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Claudia A Reis

Employment and labor Attorney at Morristown, NJ

5.0   21 reviews

Licensed for 21 years

About Claudia

Learn Claudia’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    45%
    Employment law is a wide, diverse, and ever-changing field. Whether you are suffering from discrimination, harassment or retaliation or need help negotiating the terms of an agreement, you can rest assured that I have successfully helped hundreds of clients in the very same position.

    22 years

  2. Discrimination
    25%
    I represent workers who have been discriminated against because of their sex, age, disability, need for leave or accommodations, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, sexual identification, marital status, and other protected characteristics. I understand the difficulties faced by workers who are forced to put up unfair treatment because of discrimination, and I work hard every day to fight against such injustices.

    22 years

  3. Wrongful termination
    25%
    Many good, hardworking employees suffer the indignities of being fired and being unable to financially care for themselves and their families after providing years of dedicated service to their employees. When that termination is the result of unlawful discrimination or retaliation, a good attorney can help get you back on the right track and get money for your lost wages.

    22 years

  4. Sexual harassment
    5%
    Sexual harassment is demeaning and embarrassing. It affects its victims in significant and profound ways both at and outside of work. Victims of sexual harassment don't just need a strong advocate, they need someone who is sympathetic and willing to guide them through the process in a caring and sensitive manner. I have done this successfully for countless victims of sexual harassment and helped them get back on their feet emotionally and financially.

    21 years

I AM A PLAINTIFF'S EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY MEANING I REPRESENT WORKERS IN DISPUTES WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS. CALL NOW! 973-775-9004

 

Claudia A. Reis has devoted her legal career to the practice of employment law.  While she previously defended and counseled large and small corporate clients as well as governmental agencies on various employment issues, she now focuses her career on representing individuals who have been subjected to unlawful and/or otherwise wrongful workplace conduct.  Ms. Reis credits her prior experience of defending and counseling employers with her ability to assess clients and cases from the minute they enter our offices.  This ability enables Ms. Reis to (1) anticipate, strategize, and maneuver around defense counsel tactics and (2) advocate more aggressively on behalf of her clients by being more proactive and anticipating the typical methods used by defense attorneys to stall litigation and/or otherwise intimidate their former employees. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Reis has developed a personalized approach to the practice of law.  This approach requires that she spend sufficient time with each client so as to understand his/her work environment, job duties, situation, needs, desires, drives, strengths, weaknesses, and damages.  Accordingly, Ms. Reis's professional relationships foster interaction  and trust that enable open, frank and honest discussions that serve her clients' needs in the most efficient, economic, personal, and direct manner. 

Ms. Reis's practice embraces all aspects of employment law, including sexual harassment, discrimination (relating to sex, age, race, sexual orientation, national origin, familial status, domestic partnership status, religion, impermissible gender stereotyping, sex gender identity or expression,  pregnancy, disability, liability for services in the Armed Forces), retaliation, and claims relating to both state and federal leave acts and wage and hour laws.  In addition, Ms. Reis provides clients with advice on various employment matters, including, but not limited to, employees' expectation of privacy in the workplace.  She also routinely reviews, revises, drafts, and provides advice regarding severance agreements, agreements to arbitrate, settlement agreements and releases, and personnel handbooks.  Throughout the years, she has also successfully tried cases, represented clients in various administrative forums, worked on numerous appeals, and represented clients in mediations and negotiations that were court-ordered, private, and/or required by administrative agencies. 

 

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Claudia A. Reis was elected and serves as the President of NELA-NJ.  NELA-NJ is the only attorney organization devoted entirely to protecting and furthering the rights of workers in the State of New Jersey.
Licensed for 21 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/04/2022

