Suzanne M. Cerra has devoted her legal career to representing employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination matters. She also has extensive experience in matters involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the protection of trade secrets and confidential information. Ms. Cerra has represented hundreds of clients in state and federal court proceedings, FINRA (formerly NASD) and arbitration proceedings, and before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and the New York Human Rights Division. She also has extensive experience providing compliance counseling to her clients regarding all state and federal employment laws and assisting clients with issues relating to discrimination, harassment, leaves of absence, wrongful discharge, wage and hour laws, restrictive covenants and unfair competition. . Ms. Cerra also is called upon regularly by her peers to conduct internal investigations into claims of unlawful harassment, discrimination and other allegations of workplace misconduct.
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association • President (2013 - 2014) • President Elect (2012 – 2013) • Vice President (2011 – 2012) • Chief Financial Officer (2010 – 2011)
Labor and Employment Law Section, New Jersey Bar Association, Exec. Committee (2003 – Present) NJSBA Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Editorial Board (2003 – Present) The Park Avenue Club, Board of Directors (2014 – Present) Entrepreneur’s Organization, New Jersey Chapter, Board of Directors (2009 – 2013) Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys, Member (2014 - Present)
Honors and Awards:
Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law (2013) Listed in Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2009 - 2014) • Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers (2010 - 2014) • Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers (2010 - 2014) Listed as a Band 1 attorney in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Law Firms, Labor & Employment (2010 - 2014) Named Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneur by Leading Women Entrepreneurs & NJ Monthly (2012) Named Best 50 Women in Business by NJ Biz (2011) Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, New Jersey, Finalist (June 2009) Honored by U.S. Small Business Administration as New Jersey Women in Business Champion of the Year (2009) AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
• The High Price of Misclassification: Are You Properly Classifying Interns and Volunteers?, presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (January 2014) • Workplace Investigations, presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (Professional & Ethical Implications of Gender Bias in the Practice of Law, presented by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the Essex County Bar Foundation (October 2013) • In House Counsel and the Attorney Client Privilege, presented by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra (October 2013) • The Pros and Cons of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Movement, presented by Nukk-Freeman & Cerra (May 2013) • Bring Your Own Device Movement, presented at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Business Meeting (February 2013)
Co-author, Achieving Balance: Suzanne M. Cerra and Katherin Nukk-Freeman Reveal How a Flexible, Team-Based Business Model Benefits Fee-Earners and Clients., Managing Partner Magazine (Volume 15 Issue 2; October 2012)
"Monitoring Electronic Communications and Social Media Usage in the Workplace: What are the Limits?", New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly (volume 32, No. 2), co-authored with Galit Kierkut, Esq.
"COBRA Subsidies Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: How Will They Impact Businesses?", New Jersey Defense (Volume 25, Issue 2; Spring 2009), co-authored with Katherin Nukk-Freeman, Esq.
"We Can Have it All", New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association Gala Journal (April 2009), co-authored with Katherin Nukk-Freeman, Esq.
"Elements of an Effective Harassment Investigation", New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly (Winter 2007)
Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C., Short Hills, NJ Co-founder and Principal (January 2006 – Present)
Law Office of Suzanne M. Cerra, Basking Ridge, NJ Founder and Principal (October 2003 – January 2006)
Graduate, Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia Law School (1999)
Boston College Law School (J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, 1993) Bucknell University (B.S., cum laude,1990)
State of New Jersey, 1993 United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1993
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, “Power of the Promise” Fundraising Committee Kevin J. Hannaford, Sr. Foundation, Committee Member
JEN Electric, Inc. v. County of Essex, -- N.J. --, 2009 WL 529154 (March 4, 2009) Terrell v. Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc., 352 N.J. Super.109 (App. Div. 2001) Johnson v. Penske Truck Leasing Co., 949 F. Supp. 1153 (D.N.J. 1996) Scudder v. Media General, Inc., 1995 WL 495945 (D.N.J. 1995).