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The Challenge of Selecting a New Jersey Employment Law Attorney

An employee may be subject to a hostile work environment based on one’s religion, the demand that one submit to unwelcome sexual advances by a supervisor or other forms of employment discrimination, but many employees are not sure how to proceed.  While the employee should seek redress by speaking to the party engaging in the conduct, it may be necessary to lodge a complaint with the human resources department if the perpetrator does not relent.  If the employer fails to take effective action to prevent the harassment or discrimination or punishes the employee who makes the complaint, the employee should seek legal advice.

Evaluation methods for screening an employment discrimination lawyer

The problem is that most employees find the process of selecting an employment law attorney difficult.  Although a significant number of employees may know an attorney, employment law is a specialized area of practice so a general practitioner that dabbles in employment law can torpedo a viable claim.  You should consider  a number of factors when selecting an employment law firm in New Jersey:

  • State Bar Standing: Before retaining any employment law attorney, you should check with the New Jersey State Bar Association to ensure that the attorney is licensed to practice law.  The bar association also can provide information about any past disciplinary issues involving the attorney.
  • Employment Law Focus: The best option is to retain an attorney who focuses on employment discrimination cases.  The nuance involved in litigation of employment discrimination cases is complex – not an area of law that is appropriate for a jack-of-all-trades.
  • Review Attorney Website: Attorneys that regularly handle employment law cases sometimes provide answers to preliminary questions on their website.
  • Independent Evaluations: A number of organizations provide objective third party ratings and evaluations of law firms.  Companies that review attorneys include organizations like Martindale Hubbell and others.
  • Seek Referrals: If you have associates, co-workers, friends or family with personal experience with an attorney, this feedback can be extremely informative.
  • Membership in Employment Law Professional Organizations: There are organizations that are made up of law firms that regularly handle employment law cases, such as the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).

The discrimination lawyer at Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. are highly rated by independent attorney evaluation services and have extensive experience. To learn more, call us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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Neil H. Deutsch

Neil H. Deutsch has been practicing law for over 35 years and is known as a skilled negotiator in employment and discrimination law. He believes in a bottom-line approach of risk analysis and cost effectiveness for his clients. "Case evaluation is something we take seriously," says Mr. Deutsch who seeks top net dollar for his…

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Bruce L. Atkins
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Bruce L. Atkins is the Senior Managing Partner at Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt P.C., a prominent plaintiff employment law firm in the tri-state area. Mr. Atkins believes employees’ rights should be aggressively pursued when they’ve been wrongfully dealt with by their employers. He brings this philosophy to his practice when considering each case and its…

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Adam J. Kleinfeldt

Adam J. Kleinfeldt joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. in March of 2015.  He primarily represents individuals in employment litigation such as discrimination, retaliation and whistle blowing matters. He has extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process. Adam has obtained significant results for his clients, including a $525,000 jury verdict in a sexual…

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Debra M. McGarvey

Debra M. McGarvey joined Deutsch Atkins & Kleinfeldt, P.C. in December 2019. She has extensive experience defending employees and employers in state and federal court in employment litigation matters. She has represented clients on various issues arising out of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the…

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Carly Skarbnik Meredith

Carly Skarbnik Meredith, Esq. is a Partner at the firm. Carly has focused her career exclusively in the field of employment law. She has a plethora of experience representing both employees and employers with their employment issues, needs, and concerns. She believes representing both employees and employers has made her an extremely well-rounded client advocate.…


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