Kerrie R. Heslin

Kerrie R. Heslin: Attorney with Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Employment Attorneys
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Kerrie R. Heslin has an expertise in employment and labor matters for management. Ms. Heslin devotes a majority of her practice to the litigation of employment matters involving discrimination, whistleblower claims, wage and hour and benefits issues on behalf of employers. She also handles counseling and litigation involving workforce reductions, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, FLSA and HIPAA and labor law issues. Ms. Heslin also counsels clients on diverse employment issues, such as training, hiring and firing of employees, employment agreements, separation agreements and releases, restrictive covenants, employment applications and policy manuals. She litigates matters in state and federal court and before administrative agencies (including state and federal EEO agencies and the Department of Labor). In addition, Ms. Heslin handles all aspects of labor matters, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and resolution and litigation of grievances. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, AWARDS AND HONORS: “Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey”, Super Lawyers (2012 - 2017)“Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey”, Super Lawyers (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment Law (2009 - 2017)Named a “Woman of Professional Distinction” by the Executive Women of New Jersey (2010)“Garden State Woman of the Year, Professional Services”, Garden State Woman Magazine (2009)“Rising Star” Employment Law, Super Lawyers (2008)Women Presidents’ OrganizationWomen in Business Steering Committee, Morris County Chamber of CommerceNew Jersey Women Lawyers AssociationLabor and Employment Section of the New Jersey Bar AssociationLitigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow – 2015 to PresentDiversity Law InstituteTrial Law Institute Women’s Golf Association of New JerseySPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: • Conducting an Effective Workplace Investigation, presented to New Jersey Risk Management Society (May 2015)• Background Checks: Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar (March 2014)• Background Checks: Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply, New Jersey Law Journal In-House Counsel Seminar (March 2015)• How to Conduct a Proper Background Check, National Limousine Association, LCT Show East (October 2013)• Costliest Mistakes Employers Make, presented to Women Presidents Organization, New York Chapter (September 2013)• Enhancing Your Online Image: 3 Expert Views, Morris County Chamber of Commerce (March 2013)• The New ADA Amendments, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (November 2011)• Monitoring Employee Electronic Communications in the Workplace, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (August 2010)• The Pitfalls of Social Media in the Workplace, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar (July 2010)• Don’t Be Afraid of Using Social Media in Your Business, Morris County Chamber of Commerce (July 2010)• Social Media in the Workplace, Friend or Foe?, Citrin Cooperman & Company’s Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders Group (May 2010)RECENT PUBLICATIONS:• “Building Better Contracts.” Breaking Through: Creating Opportunities for America's Women and Minority-Owned Businesses, Susan Philips Bari. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2013)• “Companies May Not Shield Internal Employment Law Assessments from Disclosure with “Self-Critical Analysis Privilege”, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly (June 2011)• “How Can An Employer Enforce Safety Regulations On Employees Who Wear Religious Attire That Could Pose Hazards?”, New Jersey Monthly (April 2009)• “Federal Court Rejects FTC Opinion that Employment Investigations by Outside Counsel are Subject to FCRA”, The Job Description, Defense Research Institute (Fall 2001)• “Restrictive Covenants: Protecting Confidential and Proprietary Information”, BioPharm Magazine (February 2000)• “Courts Start to Rule on Online Harassment”, The National Law Journal (January 24, 2000) and New Jersey Law Journal (June 2000)• “Sexual Harassment in Cyberspace: Cases Consider Employer Liability for Employee Use of E-mail, Chat Rooms, Porn Sites”, Employment Law Weekly (January 2000) PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Cecchi, Stewart & Olstein, Roseland, NJPartner (August 2005 – March 2007); Associate (July 2002 – August 2005)Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Newark, NJAssociate (September 1997 – July 2002)FEDERAL JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP: Honorable Nicholas H. Politan (1995 - 1997)United States District Court, District of New JerseyEDUCATION:Seton Hall Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, Survey Editor, Law Review, 1995) Syracuse University (B.S., Finance/Marketing, magna cum laude, 1991) ADMISSIONS: State of New Jersey, 1995United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1995United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2002CIVIC/CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Participant (2008 - Present)Tri-School Parent Teacher Association, Jefferson Township, New Jersey (2005 - Present)The Newfoundland School Board of Trustees, President (2003 - 2007)

Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow (2015 - Present)

Areas of Practice (64)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Employment Contracts
  • Human Resources Law
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Employee Benefits
  • Litigation
  • Defense Litigation
  • E-Discovery
  • Federal Civil Litigation
  • Federal Litigation
  • U.S. Supreme Court Litigation
  • 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 Litigation
  • 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
  • Noncompete Litigation
  • Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation Agreements
  • Personnel Policies
  • Personnel Training
  • Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Prevailing Wage Litigation
  • Public Sector Employment Law
  • Reductions in Force
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Title VII Discrimination
  • Wage and Hour Law
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Workplace Violence
  • Wrongful Termination Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
973-665-9100  Phone
973-665-9101  Fax
University Attended:
Syracuse University, B.S., Finance/Marketing, Magna Cum Laude, 1991
Law School Attended:
Seton Hall Law School, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Survey Editor, Law Review, 1995
Year of First Admission:
1995, New Jersey; 1995, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 2002, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Third Circuit, Essex County (Member, Labor and Employment Section), New Jersey State Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Section) and American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Labor and Employment; Benefits), Diversity Law Institute (Member), Trial Law Institute (Member)
Birth Information:
Teaneck, New Jersey, June 10, 1969
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Minority - Owned

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Chatham, New Jersey

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