January 2014)
• Navigating Your Career: Learning to Elevate Your Personal Brand, presented to Ernst & Young Professional Women's Network (December 2013)
• Costliest Mistakes Employers Make, presented to Women Presidents Organization, Monmouth Chapter (August 2013), New York Chapter (September 2013), Bergen and Somerset Chapters (October 2013)
• Social Media 2.0: New Developments and Persisting Risks for Employers, presented to Women Presidents Organization, Monmouth Chapter (August 2013), Bergen and Somerset Chapters (October 2013)
• Top Mistakes Employers Make, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar Presentation (September 2013)
• Social Media 2.0: New Developments and Persisting Risks for Employers, Nukk Freeman & Cerra Webinar Presentation (June 2013)
• Pros and Cons of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Movement, Business Law Symposium (April 2013)
• Hot Topics in Employment Law, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (April 2013)
• Social Media and Workplace Harassment Issues, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (January 2013)


• Co-author, “Achieving Balance: Suzanne M. Cerra and Katherin Nukk-Freeman Reveal How a Flexible, Team-Based Business Model Benefits Fee-Earners and Clients”., Managing Partner Magazine (Volume 15 Issue 2; October 2012)
• “COBRA Subsidies Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: How Will They Impact Businesses?”, New Jersey Defense (Volume 25, Issue 2; Spring 2009), co-authored with Suzanne M. Cerra, Esq.
• “FMLA Violations - Do Your Merit Increase and Bonus Plans Comply?”, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (November 2005)
• “Some States Mandate Harassment Training. A Sign of Things to Come for New Jersey Employers?”, Bollinger Solutions (Spring 2005)


Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, PC., Newark, NJ
Partner (2000 – 2006); Associate (1996 – 2000)
Downey, Brand, Seymour and Rohwer, Sacramento, CA
Associate (1993 – 1996)


Boston College Law School (J.D., 1993)
Pennsylvania State University (B.S., Dual Major: Finance and Accounting Honors 1990)
University Scholars Program


State of California, 1993
State of New Jersey, 1996
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 1993
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1996


Board of Trustees, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Human Resources Committee (2004 - 2010)

Areas of Practice (56)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Employment Training
  • Employment Audits
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Employment Contracts
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Human Resources Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Age Discrimination in Employment
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Employee Discipline
  • Employee Drug Testing
  • Employee Privacy
  • Employee Rights
  • Employer Intentional Torts
  • Employer Liability
  • Employer Rights
  • Employment Arbitration
  • Employment Breach of Contract
  • Employment Civil Rights
  • Employment Claims
  • Employment Class Actions
  • Employment Defense
  • Employment Disability Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Rights
  • Employment Terminiation
  • Employment at Will
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Executive Employment Law
  • Executive Severance Contracts
  • Fair Employment Practices
  • Fair Labor Standards
  • Federal Employment Law
  • Harassment
  • Management Employment Law
  • Management Labor Law
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation Agreements
  • Personnel Policies
  • Personnel Training
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Public Sector Employment Law
  • Reductions in Force
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Title VII Discrimination
  • Wage and Hour Law
  • Workplace Violence
  • Wrongful Termination Defense
  • Employee Benefits

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
973-665-9100  Phone
973-665-9101  Fax
University Attended:
Pennsylvania State University, B.S., Finance and Accounting, with honors, University Scholars Program, 1990
Law School Attended:
Boston College Law School, J.D., 1993
Year of First Admission:
1993, California; 1993, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1996, New Jersey; 1996, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
New Jersey State and American Bar Associations.
Birth Information:
Chicago, Illinois, May 2, 1968
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Minority - Owned

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (3 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 04/17/12 in Employment Litigation

    Katherin is one of the finest employment law attorneys in the State.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Member on 07/25/11 in Employment Discrimination

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