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About Me

Sheila E. O'Shea-Criscione has a proven track record of success as an employment attorney. In her practice, Ms. O’Shea-Criscione regularly handles all aspects of employment law. She has managed litigation involving claims of harassment and discrimination on the basis of gender, pregnancy, age, race, religion, national origin and disability, as well as wrongful discharge, FMLA, CEPA, invasion of privacy, defamation, breach of employment contracts and retaliation claims.
Ms. O’Shea-Criscione not only brings years of experience to the table, but is a skilled researcher and believes that careful listening to client needs has earned her a reputation as an attentive and assertive advocate. "In employment and discrimination law, truth is stranger than fiction," Ms. O'Shea-Criscione says. "People come to us with egregious circumstances, and with hard work, we have developed a track record of great successes." Ms. O'Shea-Criscione is also an approved R.1:40 qualified mediator for the Statewide Mediation Program for Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases. She mediates both private and court-appointed disputes.
Ms. O’Shea-Criscione has been selected as a Bergen Best Lawyers in the 201 Magazine for three (3) consecutive years (2013-2015), an honor that she is recognized by her peers as being among the top attorneys in Bergen County, New Jersey.
Ms. O'Shea-Criscione is a member of the bar in New Jersey and New York and appears in New Jersey Superior Court and Municipal Court in Bergen, Essex, Sussex, Morris and Passaic Counties. She is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Conflict Resolution section as well as the Bergen County Bar Association.
Since 1993, Ms. O'Shea-Criscione has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State University where she teaches undergraduate classes such as "Conflict and Its Resolution," "Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration;" "Legal Research," and "Intro to Law and the Legal Procedure." She has also taught graduate level classes on Mediation.
She serves as a trustee on the Bergen County Special Service Board of Education and was also a Paramus Board of Education trustee from 2005-2014. Ms. O’Shea-Criscione is also an active member of the Paramus Rotary Club.
Ms. O'Shea-Criscione has been associated with Contant and Atkins before Bruce L Atkins, Esq. and Neil Deutsch, Esq. formed Deutsch Atkins in 2006. She grew up in Hillsdale, NJ and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts in 1988. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York in 1992 and she served as Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Bruce A. Gaeta, J.S.C., 1992-1993.


Practice Areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 50%
    20 years
  2. Litigation: 40%
    20 years
  3. State, Local And Municipal Law: 5%
    20 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
    20 years



Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Joseph L Mecca Jr.

    Sheila is highly qualified and experienced in the area of Employment and Labor Law. She is my first choice for referrals of clients in this area. She takes a practical and very detailed approach to theses matters. I highly endorse this lawyer.


    Joseph Mecca Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Deutsch Atkins, PC

25 Main Street, Court Plaza North
Suite 104
Hackensack, NJ, 07601


NYCurrently registered 199303/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Bergen's Best Lawyers201 Magazine2015
Bergen's Top Lawyers201 Magazine2014
Bergen's Top Lawyers201 Magazine2013
People to Watch201 Magazine2012
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
R.1:40 Qualified MediatorPrivate Mediation Services2012 - Present
ProfessorMontclair State University1996 - Present
Senior AssociateDeutsch Atkins, P.C.1994 - Present
Law Clerk to Honorable Bruce A. Gaeta, J.S.C.New Jersey Superior Court1992 - 1993
Law Intern to Naomi G. Eichen, J.S.C.New Jersey Superior Court1991 - 1992
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Bergen County Special Services Board of EducationTrustee2010 - Present
Paramus RotaryMember2009 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Paramus Board of EdcuationTrustee2005 - 2014
Bergen County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Montclair State UniversityN/AN/A1988
Pace University School of Law LawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Legal StudiesBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Legal SeminarEmployee Leaves of Absence under FMLA & Disability Laws2014
Legal SeminarUnderstanding Your Rights in the Workplace2014
WABC TVExpert on Workplace Harassment2013
New 12Discrimination in the Workplace2013
Ask the ExpertSchool Bullying Legislation2013