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Claudia A. Reis

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Phone: (973) 845-9922

360 Mt Kemble Ave
#1004
Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Claudia’s Understanding of the Law and People’s Motivations Leads to Success

While a deep knowledge of New Jersey employment law is important, the successful representation of employees in employment claims requires so much more. Over the course of twenty years practicing employment law, Claudia Reis has learned that understanding relationships and what motivates the people in those relationships is as important as knowing the law. That is because while work is primarily a means to maintaining financial well-being, people’s careers and job performance provide real senses of pride, self-worth, and accomplishment. Those things are often shattered when employees are unlawfully discriminated against, harassed, or retaliated against at work or unlawfully fired. As a result, in addition to facing substantial financial setbacks, employees who suffer discrimination, retaliation, or harassment are also left to cope with real emotional upheaval and losses of confidence that impact them in various ways for many years to come. Having an employment attorney who not only understands this but can effectively communicate it to company lawyers, judges, and juries is the difference between an employment lawyer whose scope of knowledge is limited to the law and one who effectively represents clients.

She Has Helped Thousands of Employees Get Back on Their Feet and Regain Their Dignity

Claudia recognizes that employment law is intensely personal. For that reason, she makes sure to understand who her clients are now, how that changed from before they were illegally targeted, what their goals are, and how to best achieve those goals whether through negotiations, mediation, litigation, or arbitration. The way that Claudia approaches employment law has put thousands of employees back on their feet after professional setbacks and allowed them to move forward with their dignity, reputations, and financial well-being intact. While she has found a calling in helping clients through some of the worst times in their lives to finding their footing and strength again, she also finds fulfillment in knowing that her efforts often have positive impacts on workplaces for countless other employees – one employer at a time.

Claudia’s Experience With Employer Strategies is a True Advantage

But Claudia also understands that successfully guiding employees through unlawful terminations or workplace discrimination, retaliation or harassment also requires a deep understanding of the labor market, business strategies, and employer motivations. This is where Claudia’s experience really sets her apart from other New Jersey employment lawyers. To get in employers’ heads and to better understand their attorneys’ tactical and strategic maneuvering, Claudia worked for one of the largest national employment defense firms. There, she developed a deep knowledge of what motivates employers as well as how they hide evidence of illegal discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, how they dismantle plaintiffs’ claims, and how they try to justify unlawful firings. Once she returned to representing employees in employment claims, Claudia Reis put that knowledge to work for the benefit of New Jersey employees. Her dogged determination and insistence on obtaining justice has resulted in the successful resolution of thousands of employment claims.

Claudia’s Excellence is Recognized by Her Peers

Because of the successful results achieved on behalf of her clients, Claudia Reis is recognized by New Jersey employment attorneys representing both employers and employees. For example, she has been named among the Top 50 New Jersey Women Super Lawyers receiving the most votes from other members of the bar, and she was included in the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers in 2016 and 2017. Also, she has been selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers’ list in the areas of labor and employment law and plaintiffs' employment litigation since 2006 when she was among only 2.5% of attorneys in the State named to the Risings Stars list*. In 2018, Claudia was designated Lawyer of the Year in the field of Employment Law-Individuals for the Newark Metropolitan Area by Best Lawyers in America based upon the votes of her peers in the labor and employment law bar. Claudia has also been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America list in the practice area of labor and employment law since 2017*.

She is Frequently Asked to Lecture on and Write About Employment Law

Claudia also frequently lectures and writes articles about employment law for various organizations and groups such as the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the National Employment Lawyers Association/New Jersey, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – New Jersey, the New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, and county bar organizations as well as employment defense groups.

She Has Risen Through the Employment Law Ranks to Positions of Prominence

She has ascended to leadership positions in various employment law organizations in New Jersey such as being a past-President of the National Employment Lawyers Association/New Jersey (NELA-NJ), a member of the Executive Section of the Labor & Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, as well as the former Secretary, Acting Treasurer, and a Board Member of NELA-NJ. She is also a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), and a Barrister with the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court.