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Posted by LF | September 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service!
Claudia was a fantastic lawyer from the moment we first met. She listened to my story and was warm and welcoming. This instantly made me feel like she would be the perfect fit for my case. She helped me with my maternity and pregnancy discrimination case against my former employer. She was always there when I had questions (or even when I just needed to vent). I always felt like she was on my side and she was always helpful and explained everything to me throughout the entire process. I could not have asked for a better outcome and it was all thanks to her hard work. I highly recommend Claudia as an employment lawyer.
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Posted by Emily | June 7, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful and Supportive
I was in a situation for which I need guidance and clarity regarding my rights, my options, and my risks. Claudia clearly outlined all of those for me and was very relatable, supportive, and accessible. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Merrill | April 7, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Strategic and responsive
Claudia came highly recommended by another top attorney, and that recommendation was spot on. When I consulted Claudia about a concerning situation with my employer, she carefully thought through all of my options, considering actions I could take on my own and actions that involved retaining her for more involved representation. She paid close attention to details and clearly had extensive experience handling similar issues. Should my problem persist, I will definitely hire her.
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Posted by John | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Whistle Blower
Claudia is the perfect combination of understanding and compassion, and then a complete Pit bull when the appropriate time comes. No matter what she is doing, she always find the time to answer or return your phone call. She has an easy way about her that makes complex matters understandable without ever being condescending. My case involved a government organization which I worked for. I reported on people who were doing the wrong things to the appropriate authorities (admirable to most people). My employer fired me after finding out that I had reported the wrong doing (in essence they fired me for blowing the whistle). Claudia was relentless in her preparation and she never stopped working. Claudia was there for me every step of the way and never took their answers to be justified. Anytime the employer made any kind of move, Claudia would immediately be firing off e mails or rushing to court to file a motion. She doesn't budge when she knows she's right. Claudia had the employer on their heels from day one and they feared her. In the end they gave me my job back, all back pay and a promotion. They also paid Claudia's legal fees. I've been told in order to win a case you need three things. You need a good client, good facts for the case and a good attorney. When you retain Claudia you automatically start with one of those three, the other two are up to you. In this day and age, your job is your life. When your life is on the line, you want Claudia. KP
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Posted by Gwen | February 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employment termination
I filed a complaint under the CEPA act against my employer and consequently I was terminated. I consulted with her as to my course of action. As a result I retained her to pursue the matter. The matter was dealt with professionally and all options was clearly reviewed with me. I was able to make an informed decision of every aspect of the proceedings. The most outstanding was the attorney caring attitude in terms that she wanted to serve my best interest. The step by step process approach was done in a detailed and timely manner. She explained things in lay man term that is easily understood. The outcome achieved was satisfactory and she made a positive impact which helped me maintain justice. Her assistance with my unemployment benefit request was successful as a direct result of her involvement. and guidance . I was very pleased with her excellent services as an attorney and for this I am extremely grateful to her. OG
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Employment Termination
Claudia Reis is an exceptional lawyer with an empathy and kindness for her clients. Her sincere willingness to help work with our specific needs exceeded our expectations. Her office staff was welcoming and helpful from the beginning through the end of our process. We entered her office trepidatious and nervous and her warm smile and confidence immediately put us at ease. She was forth right and honest with our choices and possible outcomes enabling us to make clear decisions. She was upfront with all financial aspects of our case including her costs as well as what could be expected down the line. She was generous with her time and her costs were very fair. Both she and her staff responded quickly when contacted via email and acted quickly on all of our requests. Ms. Reis' services were recommended to us by another lawyer. We were fortunate to have found such a caring and expert advocate of our case.
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Posted by A.G.N | June 13, 2015
The best in the business!!!
After being fired from a job I held for 7 yrs I felt the need to look for legal representation. I discussed my case with four different employment attorneys, who felt intimidated by my situation and acted like they wanted nothing to do with. Then I landed in the hands of Claudia Reis. After speaking with Ms. Reis, I felt I was in the right place, where others said "no" she was ready to put up a legal fight. Her compassion, expertise, attentiveness and her will to never give up is what sets her aside from the rest. I felt like I was part of a new family, knowing I could pick up the phone at any time for whatever reason and always get a response. Her efforts caused the defendants to settle out of court for the amount she demanded. My family and I could never be grateful enough for the way she fought this case. She and her firm are truly "The best in the business".
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Posted by Frank | June 13, 2015
Highly recommended
I met Claudia while defending a lawsuit brought against my company from a former employee that she was representing. Her knowledge of employment law resulted in our losing the first employment case brought against us in our company's history. Based on that experience, I hired Claudia to represent me when I needed an employment law expert. Claudia turned out to be responsive, extremely knowledgeable about employment law and kept me in the loop every step of the way. She was a great negotiator and provided the guidance I needed that resulted in a positive outcome. I was also impressed with her ability to work with me as a partner. She took my input and used it toward helping the situation. She is a great listener who uses good information to her advantage. I felt very confident I was in good hands. I highly recommend Claudia for anyone or any company who needs legal representation for an employment law matter.
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Posted by S.S. | January 30, 2015
Employment case
Claudia helped me through one of the darkest periods of my life when I felt stripped of all my professional and personal dignity. My personal circumstances of being a single mom were even used to threatened me by my former employer to harm my family. She was compassionate, empathetic and straight shooting. Her incite to the very complicated legal process was something that could be trusted and relied upon. She is very hard working. Claudia stands head and shoulders above her peers. I met with seven attorney groups prior to selecting her. She earned my trust by demonstrating good judgement and professional integrity consistently. My matter has resolved only because she stood by my side fighting with the tenacity of a warrior. The size of the corporation did not intimidate her. My family and I are so thankful to Claudia for protecting us from the proverbial corporate bullying. She gave us the gift of peace of mind and a clean slate to be able to move forward in a positive healthy path.
