Katherin Nukk-Freeman is the co-founder of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC. Leveraging more than 20 years of success as a trusted advisor to corporate leaders, Katherin enables companies to proactively address and effectively manage workplace issues related to harassment and discrimination complaints, unconscious bias, disability and leave law, wage and hour disputes, social media risks, staff reductions in force, and high-risk terminations. Katherin works with human resources management professionals providing expert guidance and instruction enabling them to better manage and proactively address their training programs and many other employment law issues thereby avoiding costly litigation for their companies.
As a dynamic employment law training instructor and industry thought leader, Katherin partners with clients to develop and implement strategies to manage risk, comply with the law, increase productivity and create an overall better workplace. Katherin is a frequent presenter on employment law issues and has authored countless articles on current employment law “hot topics”. As a champion for forward-looking employment law solutions, Katherin is considered the industry leader on the subject of addressing “Unconscious Bias” in the workplace.
Selected as a WPO Women 2 Watch member, 2019
Named a New Jersey Law Journal “New Jersey Trailblazer” 2019
AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale Hubbell
Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” Employment Law Management & Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”.
Recognized by Best Lawyers® since 2018.
Listed in Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor (2010-2020)
Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Law Firms, Labor & Employment, 2010 – 2017
Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Magazine as one of the “New York Area’s Top AV Rated Lawyers”, 2014
Named to “Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs” by Leading Women Entrepreneurs and NJ Monthly Magazine, 2012
“Women’s Business Enterprise Star”, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), 2009
“Top 50 Women in Business”, NJ BIZ, 2009
Named one of Business News New Jersey’s “40 Under 40 Outstanding Achievers”, 2002
Recipient of “Twin Award”, a Tribute to Women and Industry, 2003
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|ConnectOne Bancorp, Inc., Board of Directors||2018 - Present|
|C200 Protege Program, Member||2014 - Present|
|National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)||2009 - Present|
|Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Advisory Board Member||2009 – Present|
|Women Presidents' Organization||2002 – Present|
|Women Presidents' Organization, Platinum membership||2002 - Present|
|Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association||2010 - 2017|
|Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Board of Directors||2013 - 2016|
|New York Society of Security Analysts, Board of Directors||2010 - 2014|
|Board of Trustees, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Human Resources Committee||2004 - 2010|
|The Healthcare Marketing & Communications Council, General Counsel to Board of Trustees||2005 - 2009|
|Board of Trustees, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Human Resources Committee||1999- 2008|
|Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, PC., Newark, NJ
|2000 – 2006|
|Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, PC., Newark, NJ
|1996 – 2000|
|Downey, Brand, Seymour and Rohwer, Sacramento, CA
|1993 – 1996|
|Boston College Law School
|Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Dual Major: Finance & Accounting, Honors
University Scholars Program
|State of California||1993|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of California||1993|
|State of New Jersey||1996|
|United States District Court for the District of New Jersey||1996|
|Board of Trustees, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Parliamentarian and Human Resources Committee||2004 - 2010|
RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
Quoted in “It’s Not Always Clear What Constitutes Sexual Harassment. Use this Tool to Navigate the Gray Areas”, Harvard Business Review, June 19 2018.
Quoted in “Female Employment Lawyers Find Edge in Starting Own Firms“, Bloomberg BNA, Business of Law Feature, June 29, 2017.
“Achieving Balance: Suzanne M. Cerra and Katherin Nukk-Freeman Reveal How a Flexible, Team-Based Business Model Benefits Fee-Earners and Clients“, co-authored with Suzanne M. Cerra, Esq, Managing Partner Magazine (Volume 15 Issue 2), 2012
“COBRA Subsidies Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: How Will They Impact Businesses?”, co-authored with Suzanne M. Cerra, Esq., New Jersey Defense (Volume 25, Issue 2), 2009
“We Can Have it All”, New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association Gala Journal, co-authored with Suzanne M. Cerra, Esq., 2009
“FMLA Violations – Do Your Merit Increase and Bonus Plans Comply?”, The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, 2005
“Some States Mandate Harassment Training. A Sign of Things to Come for New Jersey Employers?”, Bollinger Solutions, 2005
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