Suzanne M. Cerra

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Biography

Suzanne M. Cerra has devoted her legal career to representing employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination matters. She also has extensive experience in matters involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the protection of trade secrets and confidential information. Ms. Cerra has represented hundreds of clients in state and federal court proceedings, arbitration proceedings, and before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and the New York Human Rights Division.

She also has extensive experience providing compliance counseling to her clients regarding all state and federal employment laws and assisting clients with issues relating to discrimination, harassment, leaves of absence, wrongful discharge, wage and hour laws, restrictive covenants and unfair competition. Ms. Cerra is also called upon regularly by her peers to conduct internal investigations into claims of unlawful harassment, discrimination and other allegations of workplace misconduct.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
• President (2013 - 2014)
• President Elect (2012 – 2013)
• Vice President (2011 – 2012)
• Chief Financial Officer (2010 – 2011)

New Jersey Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Executive Committee (2003–Present)
NJSBA Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Editorial Board (2003 – Present)
The Park Avenue Club, Board of Directors (2014 – Present)
Entrepreneur’s Organization, New Jersey Chapter, Board of Directors (2009 – 2013)
Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys, Member (2014 - Present)

HONORS AND AWARDS:

Award for “Excellence in Achievement”, Peter W. Rodino Society (2014)
“Professional Lawyer of the Year Award”, NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law (2013)
Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2009 - 2015)
• “Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers” (2010 - 2016)
• “Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers” (2010 - 2016)
Listed as a Band 1 attorney in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Law Firms, Labor & Employment (2010 - 2014)
Named “Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs” by Leading Women Entrepreneurs & NJ Monthly (2012)
Named “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJ Biz (2011)
“Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, New Jersey”, Finalist (2009)
Honored by U.S. Small Business Administration as “New Jersey Women in Business Champion of the Year” (2009)
AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

• Successful Law Management: Dealing with the Question of Compensation, presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (December 2014)
• The High Price of Misclassification: Are You Properly Classifying Interns and Volunteers?, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar Presentation (May 2014)
• The High Price of Misclassification: Are You Properly Classifying Interns and Volunteers?, presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (January 2014)
• Workplace Investigations, presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (November 2013)
• Professional & Ethical Implications of Gender Bias in the Practice of Law, presented by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the Essex County Bar Foundation (October 2013)
• In House Counsel and the Attorney Client Privilege, presented by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra (October 2013)
• The Pros and Cons of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Movement, presented by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra (May 2013)
• Bring Your Own Device Movement, presented at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Business Meeting (February 2013)
• Properly Classifying Temps, Interns, Independent Contractors & Volunteers, presented at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Annual Meeting (September 2011)
• Navigating the Social Media Minefield, presented by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra (June 2011)
• Successful Law Firm Management: Increasing Firm Profitability, presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (April 2011)

PUBLICATIONS:

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)

Co-author, “Monitoring Electronic Communications and Social Media Usage in the Workplace: What are the Limits?”, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly (Volume 32, No. 2; November 2010)

Co-author, “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-author, “We Can Have it All”, New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association Gala Journal (April 2009)

“Elements of an Effective Harassment Investigation”, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly (Winter 2007)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Law Office of Suzanne M. Cerra, Basking Ridge, NJ
Founder and Principal (2003–2006)
Stanton, Hughes, Diana, Cerra, Mariani & Margello, P.C., Morristown, NJ
(now Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stuart)
Partner (1997–2003); Associate (1995–1997)
Shanley & Fisher, P.C., Morristown, NJ
Associate (September 1993 – September 1995)
Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia Law School, Graduate (1999)

EDUCATION:

Boston College Law School (J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, 1993)
Bucknell University (B.S., cum laud, 1990)

ADMISSIONS:

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

PUBLISHED DECISIONS:

JEN Electric, Inc. v. County of Essex, -- N.J. --, 2009 WL 529154 (March 4, 2009)
Terrell v. Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc., 352 N.J. Super. 109 (App. Div. 2002)
Johnson v. Penske Truck Leasing Co., 949 F. Supp. 1153 (D.N.J. 1996)
Scudder v. Media General, Inc., 1995 WL 495945 (D.N.J. 1995)

Areas of Practice (63)

  • Labor and Employment
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Human Resources Law
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Employment Contracts
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 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
  • Employer Rights
  • Employer Intentional Torts
  • Employee Rights
  • Employer Liability
  • 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
  • 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
  • Litigation
  • Employee Benefits

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
973-665-9100  Phone
973-444-8044  Cell Phone
973-665-9101  Fax
www.nfclegal.com
University Attended:
Bucknell University, B.A., cum laude, 1990
Law School Attended:
Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1993
Year of First Admission:
1993
Admission:
1993, New Jersey; 1993, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Memberships:
New Jersey State (Member, Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Section, 2003—) and American (Member, Labor and Employment Section) Bar Associations; New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (President, 2013-2014, President Elect, 2012-2013, Vice President 2011-2012, Chief Financial Officer, 2010— 2011); New Jersey Labor and Employment Quarterly (Member, Editorial Board, 2003—).
Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., August 22, 1968
Reported Cases:
JEN Electric, Inc. v. County of Essex, --N.J.--, 2009 WL 529154 (March 4, 2009); Terrell v. Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc., 352 N.J. Super. 109 (App. Div. 2002); Johnson v. Penske Truck Leasing Co., 949 F. Supp. 1153 (D.N.J. 1996); Scudder v. Media General, Inc., 1995 WL 495945 (D.N.J. 1995).
ISLN:
900455863
Payment Information:
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Minority - Owned

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (1 review)
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  • Communication

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