Holly English, Esq.

Partner

henglish@nfclegal.com
P: 973.665.9100
F: 973.665.9101

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I love working with our clients -- these long-term relationships are very gratifying as they are based on trust, expertise and a strong wish for our clients to have the most successful companies possible.

About Holly

Holly English, a Past President of the National Association of Women Lawyers, is a seasoned practitioner who counsels management on issues such as hiring, wage and hour, leaves of absence, severance and employment contracts, disability and accommodation, restrictive covenants, termination, and employee handbooks and policies, and provides training on issues such as harassment. She represents management in disputes with federal and state administrative agencies relating to discrimination and wage-and-hour issues, and defends companies in discrimination lawsuits in federal and state courts. Ms. English counsels clients in a wide variety of industries, such as hospitality, professional associations, medical groups, manufacturing, placement agencies, and assisted living/nursing homes.

She is the author of Gender on Trial: Sexual Stereotypes and Work/Life Balance in the Legal Workplace, published in 2003 by Law Journal Press, a division of American Lawyer Media. Previously, as a consultant, Ms. English worked in the U.S. and internationally with corporations, government units and not-for-profit organizations, helping to align core values for maximum performance.

Women Presidents Organization, 2013 – Present

NAWL Foundation,  Board Member, 2010 – Present

Newark Regional Business Partnership, 2011

National Association of Women Lawyers, Board Member, 2004 – 2011

National Association of Women Lawyers Foundation, Board Member 2010 – Present

Board of the New Jersey Women’s Forum, Membership Chair, 2009 – Present

National Association of Women Lawyers, President, 2007 – 2008

Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court, Bencher, 2005 – Present

American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section

New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

President’s Council of Cornell Women

Listed in Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor, 2009 – 2017

  • “Top 100”, New Jersey Super Lawyers®, 2013 – 2017
  • “Top 50 Women”, New Jersey Super Lawyers®, 2012 – 2017

Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Law Firms, Labor & Employment, 2012 – 2017

Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (“WILL”) Award, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, 2010

 

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Professional

Professional Experience

Post, Polak, Goodsell, MacNeill & Strauchler, P.A., Roseland, NJ
Of Counsel
2004 - 2011
Values Consultant/Business Writer, Montclair, NJ 1999 - 2004
St. James Ethics Centre, Sydney, Australia
Values and Ethics Consultant to corporations and government units
1996 - 1999
Cooper, Rose & English, Summit, NJ
Associate Attorney
1990 - 1996
Connecticut Law Tribune, Stamford, CT
Executive Editor/Reporter
1985 - 1988

Judicial Clerkship

The Honorable Daniel J. O’Hern, Red Bank, NJ
Judicial Clerk to New Jersey Supreme Court Justice
1983 - 1984

Background

Education

Boston College Law School
J.D., cum laude
Winner, Moot Court Competition
1983
Cornell University
A.B.
1978

Admissions

New Jersey State and Federal Courts 1993
Massachusetts, State and Federal Courts 1983

Civic & Charitable Activities

Montclair Art Museum, Board of Trustees, Montclair, NJ 2012 - Present
Zoning Board of Adjustment, Board Member, Montclair, NJ 2004 – 2011
Essex Youth Theater, Board Member and President, Montclair, NJ 1994 - 1996

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

“Learn How to Revamp your Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Training Programs for Increased Business Success”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Round Table, November, 2016

“Combatting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace”, presented to TIAA, June, 2016

“Essential Tactics to Combat Unconscious Bias in the Workplace”, presented to Novartis Human Resources Counsel Network, November, 2015

“Background Checks Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply”, presented to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, February, 2015

“Surviving the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Round Table, November, 2014

NAWL Supreme Court Advocacy Panel (featuring all five female current and former NJ Supreme Court Justices), Moderator, 2011

Tenth Anniversary Conference on Women and the Practice of Law for DuPont, Wilmington, DE, Panelist, 2010

CLE presentation on Women’s Initiatives, to Dorsey & Whitney, Panelist Minneapolis, MN, 2010

Presentation on networking, Keynote Luncheon Speaker, Committee on Corporate Counsel, CLE Seminar of the American Bar Association, Orlando, FL, 2009

ALFA International Legal Network, Women’s Initiative Program, Keynote Luncheon Speaker, Washington, D.C., 2008

Workshop presented to Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C., Women’s Initiative Network, Morristown, NJ, 2008

Gender Equity Council at the New Jersey Bar Association Law Center, Presenter, 2007

“Women in Professional Service Firms: Retaining & Advancing a Diverse Team.” Ark Conference, Panel Member, Orlando, FL, 2006

Recent Articles & Publications

“The People Issue: Six Tips for Managing a Merger,” BC Law, Spring/Summer, 2003.

“Instead of Layoffs, Try Flexible Work Arrangements,” New Jersey Law Journal, February 17, 2002

“The Pros and Cons of Private Practice,” New Jersey Law Journal, May 20, 2002

“Managing Culture Shock,” Law Practice Management, May-June 2001 (publication of ABA Practice Management section)

“Who’s Minding the Future,” co-authored with Douglas Cohen, Executive Excellence, January, 2001

“How Strong Core Values Can Make Your Organization More Successful,” Front & Center (publication for the Center for Non-Profit Corporations), June/July, 2000

“Hiring for Values,” Executive Excellence, May, 2000

“Fostering Candid Communication in the Corkplace,” Texas Lawyer, March 20, 2000

Quotes & Interviews:

Interviewed for CBS Evening News program on pregnancy discrimination issues, 2006

New Jersey Monthly: Interview with Steve Adubato, “One on One,” on Comcast television, 2005

Chicago Lawyer, quoted in “Gender Gap in Salaries Starts Right After Law School,” by Jamie Levy Pessin, 2005

ABA Journal, quoted in “Redefining Relationships: You don’t have to lose your Associate friends when you make Partner,” by Jenny B. Davis, 2003