Christine Gottesman, Esq.

Special Counsel, Benefits
O: 973.665.9100
D: 973.507.7624
F: 973.665.9101

I enjoy working with my clients to develop and enhance their compensation and benefits plans in ways that best serve their unique employee situations while maintaining compliance with the law.

About Christine

Ms. Gottesman specializes in advising clients regarding all types of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She counsels employers in the establishment and administration of qualified and nonqualified retirement benefit plans and welfare benefit plans including issues of plan design, compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code and fiduciary responsibility. She advises publicly and privately held corporations in the design and administration of executive compensation arrangements and equity-based compensation plans. Ms. Gottesman’s practice also includes representing employers in employee benefits matters arising in connection with corporation mergers, acquisitions and dispositions.


Professional Experience

Sidley Austin, LLP, Chicago, IL and New York, NY
1995 - 2002



Harvard Law School
J.D., cum laude,
Harvard Law School International Law Journal, Submissions Editor
The College of William and Mary
B.A. History and French, with High Honors


State of Illinois 1995
State of New York 2000

Civic/Charitable Activities:

SAGE Eldercare Board of Trustees, Summit, NJ

Summit Junior Fortnightly Club, President, Summit, NJ

Trustee, Overlook Hospital Foundation

President, Summit Junior Fortnightly Club

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Virtual Lunch and Learn with Gateway Retirement Advisors , February 24, 2021

Virtual Lunch and Learn with Gateway Retirement Advisors , June 3, 2020

“Best Practices of Managing Your Multi-generational Workforce”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, November 2019

“The Affordable Care Act (ACA): The Top 10 Things that should be on Every Employer’s Radar Screen”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Round Table, November, 2014

“Healthcare Reform: What’s Next for Employers?”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar Presentation, June, 2014


Recent Publications

Co-author, “We Can Do This: Reopening the Non-Public Office Sector and Keeping It Open During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, Rutgers Business Law Journal, October 2020

Author, “Retirement Plan ERISA Fiduciary Duties During the COVID-19 Crisis”, Confero Magazine, Issue 31, Westminster Consulting, July 14, 2020.


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