Kerrie R. Heslin, Esq.

Partner

kheslin@nfclegal.com
P: 973.665.9100
F: 973.665.9101

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My goal is always to keep my clients out of litigation through best practices, but when it cannot be avoided I will fight hard to defend them and obtain a just result.

About Kerrie

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, retaliation, whistleblower claims, wage and hour and benefits issues on behalf of employers.  She handles counseling and litigation involving workforce reductions, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, FLSA HIPAA and NLRA 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, policies and employee handbooks.

She litigates matters in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, including state and federal EEO agencies, the DOL, FINRA, OSHA and NLRB.  In addition, Ms. Heslin handles all aspects of labor matters, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, arbitration of grievances, union avoidance training and pension fund withdrawal liability.

Listed in Super Lawyers®

  • Employment Litigation Defense, 2017
  • Employment & Labor, 2009 – 2016
  • “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, 2010 – 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

Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, Employment Law, 2008

LCA Badge (00034865)

 

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Honorable Nicholas H. Politan, 1995 – 1997

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Professional

Professional Experience

Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Cecchi, Stewart & Olstein, Roseland, NJ
Partner
2005 – 2007
Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Cecchi, Stewart & Olstein, Roseland, NJ
Associate
2002 – 2005
Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Newark, NJ Associate 1997 – 2002

Professional Affiliations

Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow 2015 - Present
Women Presidents Organization 2012 - Present
Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business Steering Committee Member
New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association Member
New Jersey Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Member
Diversity Law Institute Member
Trial Law Institute Member

Background

Education

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 1995
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 1995
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit 2002

Civic & Charitable Activities

Women Presidents' Educational Organization
Light the Night Walk for Cancer, Participant
WHEELS NYC Mentor Program for High School Students

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

“Restrictive Covenants that Will Hold Up in Court”, Presentation to Katsy Korins LLC, January, 2017

“EEO Update”, presented at Employment Law Roundtable for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December, 2016

“Overview of the Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates of 2016”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Hot Topics in Employment Law Breakfast Seminar, November, 2016

“Social Media Developments and Risks Facing Employers”, presented to Walmart, October, 2016

“Law Firm Management: Be Creative BUT Don’t Give Away the Store, How and When to Negotiate Alternative Fees”, presented to NAMWOLF Annual Conference, September, 2016

“The Great Debate: Managing Electoral Politics in the Workplace”, presented to NAMWOLF Annual Conference, September, 2016

“Challenges Facing Telecom Employers”, presented to T-Mobile, September, 2016

“Essential Tactics to Combat Unconscious Bias in the Workplace”, presented to Panasonic North America, February, 2016

“Background Checks Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply”, New Jersey Law Journal CLE Day, Florham Park, NJ, March, 2015

“Conducting an Effective Workplace Investigation”, presented to NJRIMS, 2015

“The Audit Before the Audit: The Benefits of Conducting an Internal Audit”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Round Table, November, 2014

“Background Checks: Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Webinar, 2014

“How to Conduct a Proper Background Check”, presented at the National Limousine Association, LCT Show East, Atlantic City, 2013

“Costliest Mistakes Employers Make”, presented to Women Presidents Organization, New York Chapter, 2013

“Enhancing Your Online Image: 3 Expert Views”, presented to Morris County Chamber of Commerce, 2013

“When to Hold, When to Fold: The High Price of Misclassification – Are You Properly Classifying Independent Contractors, Temps, Interns and Volunteers?”, presented to Deloitte LLP, 2012

“The New ADA Amendments”, presented to New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2011

“Monitoring Employee Electronic Communications in the Workplace”, presented to New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2010

“The Pitfalls of Social Media in the Workplace”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Webinar, 2010

“Don’t Be Afraid of Using Social Media in Your Business”, presented to Morris County Chamber of Commerce, 2010

“Social Media in the Workplace, Friend or Foe?”, presented to Citrin Cooperman & Company’s Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders Group,2010

“New Jersey Paid Family Leave: What It Means to Your Firm and Your Clients”, presented to New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2009

“Employment Issues in Today’s Business World”, presented to Citrin Cooperman & Company’s Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders Group, 2009

“How to Protect Your Company from the Seven Costliest Employment Mistakes!”, presented to Morris County Chamber of Commerce, 2009

“The Seven Costliest Employment Mistakes: What YOU Must Do to Protect and Sustain Your Business!”, presented to Women Presidents’ Organization, Morris County Chapter, 2009

“The Seven Costliest Employment Mistakes: What YOU Must Do to Protect and Sustain Your Business!”, presented to Women Presidents’ Organization 12th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, 2009

“The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: What it Means for Employers and Employees”, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Webinar, 2009

“New Jersey Paid Family Leave: What it Means for Your Firm and Your Clients”, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Webinar, 2008

“10 Most Common Mistakes Employers Make and How to Avoid Them”, presented to Women Presidents’ Organization, Morris County and Monmouth County Chapters, 2008

“Legal Issues for New Principals”, presented to Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, Annually 2002 – 2006

“Negotiating the Deal”, presented to Executive Women of New Jersey, The Institute for Women’s Leadership, 2003

“Negotiating the Deal”, presented to New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Conference, 2002

“Negotiating Employment Like a Professional”, presented to Women in Careers, 2002

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” Co-Authored by Kerrrie R. Heslin & Nicole M. Amato, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Summer, 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

“Courts Start to Rule on Online Harassment”, New Jersey Law Journal, June 12, 2000

“Sexual Harassment in Cyberspace: Cases Consider Employer Liability for Employee Use of E-mail, Chat Rooms, Porn Sites”, Employment Law Weekly, January 27, 2000