Suzanne M. Cerra, Esq.

Co-Founding Partner

scerra@nfclegal.com
P: 973.665.9100
F: 973.665.9101

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About Suzanne

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 called upon regularly by her peers to conduct internal investigations into claims of unlawful harassment, discrimination and other allegations of workplace misconduct.

AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Recipient of the New Jersey Smart CEO Future 50 Award, 2016

Boy Scouts of America, “Tribute to Women Award” Recipient, 2015

“The Excellence in Achievement Award”, presented by Seton Hall University School of Law, Peter W. Rodino Society, 2014

“KSB Presidential Leadership Award”, presented by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, 2014

“Professional Lawyer of the Year Award” presented by the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, 2013

Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2009 – 2016

  • “Top 100”, New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2010 – 2016
  • “Top 50 Women”, New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2010 – 2016

Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Law Firms, Labor & Employment, 2010 – 2015

“The Best Lawyers in America”Labor and Employment, 2016

Named “Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs” by 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, 2009

“New Jersey Women in Business Champion of the Year”, presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration, 2009

2015 Chambers Logo (00012764)

JEN Electric, Inc. v. County of Essex, NJ, 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., WL 495945, D.N.J., 1995

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

Professional

Professional Experience

Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C., Short Hills, NJ, Co-founder and Principal 2006 – Present
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
Stanton, Hughes, Diana, Cerra, Mariani & Margello, P.C., Morristown, NJ (now Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stuart), Associate 1995 – 1997
Shanley & Fisher, P.C., Morristown, NJ, Associate 1993 – 1995
Graduate, Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia Law School 1999

Background

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

Park Avenue Club, Board of Trustees, 2014 – Present

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Past President, 2014

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, “Power of the Promise” Fundraising Committee, Past Member

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

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, PC 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 to the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November, 2013

“Professional & Ethical Implications of Gender Bias in the Practice of Law”, presented to 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, PC, 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, PC, June, 2011

“Round Table Discussion on Social Media”, American Express Open, July, 2010

“The Pitfalls of Social Media in the Workplace”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC 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”, presented to the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November, 2009)

Publications

“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), Co-Authored with Katherin Nukk-Freeman, Esq.

“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)