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Last updated: 7/17/2014
Ms. Kerrie R. Heslin
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Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.
26 Main Street
Suite 301
New Jersey
07928  United States
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973 665.9100 (Phone)
973 665.9101 (Fax)
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  Business Litigation, Employment Law, Labor and Employment, Litigation
  New Jersey, New York
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  Kerrie R. Heslin has an expertise in employment and labor matters for management. Ms. Heslin devotes a majority of her practice to the litigation of employment matters involving discrimination, whistleblower claims, wage and hour and benefits issues on behalf of employers. She also handles counseling and litigation involving workforce reductions, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, FLSA, HIPAA and labor law issues. Ms. Heslin also counsels clients on diverse employment issues, such as training, hiring and firing of employees, employment agreements, separation agreements and releases, restrictive covenants, employment applications and policy manuals. She litigates matters in state and federal court and before administrative agencies (including state and federal EEO agencies and the Department of Labor). In addition, Ms. Heslin handles all aspects of labor matters, including negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and resolution and litigation of grievances.

Federal Judicial Clerkship:

Honorable Nicholas H. Politan (1995-1997)
United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Professional Activites, Awards, and Honors:

Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey (2012-2014)
Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey (2013, 2014)
Super Lawyers, Employment Law (2009-2014)
Named a Woman of Professional Distinction by the Executive Women of New Jersey (2010)
Garden State Woman of the Year, Professional Services, Garden State Woman Magazine (2009)
Super Lawyers Rising Star, Employment Law (2008)
Women Presidents’ Organization
Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business Steering Committee
New Jersey Women Lawyers’ Association
Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey Bar Association
Women’s Golf Association of New Jersey

Speaking Engagements:

• Background Checks: Ensuring that Your Policies and Processes Comply, Nukk-Freeman & Cerra Webinar (March 2014)
• How to Conduct a Proper Background Check, National Limousine Association, LCT Show East (October 2013)
• Costliest Mistakes Employers Make, presented to Women Presidents Organization, New York Chapter (September 2013)
• Enhancing Your Online Image: 3 Expert Views, Morris County Chamber of Commerce (March 2013)

Recent Publications:

“Building Better Contracts.” Breaking Through: Creating Opportunities for America's Women and Minority-Owned Businesses, Susan Philips Bari. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.

"Companies May Not Shield Internal Employment Law Assessments from Disclosure with Self-Critical Analysis Privilege” Co-Authored by Kerrrie R. Heslin & Nicole M. Amato, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly (Summer, 2011)

"How Can An Employer Enforce Safety Regulations On Employees Who Wear Religious Attire That Could Pose Hazards?" New Jersey Monthly (April 2009)

"Federal Court Rejects FTC Opinion that Employment Investigations by Outside Counsel are Subject to FCRA", The Job Description, Defense Research Institute (Fall 2001)

"Restrictive Covenants: Protecting Confidential and Proprietary Information", BioPharm Magazine (February 2000)

"Courts Start to Rule on Online Harassment", The National Law Journal (January 24, 2000) and New Jersey Law Journal (June 12, 2000)

"Sexual Harassment in Cyberspace: Cases Consider Employer Liability for Employee Use of E-mail, Chat Rooms, Porn Sites", Employment Law Weekly (January 27, 2000)

Professional Experience:

Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Cecchi, Stewart & Olstein, Roseland, NJ
Partner (August 2005 – March 2007); Associate (July 2002 – August 2005)
Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Newark, NJ
Associate (September 1997 – July 2002)


Seton Hall Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, Survey Editor, Law Review, 1995)
Syracuse University (B.S., Finance/Marketing, magna cum laude ,1991)


State of New Jersey, 1995
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1995
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2002

Civic/Charitable Activities:

The Newfoundland School Board of Trustees, President (2003-2007)
Maywood Board of Education, Trustee (2002-2003)
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Gala Auction Committee Chairperson (1999-2002)
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150 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 800
Chicago, IL 60601

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