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Robin H. Rome, ESQ.

Partner

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.

Listed in Super Lawyers®, Labor & Employment 2012-2021
-“Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey", Super Lawyers® 2013-2020
-“Top 100” Lawyers in New Jersey", Super Lawyers® 2014, 2015, 2017
Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Law Firms, Labor & Employment 2012-2017
Professional Experience
Prometric Inc., Baltimore, MD, Vice President, Legal and Contracts 2005-2008
Capstar LLC, Lawrenceville, NJ, Vice President, General Counsel and Human Resources 2004-2005
Stanton, Hughes, Mariani, Margello & Cerra, P.C., Morristown, NJ, Partner 2000-2004
Stanton, Hughes, Mariani, Margello & Cerra, P.C., Morristown, NJ, Associate 1997-2000
Roberts & Finger, New York, NY, Associate 1995-1997
White and Williams, Philadephia, PA, Associate 1993-1995
Professional Activities
Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow 2015-Present
New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association Member
National Association of Professional Women Member
New Jersey Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Member
Diversity Law Institute Member
Trial Law Institute Member
Association of Workplace Investigations Member

 

The George Washington University National Law Center, J.D. 1994
Boston College, B.A. 1991

State of New Jersey
United States District Court – District of New Jersey
State of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
United States District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Publications
Co-Author, “Anticipating and preparing for COVID-19-related employment litigation:, Thomas Reuters, Westlaw Practitioner Insights webpage July 2020
“The Costliest Employment Mistakes,What You Must Do to Protect Your Business”, Society for Design Administration, Skylines October 2012
Speaking Engagements
“Winning Strategies from a Women-Owned Law Firm”, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Podcast Episode November 2020
"Anticipating/Preparing for COVID-19 Litigation", Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar May 2020
“Battling the Bully: My Way or the Highway”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2019
“Restrictive Covenants: Both Side of the Coin”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2018
“Restrictive Covenants: Both Side of the Coin”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, 2nd Annual Employment Law CLE Day January 2018
Does Free Speech Work at Work? Conflicting Rights of Employees in the Workplace, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2017
Gender Parity Panel, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Executive Women’s Breakfast Series April 2017
Planning for Litigation Pitfalls, Nukk-Freeman and Cerra, PC, Hot Topics In Employment Law Round Table November 2016
When the Threat of Litigation Looms, How Can Employers Protect Themselves?, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics In Employment Law Round Table November 2015
Learn How to Avoid Hiring Mistakes: Proactive Strategies for Making the Right Hiring Decisions the First Time Around, Nukk-Freeman and Cerra, PC, Hot Topics In Employment Law Round Table November 2014
Recent Developments in New Jersey Law (Labor and Employment Segment), New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education July 2014
Social Media Takes Workplace Harassment to a Whole New Level, Society for Design Administration May 2014
Social Media 2:0: New Developments and Persisting Risks for Employers, Princeton Human Resources Association April 2013
Crossing the Line: Recognizing and Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace, Society for Design Administration January 2012
Hot Tips in Labor & Employment Law, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education June 2010
The Costliest Employment Mistakes: What You Must Do to Protect Your Business, Home Health Services Association of New Jersey March 2010
How to Protect Your Company from the Seven Costliest Employment Mistakes!, Morris County Chamber of Commerce October 2009
Workplace Reorganizations: Reduce Your Risks of Wrongful Termination Claims with Carefully Structured Plans, Women Presidents’ Organization Webinar November 2009
Hot Tips in Labor & Employment Law, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education June 2009
Member, Mercer County Chamber of Commerce
Participant, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Awards & Honors
Listed in Super Lawyers®, Labor & Employment 2012-2021
-“Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey", Super Lawyers® 2013-2020
-“Top 100” Lawyers in New Jersey", Super Lawyers® 2014, 2015, 2017
Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Law Firms, Labor & Employment 2012-2017
Professional Experience
Prometric Inc., Baltimore, MD, Vice President, Legal and Contracts 2005-2008
Capstar LLC, Lawrenceville, NJ, Vice President, General Counsel and Human Resources 2004-2005
Stanton, Hughes, Mariani, Margello & Cerra, P.C., Morristown, NJ, Partner 2000-2004
Stanton, Hughes, Mariani, Margello & Cerra, P.C., Morristown, NJ, Associate 1997-2000
Roberts & Finger, New York, NY, Associate 1995-1997
White and Williams, Philadephia, PA, Associate 1993-1995
Professional Activities
Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Fellow 2015-Present
New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association Member
National Association of Professional Women Member
New Jersey Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Member
Diversity Law Institute Member
Trial Law Institute Member
Association of Workplace Investigations Member
Law Education
The George Washington University National Law Center, J.D. 1994
Undergraduate Education
Boston College, B.A. 1991
Bar Admissions
State of New Jersey
United States District Court – District of New Jersey
State of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
United States District Court – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Publications
Co-Author, “Anticipating and preparing for COVID-19-related employment litigation:, Thomas Reuters, Westlaw Practitioner Insights webpage July 2020
“The Costliest Employment Mistakes,What You Must Do to Protect Your Business”, Society for Design Administration, Skylines October 2012
Speaking Engagements
“Winning Strategies from a Women-Owned Law Firm”, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Podcast Episode November 2020
"Anticipating/Preparing for COVID-19 Litigation", Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar May 2020
“Battling the Bully: My Way or the Highway”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2019
“Restrictive Covenants: Both Side of the Coin”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2018
“Restrictive Covenants: Both Side of the Coin”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, 2nd Annual Employment Law CLE Day January 2018
Does Free Speech Work at Work? Conflicting Rights of Employees in the Workplace, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar November 2017
Gender Parity Panel, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Executive Women’s Breakfast Series April 2017
Planning for Litigation Pitfalls, Nukk-Freeman and Cerra, PC, Hot Topics In Employment Law Round Table November 2016
When the Threat of Litigation Looms, How Can Employers Protect Themselves?, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, PC, Hot Topics In Employment Law Round Table November 2015
Learn How to Avoid Hiring Mistakes: Proactive Strategies for Making the Right Hiring Decisions the First Time Around, Nukk-Freeman and Cerra, PC, Hot Topics In Employment Law Round Table November 2014
Recent Developments in New Jersey Law (Labor and Employment Segment), New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education July 2014
Social Media Takes Workplace Harassment to a Whole New Level, Society for Design Administration May 2014
Social Media 2:0: New Developments and Persisting Risks for Employers, Princeton Human Resources Association April 2013
Crossing the Line: Recognizing and Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace, Society for Design Administration January 2012
Hot Tips in Labor & Employment Law, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education June 2010
The Costliest Employment Mistakes: What You Must Do to Protect Your Business, Home Health Services Association of New Jersey March 2010
How to Protect Your Company from the Seven Costliest Employment Mistakes!, Morris County Chamber of Commerce October 2009
Workplace Reorganizations: Reduce Your Risks of Wrongful Termination Claims with Carefully Structured Plans, Women Presidents’ Organization Webinar November 2009
Hot Tips in Labor & Employment Law, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education June 2009
Member, Mercer County Chamber of Commerce
Participant, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

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