Rachel M. Manne, Esq.

Senior Counsel

P: 973.665.9100
F: 973.665.9101

For me, the most gratifying aspect of practicing employment law is the long term relationships I’ve developed with my clients and the satisfaction that comes from delivering effective solutions to their unique business needs.

About Rachel

Rachel Manne has an expertise in counseling corporate clients on a broad range of employment law issues. She regularly partners with clients to assist in making key decisions relating to workplace issues. As part of her practice, Ms. Manne also regularly drafts employer policies, handbooks, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and separation agreements. Ms. Manne further provides employment law training to large and mid-sized companies and small businesses on a variety of topics, including preventing harassment and discrimination, FMLA, ADA and effective performance management. In advising clients on potential legal risks, Ms. Manne brings an extensive background in employment litigation through which she has successfully handled matters involving discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, executive compensation, contractual agreements, defamation, and wage and hour laws. In addition to her representations in federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York, Ms. Manne has represented clients before arbitration panels, including FINRA, and has defended claims brought before administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York Division of Human Rights and the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights.

Listed in Super Lawyers®, Employment & Labor, 2018

Listed in Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star”, Employment & Labor, 2010 – 2015

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.


Federal Judicial Clerkship

Honorable Lawrence M. McKenna
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
2001 - 2002

Professional Experience

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York, NY
Associate, Employment Law Department
2004 – 2008
Davis, Polk & Wardwell, New York, NY
Associate, Litigation Department
2000 – 2004



Fordham University School of Law
J.D., cum laude and Order of the Coif
Fordham Law Review
Cornell University
B.S. Human Service Studies


State of New York 2001
State of New Jersey 2000
United States District Court, District of New Jersey 2000
United States District Court, Southern District of New York 2002
United States District Court, Eastern District of New York 2002

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

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

“Beyond the Bathroom – Best Practices for Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Webinar, October 2017

“Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between “, Employment Law Seminar, May 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

“Wage and Hour Landmines: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Company”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Round Table, November 2015

“Conducting an Effective Workplace Investigation”, presented to NJRIMS, May 2015

“Background Checks: Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Webinar, March 2015

“Background Checks: Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P. C. Webinar March 2014

Recent Publications

“Preparing for the Separation Agreement ‘Fire Drill'”, New Jersey Law Journal, June 2016

“Employee Social Media Accounts: What Employers Can and Can’t Do”, New Jersey Law Journal, December 2013

“Large Firm Life, Positive Lifestyle Changes”, New York Law Journal, June 1, 2007

“Large Firm Life, Reliving Little League Days”, New York Law Journal, February 2, 2007

“Playing Favorites in the Workplace”, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, co-authored with Kevin B. Leblang, November 2005

Recent Successes

Obtained dismissal of NJLAD claim through successful filing of Motion to Dismiss in New Jersey Superior Court.

Obtained “No Probable Cause” determination from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in which Complainant alleged age discrimination and retaliation.

Obtained dismissal of claim for expungement of Form U-5 in FINRA Arbitration.

Obtained dismissal of CEPA claim on summary judgment in New Jersey state court.

Obtained Third Circuit affirmance of Motion to Dismiss involving claims under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Americans with Disabilities as Amended Act.

Obtained two “No Probable Cause” determinations in matters before the New York Division on Human Rights in which Complainants alleged sexual orientation discrimination.