Kerrie R. Heslin, Esq.

Partner

kheslin@nfclegal.com
O: 973.665.9100
D: 973.507.7620
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.

Selected as a WPO Women 2 Watch member, 2019

“Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey”, Super Lawyers (2012 – 2020)

“Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey”, Super Lawyers (2013, 2015-2020)

Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment Law (2009 – 2016)

Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation Defense (2017, 2019 – 2020)

Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, (2018)

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)

*The Super Lawyers® list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/selection_process.html. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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

National Association of Minority Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), Board of Directors 2019 - Present
Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow 2015 - Present
Women Presidents Organization 2012 - Present
NAMWOLF, PAC Oversight Committee 2019 - Present
NAMWOLF, Co-Chair, CLE/Webinar Subcommittee, Labor & Employment PAC 2016 - 2019
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
Executives' Association of New Jersey Member

Judicial Clerkship

Honorable Nicholas H. Politan, United States District Court, District of New Jersey 1995 - 1997

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

Legal Guidelines for Workplace Re-Entry, Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (June 2020)

Identifying High Performers to Increase Your Hiring Success, presented to Edward Jones CLE (June 2020)

COVID-19 Return to Work Checklist, National Association of Professional Organizers – New York (May 2020)

Anticipating and Preparing for COVID-19 Employment Litigation, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar (May 2020)

COVID-19 Awareness – Employment Law Q&A #2, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar (April 2020) 

 COVID-19 Update, Executives Association of New Jersey (April 2020)

COVID-19 Awareness – Employment Law Q&A, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar (March 2020)

 Impact of a Pandemic – HR Practices webinar, Women Presidents’ Organization (March 2020)

Keeping Up With Employment Laws: What Every NY Employer and Employee Need to Know, Rockland Business Women’s Network (January 2020)

Employment Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions: Maximizing Value & Minimizing Risk, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra webinar (January 2020)

“Overview of the Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar (November 2019)

Staying Power: Retaining Diverse and Female Attorneys, New Jersey Defense Association (November 2019)

Hot Topics in Employment Law, Executives Association of New Jersey (September 2019)

Hot Topics in Employment Law, WPO Monmouth County (September 2019)

Social Media: New Developments & Persisting Risks for Employers webinar, International Executives Association (June 2019)

Clearing the Haze: What Does Weed in the Workplace Mean to Employers?, The Hershey Company Legal and Human Resources Department (April 2019)

New York Employment Law Changes, WPO NY 3 (March 2019)

Why and How to Hire an Attorney for Your Business, WPEO Sage Advice Program (February 2019)

Preventing Scandals – Zero Tolerance for Zero EQ in the Legal Practice and at Trial, NAMWOLF Driving Diversity & Leadership Conference (February 2019)

Hot Topics in Employment Law, Vistage (January 2019)

Tackling Pay Equity, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, In-House Counsel Seminar (October 2018)

NJ Pay Equity Law: Everything You Need To Know About Conducting a Pay Equity Audit, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar (June 2018)

Managing Communications When Faced with a Harassment Claim, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar (April 2018)

Overview of the Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates of 2017, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar (November 2017)

Social Media: New Developments & Persisting Risks for Employers, Presented to State Farm Insurance Legal Team on behalf of NAMWOLF, Bloomindale, IL (October 2017)

OMG, There is evidence in my pocket!?, presented at NAMWOLF Annual Conference (September 2017)

Social Media in the Workplace and the Courtroom, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar (May 2017)

Planning for Litigation Pitfalls, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar (April 2017)

5 Game Changing Employment Law Challenges for 2017, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Webinar

(February 2017)

Restrictive Covenants that Will Hold Up in Court, presented 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, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Breakfast Seminar (November 2016)

Social Media Developments and Risks Facing Employers, presented to Walmart (October 2016)

The Great Debate: Managing Electoral Politics in the Workplace, presented at 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 Corporation of North America (February 2016)

Recent Publications

Co-Author, “Anticipating and preparing for COVID-19-related employment litigation:, Thomas Reuters, Westlaw Practitioner Insights webpage, July 2020

“Building Better Contracts” chapter in 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”, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly (June 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) and New Jersey Law Journal (June 2000)

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

“Building Better Contracts” chapter in 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”, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly (June 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) and New Jersey Law Journal (June 2000)

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

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