Holly English, Esq.

Partner & Chief Diversity Officer

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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 is a seasoned practitioner who is a leader in the Firm’s Counseling Department.  She has counseled hundreds of clients through complex counseling issues to reach desired results while keeping legal risks low. In that capacity, she regularly 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.

A major part of her practice is to provide training to managers, employees, human resources professionals and others on a variety of ever-expanding topics, including anti-harassment/anti-discrimination, unconscious bias, prevention of bullying, effective communication techniques, upstander approaches, disability issues, effective performance management and many other customized training programs depending on a client’s priorities.  She has designed training materials and innovated her training techniques to provide lively and interactive sessions that not only provide important information but also keep audiences interested and focused.  Ms. English also conducts internal investigations for sensitive issues of workplace misconduct. In her employment law career, Ms. English has also represented management in disputes with federal and state administrative agencies relating to discrimination and wage-and-hour issues, and defending companies in discrimination lawsuits in federal and state courts.

Ms. English 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. She is a Past President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL, 2007-08).  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. Most recently she has enjoyed being a member of the board of the Montclair Art Museum, in Montclair, NJ, where she resides.

President, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) (2007 – 2008)

Board Member, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) (2004 – 2011)

Board Member, NAWL Foundation (2010 – present)

Bencher, Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

Member, Board of the New Jersey Women’s Forum (2009 – present)

Member, New Jersey State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)

Newark Regional Business Partnership (2011)

Member, President’s Council of Cornell Women


Selected as a WPO Women 2 Watch member, 2019

Listed in Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor, 2009 – 2020

  • “Top 100”, New Jersey Super Lawyers®, 2013 – 2018
  • “Top 50 Women”, New Jersey Super Lawyers®, 2012 – 2018, 2020

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 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



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


State of Connecticut 2020
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

“What to do NOW to Get Ready For Employees Returning to Work”, Panelist on Redefining the 9 to 5, moderated by The Upside, April 2020

“Battling the Bully:  My Way or the Highway”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, November 2019

“Essential Tactics to Combat Unconscious Bias”, NJHA, April 2019

“Legislative Updates and Employment Law Trends for 2019”, NJSBA Business Law Symposium, April 2019

“Legislative Updates and Employment Law Trends for 2019”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar, February 2019

“Hot Topics Overview of 2018”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law, November 2018

“How Risky is Your Business? Rating Your Company’s ‘Risk Factors’ in a #MeToo World” NAMWOLF Webinar, June, 2018

Building Emotional Intelligence with Good Communication, Presented to UPS Legal Department, February 2018

“Sexual Harassment Complaints are Surging: What’s a Good Employer to Do?” Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar, January 2018

“Effective Internal Investigations”, Presented to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ Legal Department, November 2017

“Employee Leave 101: A Primer on the FMLA, ADA and NYPFL”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law, November 2017

“Making Lemonade Out of Lemons – Turning to ADR to Resolve Employment Disputes”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, First Annual CLE Day, The Newark Club, January 2017

“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

Learn How to Revamp your Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Training Programs for Increased Business Success Combatting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, Presented to Bank of America Legal Department, June 2016

Combatting Unconscious Bias in the Workplace, Presented to TIAA, April 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

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

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

Moderator, CLE presentation on Women’s Initiatives, Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, MN, June 2010

Presentation on networking, keynote luncheon speaker, Committee on Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar of American Bar Association, Orlando, FL, February 2009

Keynote luncheon speaker, ALFA International legal network, Women’s initiative program, Washington, D.C., October 2008

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

Speaker at meeting of Gender Equity Council at the New Jersey Bar Association Law Center, June 2007

Women in Professional Service Firms: Retaining & Advancing a Diverse Team, Ark Conference, Member of panel, Orlando, Florida, December 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


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