Education

J.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, New Jersey, 2001
Honors: Teaching Assistant for the Legal Research and Writing Program, Teaching Assistant for Constitutional Law Class

B.A., Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1995

Bar Admission New Jersey, 2001
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2002
Professional Associations

American Arbitration Association
Arbitrator, 2019 - Present

National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
Judicial Nominations Committee, 2016 - Present

NELA-NJ
President, 2012 - 2016
Acting Treasurer, 2018
Secretary, Amicus Committee Co-Chair, Member of the Board of Directors, 2008-2012
Member, 2006 - Present

New Jersey State Bar Association
Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Committee Member, 2011 - Present
Labor & Employment Quarterly, Managing Editor, 2012 - 2017

American Bar Association
Labor and Employment Section, Member, 2002 - Present

Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court
Barrister, 2002 - Present

New Jersey Women’s Lawyers Association
2006 - Present

Representative Cases
  • Rost v. Pfizer, Inc., 248 F.R.D. 417 S.D.N.Y. 2008
  • Cutler v. Dorn, 196 N.J. 419, 2008
  • Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright-Corp, 204 N.J. 239, 2010
Honors
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2016 - Present
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, Top 100 Attorneys in New Jersey, Thomson Reuters, 2016, 2017
  • Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law – Individuals, Newark Metropolitan Area, Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2017 - Present
  • New Jersey Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, Labor and Employment Law, 2014 - Present
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2006 - 2013
  • David Solomon Award, Sidney Reitman, Employment Law American Inn of Court, 2011
Past Positions
  • Green, Savits & Lenzo, LLC, Partner, 2009 - 2014, Associate, 2007 - 2009
  • Deutsch Atkins, PC, Associate, 2006
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, Associate, 2005
  • Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., Associate, 2001 - 2004
Classes & Seminars
  • Adjunct Professor (Co-Teacher), Undergraduate Negotiations Class, Seton Hall University
Languages
  • Portuguese (fluent)
  • Spanish (conversant)
Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Professional and Knowledgeable Attorney. At what was supposed to be the highest point in my career suddenly became the most harassing and lowest point of my career and I was passed over for a promotion. Not because the other person was more qualified than I was, but because I followed the law and did the right thing and the people I worked for did not like that. After researching several attorneys, my wife and I found Claudia, and the decision to retain her was the best decision we ever made. After explaining our case to Claudia, we found that she was not only extremely professional but a very caring human being. Throughout the entire process of our case, Claudia was there with us every step of the way. She explained every single proceeding that we had to go through and guided us, not only as a professional attorney in and out of court, but personally as a caring and understanding person. Because of her extensive working knowledge of employment and labor laws, Claudia was able to successfully resolve our case. My wife and I will always be extremely grateful for Claudia’s hard work and dedication, and we highly recommend Claudia Reis to anyone seeking an attorney who practices in employment and labor laws." John
★★★★★
"Professionalism, integrity, and determination. Outstanding representation! Chris Lenzo did an outstanding job in my employment discrimination case. He responded to my questions in a timely fashion, provided clear communication through each step of the process, and handled my case in an honest and straight forward manner. Chris’s expertise in employment law along with his hard work ensured justice would prevail in my case and got me the compensation I deserved. Likewise, Chris’s law firm staff was professional, courteous, organized, and effective. I highly recommend Chirs Lenzo’s firm to anyone with an employment legal matter in New Jersey or New York." Sofia
★★★★★
"Remarkable professional. I have worked with Ms. Reis and her firm for the past three years. During the consultation process, you will immediately experience her compassion as she offers suggestions and guides you through the difficult situation you are dealing with. Her attention to detail, timely follow up and candid manner ensured me that I was well-protected and represented. Ms. Reis always went above and beyond to protect me legally. She is a very strong and tough (when necessary) advocate for the individual she represents. Her support staff is equally diligent. I would recommend her without reservation." A.M.