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Posted by Steve | January 17, 2015
Honest, Straight Forward, and Professional
My consultation was an extremely thorough process where I really saw how compassionate and detailed a person she was; she explained in great detail the risks, rewards, and expectations of the process I was entering into. I was going through a very difficult time with my past employer and she was there to offer guidance and support at any time of the day. My case was settled in a very timely manner and I am very happy with the outcome. I would not hesitate to use her services again and highly recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2014
Great guidance after being fired
I met with Claudia shortly after being fired from a position I'd held for 12 years. She helped me with the shock by walking me through my experience of being employed by the company. She was looking for a basis of action. For me, it was therapeutic to recount the incidents that led to my termination. Her objectivity helped me see the ways in which my employer hadn't supported my success (to put it nicely). I found myself using much stronger language during the session. Claudia clearly laid out my possible courses of action, the probability of each, the potential rewards and risks as well as her compensation structure. I knew that whatever course I chose, I would have a strong and concerned advocate on my side. I highly recommend Claudia.
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Posted by Anne Marie | October 30, 2014
Praiseworthy, Protective, Ethical, Competent, Diligent, Experienced and Remarkable Professional
I have worked with Mr. Reis and her firm for the past 3 yrs. 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.
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Posted by Mary | March 14, 2014
Loss of job
My first consultation with Claudia I was a very upset about a 14 year job I was let go from. Right away she put me at ease about my situation. Everything was settled in a timely manner and with great results.
Posted by Mark | December 30, 2013
Employment Issues -Highly Recommended Attorney
I contacted Ms. Reis' firm due to what I felt was an unfair termination; her approach was honest, direct and very informed. Ms. Reis listened carefully and was able to provide expert representation as well as being quite supportive in our efforts. Throughout the process I was guided by her experience and was always keep up to date and informed of each step. Communication was clear, specific and insightful providing options and suggestions as appropriate as well as potential outcomes. Although I hope I do not need her assistance again I would not hesitate in contacting her should the need arise.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2013
Sharp and Compassionate Attorney
Ms. Reis is an exceptional lawyer. She approached my case in a compassionate manner and has an amazing memory. When preparing for my deposition and trial she remembered details from our first meeting that I had forgotten. Ms. Reis was very patient. She met with my husband and I on several occasions to explain legal facts and processes so that we could make more informed decisions. She is well versed in mediation, arbitration, and trial law. Ms. Reis never gave us false hope, but laid out each option available to us. She is a very strong lawyer who can confidently advocate for her clients with adversaries that are less than cooperative. I was kept up to date with all motions, attorney contacts, and changes in the case. I was immediately forwarded any email communications and all court documents. Ms. Reis also kept me abreast of any developments, which I have been told is quite rare to find in an attorney. Her law firm, Green, Savits, and Lenzo, is an exceptional law firm that believes in the clients and the cases they choose to represent.
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Posted by Brian | May 21, 2013
Employment Law
Except for buying our home, I had never had cause to hire a lawyer. Unfortunately for me, that changed. I was lucky enough to find Claudia! She helped me through this most difficult time. She is a walking legal encyclopedia, incredibly knowledgeable in the field of employment law. She is completely accessible; I always felt (and often did) that I could pick up the phone and call her about any question or concern. She made sure that I was comfortable with all tactics, language, and terms. My case was complicated and emotionally charged. As busy as she was, Claudia always made me feel that I was her only client. I can not recommend her highly enough! If you need an employment law attorney, Claudia Reis is the way to go. She is smart, tough, tireless, and compassionate! I could not be happier with the services provided.
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Posted by John | May 4, 2013
Recommended
Claudia Reis proves that a labor attorney can be aggressive is pursuing a client's interests without being mean-spirited while doing it. She is pleasant to work with, knowledgeable, and keeps the client informed throughout the process.
Posted by Tatyana | March 27, 2013
A rare find in the legal profession
Claudia is very knowledgeable in her field and actually took the time to research other areas of the law to provide the most accurate information about our case. What makes her a great attorney is how candid she is with her clients; from day one, she was very honest about the risks and benefits of litigation- there were never any unrealistic expectations nor unexpected surprises. What sets her apart is her level of humanity- she respects all cultural differences and works patiently through language barriers. Claudia’s character is a rare find within the legal profession.
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Posted by Valerie | January 20, 2013
Claudia Reis always went above and beyond for me.
Claudia Reis and the firm were excellent. Ms. Reis was always helpful, completely trustworthy, professional, knowledgeable, dependable, always there when I needed her, and helpful in every way even outside of the legal matter regarding my mental state during this trying time in my life. She always answered all of my questions quickly, professionally, and honestly, which is a great help when going through a job loss. She kept me calm and able to make decisions regarding my legal matter even when I felt I was unable to make any decisions on my own. When feeling unable and not confident to make any decisions regarding my legal decisions, she was always extending herself beyond what I have ever seen any attorney do in order to explain everything simply and accurately, enabling me to make the right choices for my matter, and always showing concern for me on a personal level. She proved to be exceptionally knowledgeable in her area of employment law, and was aggressive during depositions, etc. , proving successful in every aspect. Many attorneys are only coldly concerned with a resolution a legal matter, but Ms. Reis' concern was absolutely my outcome, my comfort and happiness with my case. She was always there for me, and kept in contact with me regularly to make sure everything was well with me and my issues, which was very comforting. I can't say enough about how wonderful she was regarding her expertise with the legal issues, and also her great ability to make me feel secure during such a bad time in my life. I recommend Ms. Reis highly. She always went above and beyond making sure that I was always in the best position legally, and that I always felt secure and confident, because I truly was in a very bad state of mind prior to her representing me. Her experience and expertise is evidenced in her success in her exceptional career. She always took that extra step for me.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Green Savits & Lenzo, LLC
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Deutsch Atkins
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer
  • 2001 - 2004
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Education

