Phillip J. Lipari, Esq.

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About Phillip

Phillip J. Lipari assists businesses – from small companies to Fortune 50 corporations – in all aspects of employment law, including litigation, investigations, counseling, and employee training.

In litigation, Phill has successfully represented clients before federal and state courts, arbitration panels, and administrative agencies. Phill’s experience covers a wide-array of employment law issues, including discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage and hour, restrictive covenant, and benefits/leave actions under federal employment statutes and their state analogs.

Outside of litigation, Phill was a Director, Employee Relations at UBS AG, where he investigated employee concerns, delivered training presentations and counselled groups within the Company regarding various topics, including discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, compliance, contracts, policies, onboarding, discipline, and performance management. While Phill has experience representing and advising clients across many industries, he has developed niche expertise servicing clients in the financial sector. At NFC, Phill continues to counsel companies, act as a neutral investigator, and deliver dynamic and interactive training sessions regarding discrimination, harassment, implicit bias, and human resources best practices to clients around the nation.



Listed in Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star”, Employment & Labor 2020

Listed in Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star”, Employment Litigation: Defense , 2014-2017, 2019

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Professional Experience

UBS AG, Director, Employee Relations, Weehawken, New Jersey & New York, New York 2017 - 2018
Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C., Counsel, Chatham, New Jersey 2015 - 2017
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, Associate, Princeton, New Jersey 2010 - 2015



Seton Hall University School of Law
J.D., cum laude
Associate Comments Editor, Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law
Boston College
B.A., magna cum laude


United States District Court, Western District of New York 2018
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
State of New York 2011
State of New Jersey 2010
United States District Court, District of New Jersey 2010

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

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

“Legislative & Strategic Trends in the Aftermath of the ‘Me Too’ Movement”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, Panel Presentation, November 2018

“Headline News: The Permissibility and Best practices Respecting Mandatory Arbitration Agreements”, Labor and Employment Practice Area Committee CLE, presented at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Business Meeting, February 2017

Recent Successes

Branch v. Prestige Management Services, Inc., Superior Court of New Jersey, October 13, 2017, Docket No. BER-L-03287-15; obtained summary judgment and complete dismissal of Plaintiff’s LAD, wage payment and common law claims.

Ruffin v. Allstate Insurance Company, United States District Court, D. New Jersey, September 30, 2016, Civil Case No. 15-cv-00501; obtained total dismissal of complaint alleging discrimination and retaliation under Section 1981, the FMLA, the ADA and Title VII.

Revera Inc. v. Stuart H. Lindeman, et al., United States District Court, D. New Jersey, April 29, 2015, Civil Case No. 12-cv-05051; defeated summary judgment on all claims brought against employee for violations of non-solicitation agreement and related causes of action.

Patrick M. O’Donnell, et al. v. Nightlife, DBA Dusk, et al., Superior Court of New Jersey, March 15, 2013, Docket No. L-00398-12, affirmed on April 17, 2014, 2014 WL 1491415; obtained total dismissal of Plaintiffs’ CEPA, wage and hour, breach of contract and fraud claims; affirmed by New Jersey Appellate Division.

Degangi v. Regus Business Management, LLC, et al., Supreme Court of the State of New York, March 28, 2013, Index No.: 158564/2012; obtained total dismissal of Complaint in suit based upon various employer liability and negligence theories.

McGovern v. Southwest Airlines, United States District Court, D. New Jersey, January 8, 2013, Civil Action No. 12-cv-03579; obtained total dismissal of the Complaint and termination of all of Plaintiff’s claims in NJLAD case.

Kuszmaul v. Sterling Life Ins. Co., Supreme Court of Montana, July 20, 2012, No. DA 11-0500; obtained summary judgment in action arising under state wrongful discharge statute; upheld by Montana Supreme Court.

Carter v. Biomat USA, United States District Court, E.D. Pennsylvania. February 24, 2012, Civil Action No. 10-cv-04479; obtained summary judgment dismissing race discrimination and retaliation claims.

Cooper v. Biomat USA, United States District Court, E.D. Pennsylvania. August 31, 2011, Civil Action No. 10-cv-05356; obtained summary judgment dismissing race discrimination case.


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