Partners

Suzanne M. Cerra, Esq.

Co-Founding Partner and President
AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell

Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.
Chatham Executive Center
26 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928

P:
973.665.9100
F: 973.665.9101
scerra@nfclegal.com


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 also is 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) 

Labor and Employment Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, Executive Committee (2003 – Present)

NJSBA Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Editorial Board (2003 – 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 from the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law (2013)

Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2009 - 2014)

  • Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers (2010 - 2014)
  • Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers (2010 - 2014)

Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Law Firms, Labor & Employment (2010 - 2014)

Named Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs in Leading Women Entrepreneurs and NJ Monthly Magazine (2012)

Named Best 50 Women in Business by NJ Biz (2011)

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, New Jersey, Finalist (June 2009)

Honored by U.S. Small Business Administrationas New Jersey Women in Business Champion of the Year (2009)

AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

 Speaking Engagements:

  • Successful Law Firm 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 (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)
  • 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 theNew Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (April 2011)
  • Round Table Discussion on Social Media, American Express Open (July 2010)
  • The Pitfalls of Social Media in the Workplace, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar (July 2010)
  • Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations, presented to ASIS International, New Jersey Chapter (June 2010)
  • How Social Media and Networking Websites and Technology Are Changing the Employment Landscape, presented at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, Labor & Employment Section (May 2010)
  • The Costliest Mistakes Made by Employers: What You Have to do to Protect Your Business, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (November 009)
  • Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law, presented by the New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association, Seton Hall University Law School (March 2007)


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 2013)

"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), co-authored with Galit Kierkut, Esq.

"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 Katherin Nukk-Freeman, Esq.

"We Can Have it All", New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association Gala Journal (April 2009), co-authored with Katherin Nukk-Freeman, Esq.

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

Professional Experience:

Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C., Short Hills, NJ
Co-founder and Principal (January 2006 – Present)

Law Office of Suzanne M. Cerra, Basking Ridge, NJ
Founder and Principal (October 2003 – January 2006)

Stanton, Hughes, Diana, Cerra, Mariani & Margello, P.C., Morristown, NJ
(now Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stuart)
Partner (April 1997 – October 2003); Associate (September 1995 – April 1997)

Shanley & Fisher, P.C., Morristown, NJ
Associate (September 1993 – September 1995)


Graduate, Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia Law School (1999)

Education:

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

Admissions:

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

Civic/Charitable Activities:

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, “Power of the Promise” Fundraising Committee
Kevin J. Hannaford, Sr. Foundation, Committee Member

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. 2001)
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).

 

Leading Women Entrepreneurs and NJ Monthly Magazine’s Top 25 by Leading Women Entrepreneurs (2012)