Robin H. Rome is a seasoned practitioner with both law firm and in-house experience. With over 25 years as a litigator, she is skilled at defending companies and management in all types of employment and commercial cases, including claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, and state law violations. She practices in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative and regulatory agencies such as the EEOC, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania civil right divisions, and federal and state Departments of Labor. She has developed a niche representing financial services clients in employment, expungement and promissory note cases before FINRA. Ms. Rome also has extensive experience counseling clients on a variety of issues involving disciplinary actions and discharge, employee leaves, wage and hour compliance/audits, drafting and enforcement of company policies, and state and federal laws such as Title VII, the ADEA, the FMLA and the ADA.
In addition to her litigation and counseling work, Ms. Rome has significant experience conducting workplace investigations. She has served as an independent investigator in several high-level matters involving workplace misconduct and employee complaints of unlawful treatment. She frequently conducts training sessions on workplace harassment, discrimination and ethics, and presents seminars on employment-related issues for organizations such as the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and other industry and professional organizations.
As the former head of the Legal Departments for two multi-million dollar companies, Ms. Rome is adept at understanding business needs, mitigating risks, and providing focused advice to achieve business goals. In her in-house positions, Ms. Rome appeared before tribunals and agencies throughout the country, including state and federal courts and administrative bodies such as the wage and hour division, the Attorney General’s office and state discrimination and consumer protection agencies. Her hands-on experience includes an executive position leading a Human Resources department responsible for over 800 employees and all aspects of personnel relations such as training and development, payroll, benefits administration, supervisory support, and the handling of employee complaints. As a key member of teams responsible for corporate acquisitions, Ms. Rome has unique expertise in the field of due diligence, legally-compliant workforce reductions, separation agreements, and the post-sale integration of personnel and employment practices.