  • Rutgers School of Law -- Newark
  • J.D.
  • 2001
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick/Piscataway
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corp.
  • Court adopted a multi-prong test similar to that proposed by Ms. Reis in her amicus submission.
  • Cutler v. Dorn
  • Thomas v. St. Joseph's Hospital
  • Jury Verdict Award plus Attorneys' Fees
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Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (New Jersey chapter)
  • President
  • 2012 - Present
  • New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly
  • Managing Editor
  • 2010 - Present
  • Labor & Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court
  • Barrister / Program Committee Co-Chair
  • 2002 - Present
  • NELA-NJ
  • Secretary, Amicus Committee Co-Chair, Board Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Top 100: 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Top 50: 2016 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • David Soloman Award
  • Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
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Publications

  • New Jersey Labor & Employment Quarterly
  • The Game Changer
  • 2012
  • New Jersey Labor & Employment Law Quarterly
  • Court Strikes A Nerve After Trying To Strike A Balance
  • 2011
  • New Jersey Lawyer (Special Supplement)
  • Get rid of all those dirty Jews
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual NELA-NJ Employment Law Seminar
  • Proving Emotional Distress Damages
  • 2012
  • Hot Tips in Labor and Employment Law
  • Roa v. Lafe and Post-Employment Retaliation
  • 2010
  • Boardwalk Seminar
  • Cross Examination of Witness
  • 2010
  • Supreme Court Oral Argument of Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright
  • Supreme Court Oral Argument before, in part, Justice Rivera-Soto
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Claudia is an exceptional labor and employment attorney and past president of the NJ Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. I highly recommend her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Claudia fights as hard as her clients work. I endorse this lawyer"
Employment and labor Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I can't say enough good things about Claudia. She truly loves what she does and cares about the people she represents. She has earned a reputation as a top-notch plaintiff's employment attorney. She is knowledgeable, passionate and a true asset to the profession. I frequently refer clients to her firm because I trust they will provide the very best representation to those in need of her services."
Discrimination Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. Ms. Reis is the president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association - the leading organization for attorneys who civilly prosecute discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims on behalf of employees. Ms. Reis excels both as president of our organization and as a seasoned employment law trial litigator."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Claudia is an excellent attorney, very well versed and knowledgeable in matters relating to employment law. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Claudia is an excellent employment lawyer. I endorse her."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Claudia possesses all the tools of an effective advocate and counselor. She is articulate and has a warm personality that enables her to effectively advocate before judges and juries. She is passionate about advancing the rights of employees. Claudia has a wealth of experience that allows her to employ sound judgment when planning the best strategy for her clients and when negotiating on their behalf. Her sincere desire to fight for her clients comes across in all her interactions with her clients. It's no wonder that her clients are so loyal to her and that she is so respected by her peers."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I knew Claudia when we were classmates at Rutgers law school. She combined intellectual acumen, thorough preparation and articulate presentation to create a lasting impression on students and faculty alike, myself included. These qualities clearly shine through in her success as an attorney. Prospective clients can be confident of being well-served by her."
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