Frank A. Custode is a Partner and Chair of the firm's Employment Practice. Frank balances strong advocacy with a narrowly tailored strategic and practical approach to achieve his clients’ objectives in a direct and responsive manner. Frank focuses his practice on the representation of employees in employment law matters including cases involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment and hostile work environment, unlawful retaliation and whistleblower claims, family and medical leaves of absence, workplace accommodations, and breach of restrictive covenants. His practice includes providing counseling to employees on workplace-related issues and negotiating all types of employment-related agreements on behalf of employees including employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements.
Frank also provides general employment law services for the firm's corporate clients, which includes day-to-day employment law counseling, the review and preparation of handbooks, policies, and agreements, and representation in employment litigation. In addition, Frank represents firm clients in business and commercial litigation.
Prior to transitioning his practice to the firm, Frank operated his own law practice as a solo practitioner primarily representing employees in negotiations and litigation. Before that, Frank represented employers for over a decade at two highly regarded defense firms, including a nationally recognized employment law firm. With his well-rounded experience representing both employees and employers, Frank provides key insight to his clients as he navigates them through their legal issues.
In addition to client representation, Frank is a New Jersey Court Rule 1:40 qualified mediator. As a mediator, Frank utilizes his wide-ranging experience to assist parties with the amicable resolution of their employment law disputes. This experience adds to his arsenal as an employment law practitioner.
Frank has been selected on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list from 2017-2020 and the New Jersey Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list from 2013-2015. Frank has authored and co-authored several employment law publications, has been a presenter on a variety of employment law topics, and regularly posts employment law blogs on the firm’s website. He is a member of the New Jersey chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section.
Frank also has been a volunteer for charitable work. From 2014-2017, he served as a Board Member for Straight & Narrow, Inc., which is a Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Paterson.
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Prior to entering private practice, Frank served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph A. Falcone, A.J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Selection to New Jersey Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2021|
|Selection to New Jersey Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2020|
|Selected to New Jersey Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2019|
|Selected to New Jersey Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2018|
|Selected to New Jersey Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2017|
|Selected to New Jersey "Rising Stars"||Thomson Reuters||2015|
|Selected to New Jersey "Rising Stars"||Thomson Reuters||2014|
|Selected to New Jersey "Rising Stars"||Thomson Reuters||2013|
|Partner, Chair of Employment Law Practice||Curcio Mirzaian Sirot LLC||2019 - Present|
|Solo Employment Law Practitioner||The Law Office of Frank A. Custode, LLC||2015 - 2019|
|Counsel||Porzio Bromberg & Newman, PC||2011 - 2015|
|Associate||Littler Mendelson||2006 - 2011|
|Associate||Porzio Bromberg & Newman, PC||2001 - 2006|
|Judicial Law Clerk for Hon. Joseph A. Falcone, A.J.S.C.||Superior Court Of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage||2000 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Employment Lawyers Association (New Jersey chapter)||Member||2015 - Present|
|Straight & Narrow, Inc.||Board Member||2014 - 2017|
|Law 360||Facebook Page Spoliation Ruling Will Aid Employers||2013|
|New Jersey Lawyer Magazine||Employment Law Counseling In The Age of E-Discovery: Understanding the Importance of Computer Use and Document Retention Policies||2008|
|New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly||The Offer of Judgment Rule Is Necessary To Combat The Misuse of the LAD's Fee-Shifting Provision||2007|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Non-Competes Go Public||2003|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Court Broadens Continuing Violations||2002|
|New York Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|Drew University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|ASAH Member School Human Resources Group Meeting||2015 Hot Employment Law Topics||2015|
|Porzio Employment Law Forum||Developments in the Area of Managing and Avoiding Joint Employer Liability||2014|
|Porzio Employment Law Forum||The Interactive Process: How Reasonable Do Your Reasonable Accommodations Have To Be?||2013|
|National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Conference||Spoliation in Federal and State Courts: Strategy to Prevent Spoliation From An Employment Defense Perspective||2012|
|Porzio Employment Law Forum||You’re Fired: Addressing and Properly Handling the Challenges of Employee Terminations||2012|
|National Business Institute Conference||Employment Laws Made Simple: Separation of Employment||2012|
|National Business Institute Conference||Employment Laws Made Simple: Sensitive Issues: Substance Abuse and Leaves of Absence||2012|
|New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants Conference for Monmouth/Ocean Chapter||A Brand New (Work) Day? Workplace Change in the Obama Era||2010|
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