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.
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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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Bergen's Best Lawyers||201 Magazine||2015|
|Bergen's Top Lawyers||201 Magazine||2014|
|Bergen's Top Lawyers||201 Magazine||2013|
|People to Watch||201 Magazine||2012|
|R.1:40 Qualified Mediator||Private Mediation Services||2012 - Present|
|Professor||Montclair State University||1996 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Deutsch Atkins, P.C.||1994 - Present|
|Law Clerk to Honorable Bruce A. Gaeta, J.S.C.||New Jersey Superior Court||1992 - 1993|
|Law Intern to Naomi G. Eichen, J.S.C.||New Jersey Superior Court||1991 - 1992|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Bergen County Special Services Board of Education||Trustee||2010 - Present|
|Paramus Rotary||Member||2009 - Present|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Paramus Board of Edcuation||Trustee||2005 - 2014|
|Bergen County Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|Montclair State University||N/A||Paralegal Certificate||1988|
|Pace University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|University of Massachusetts, Amherst||Legal Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Legal Seminar||Employee Leaves of Absence under FMLA & Disability Laws||2014|
|Legal Seminar||Understanding Your Rights in the Workplace||2014|
|WABC TV||Expert on Workplace Harassment||2013|
|New 12||Discrimination in the Workplace||2013|
|Ask the Expert||School Bullying Legislation||2013|