Ryan S. Carlson, Esq.


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I value uniting with employers to deliver practical solutions for their workplace needs and an aggressive but personalized defense when litigation cannot be avoided.

About Ryan

Ryan S. Carlson focuses his practice on the representation of management in employment litigation matters under state and federal law, with an emphasis in defending claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, whistle-blowing, and litigation involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Ryan’s litigation experience also extends to trial, having assisted with defending an employer in a wrongful termination action throughout a trial lasting several weeks. Ryan also handles traditional labor matters, including grievance arbitrations, union avoidance, counseling and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.  He represents clients in federal and state courts and administrative proceedings including the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, New York State Division of Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Department of Labor, the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. In addition to his litigation practice, Ryan conducts internal investigations and counsels employers regularly regarding compliance issues and litigation avoidance, as well as the preparation of handbooks, arbitration agreements, separation agreements and policy drafting.

Listed in Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star”, Employment Litigation:

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Employment and Labor (2016, 2018)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Employment Litigation: Defense (2017, 2019 – 2020)

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Professional Experience

Jackson Lewis P.C.
2015 - 2016
Giordano Halleran & Ciesla, P.C., Red Bank, NJ 2012 - 2015
Mets Schiro & McGovern, LLP, Iselin, NJ 2010 - 2012

Professional Activities

Barrister, John C. Lifland Inn of Court
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association
Member, Labor and Employment Section, New Jersey Bar Association
Member, Executives Association of New Jersey (EANJ)
Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Board of Directors, The Community Health Law Project



Delaware Law School, Widener University
J.D., Magna Cum Laude
Widener Law Review
Program of International and Comparative Law, Sydney, Australia
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
B.A., High Honors


State of New Jersey 2010
State of New York 2011
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey 2011
Southern District of New York 2013
State of Pennsylvania 2016
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 2018
Eastern District of New York 2019

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

Recent Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • “Anticipating & Preparing for COVID-19 Employment Litigation”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, November 2020
  • “Anticipating & Preparing for COVID-19 Employment Litigation”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC Webinar, May 2020
  • COVID-19 Employment Litigation NFC Webinar, May 2020
  • “Discussions by Domain” podcast – an interactive session focused on critical information relating to COVID-19 and its impact on employment law, April 2020
  • “Avoiding Employment Litigation in 2020…an overview of the most significant judicial decisions and legislative updates in NJ and NY”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar, February 2020
  • “Overview of Most Significant Judicial Decisions & Legislative Updates”, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra PC Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, November 2019
  • “New Jersey Employment Law Update” CEO Network, November, 2019
  • “Hot Topics in Employment Law” Executives Association of New Jersey, September 2019

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