Recognized by Chambers USA as one of New Jersey’s top labor and employment firms, our Newark office provides a full range of labor and employment services to businesses of all sizes in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area, and throughout the United States. Our practice, devoted exclusively to labor and employment law, capitalizes on Proskauer’s national platform to provide comprehensive service to some of the world’s preeminent companies that are headquartered in New Jersey and beyond. We represent many Fortune 500 employers based in New Jersey—Bristol-Myers Squibb, Prudential Financial, Honeywell International, Bed Bath & Beyond, JVC Americas, A&P—and those with a significant presence in the state such as Hess, T-Mobile, NBC-Universal, MetLife, Bank of America, and Citigroup.
Forty lawyers strong, our ranks include some of the most talented and experienced employment lawyers in the country. Three of our partners are rated by Chambers USA as "leading" lawyers in their respective disciplines, and four Newark office lawyers are recognized in New Jersey Super Lawyers. Having repeatedly been selected by the Employers Association of New Jersey to write amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of New Jersey in far-reaching cases, we have assumed a leading role in shaping the very contours of New Jersey employment law and its consequences for employers.
We are known for handling complex employment litigations, including class and collective actions. We provide skilled representation in discrimination, harassment, whistle blower and wage and hour cases, and are frequently called upon to litigate the enforceability of various post-employment restraints such as non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality agreements and other restrictive covenants.
Our New Jersey office also boasts a significant and seasoned traditional labor relations practice. Our lawyers represent employers in complex matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and collective bargaining agreements, including unfair labor practice charges, organizational drives and arbitrations. We also negotiate labor agreements and advise employers regarding the labor law issues that arise in mergers and acquisitions or when businesses restructure.
Our nationally renowned employee benefits litigation practice handles cutting-edge litigation and counseling in cases involving denial of benefits, breach of fiduciary duty and other issues implicating ERISA. Our contingent of Newark-based ERISA litigators are key players in the firm's national practice, which Chambers USA refers to as an "ERISA litigation juggernaut."
We are trusted business advisors to our clients. We advise employers on day-to-day human resource issues such as hiring practices, discipline, reductions in force and other terminations, wage and hour issues and compliance audits, immigration issues, accommodations, and employee complaints. We also counsel employers on steps to take in order to avoid costly litigation and government investigations.
Newark is home to Proskauer’s highly-regarded national Immigration Nationality Group, which assists companies across the country in obtaining the work authorizations and visas necessary to hire foreign nationals or transfer executives between countries, and defends employers against claimed immigration violations. Our immigration work includes pro bono asylum cases, including The List Project, which resettles Iraqi refugees who are at risk because they had assisted U.S. forces.
Enjoying an exceptional reputation, and unparalleled experience and bench strength in labor, employment, immigration and benefits law, our office is proud, as well, to be the only law firm named in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s "Great Places To Work" in New Jersey.