Jeri, Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment practice area, focuses primarily on employment law, with an emphasis on drafting and negotiating complex employment-related documentation, such as executive employment, consulting, restrictive covenant, commission, bonus, retention, change-in-control and severance agreements. Jeri counsels employers on a broad range of employment matters, including hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, family and medical leaves, disability leaves and accommodations, anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws, wage and hour compliance, and reductions in workforce. She works closely with management, in-house counsel, and human resources personnel in the development and implementation of employment policies and handbooks that comply with applicable law and are consistent with the employer's unique practices and organizational culture. Jeri also advises clients on the employment aspects of M&A deals and other corporate transactions.
- Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
- New Jersey
- Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif (1990)
- George Washington University, B.B.A., summa cum laude (1987)
- Voted a 2019 Monmouth County Top Lawyer,* Monmouth Health & Life, November 2019
- Voted a 2018 Monmouth County Top Lawyer,* Monmouth Health & Life, November 2018
- Fortune 300 Company: Represented client in 4 separate recent acquisitions; drafted and negotiated complex executive employment agreements between the client and the founder of the acquired businesses, each of whom were integral to the value of the business being purchased.
- Publicly-held Pharmaceutical Company: Represented client during a major workforce reorganization, which included 2 plant closures, staff relocations and a series of 9 reductions in workforce; worked closely with the client's legal and human resources departments to ensure the orderly separation of more than 600 employees and to minimize associated legal risks and business disruption; provided advice related to federal and state WARN act issues, wage and hour laws, OWBPA requirements and severance arrangements; prepared and negotiated severance agreements.
- Publicly-held REIT: Advised client on a wide-array of unique employment matters in the context of the "spin-off" of one of its divisions.
- Private Equity Firm: Represented large private equity client in connection with a high risk and sensitive termination of the CEO of one of its portfolio companies.
- Private Equity Firm: Represented private equity firm in the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements for the senior executives of a large portfolio company.
- Corporate Boards: Advised and represented boards of numerous organizations in the drafting and negotiation of employment agreements with their executives in anticipation of an initial public offering.
- Executive Representation: Represented the in-coming President of one of the nation's largest civil rights organizations in connection with the negotiation of his employment agreement.
- Nationwide Retailer: Conducted an employment law audit on behalf of a retail client with more than 500 stores in virtually all states.
- Several GH&C Attorneys Named "Monmouth County's Top Lawyers 2021"
- Federal Government Enacts Emergency Family Leave and Paid Sick Leave Laws in Response to COVID-19 Virus
- DOL Final Overtime Rule Postponed
- "NJ On the Verge of Requiring Severance Benefits for Employees During Mass Layoffs," NJ Labor & Employment Law Blog, January 21, 2020
- "Do You Have Employees in New York or Do Business with the State of New York? If So, New Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Requirements Now Apply to You." NJ Labor & Employment Law Blog, November 15, 2018
- "Much to the Satisfaction of Employers Across the State, Governor Christie Vetoes 2 Employment Law Bills," NJ Labor & Employment Law Blog, August 16, 2017
- "What Should An Employer Do When An Ill or Injured Employee Has No Available Leave?" NJ Labor & Employment Law Blog, April 7, 2017
- "Dealing with Problem Employees," NJ Labor & Employment Law Blog, March 2, 2017
- "Morristown Newest Municipality to Require Paid Sick Leave," NJ Labor & Employment Law Blog, January 17, 2017
- Legal & Legislative Updates 2005-2015
- "An Arbitration Provision in Your Employee Handbook Is Not Enough," NJ Labor & Employment Law Blog, January 27, 2016
- "NJ Supreme Court Upholds Whistleblower Protections For "Watchdog" Employees," NJ Labor & Employment Law Blog, July 16, 2015
- "Offer Letters and Employment Agreements: Questions & Answers," October 2003
- "Employers Must Use Revised FCRA Notices," January 9, 2013