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Christine P. O'Hearn is a partner with the firm and concentrates her practice in labor and employment and complex civil litigation. Ms. O'Hearn is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has been a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court since 2007. In 2004, Ms. O'Hearn was selected as one of the "Top 40 Attorneys Under 40" in New Jersey by the New Jersey Law Journal for the second time. She was previously selected in 2002. In 2003, Ms. O'Hearn's achievements were recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal and featured in its "Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession." Most recently, in 2014, Ms. O'Hearn was named one of the "Best in the Business" in South Jersey Biz Magazine. She is "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Ms. O'Hearn defends individuals and management in all employment related matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment and retaliation under the NJLAD, Title VII, ADA, CEPA, ADEA, FMLA and NJFLA, in the state and federal courts as well as before the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She represents many public entities as labor counsel and in defense of litigation claims. She prepares, drafts and negotiates employment contracts and represents employers in litigation matters related to alleged breaches of contract and restrictive covenant and non-compete provisions. She has experience representing public employers before various administrative agencies including the New Jersey Civil Service Commission, the New Jersey Public Employee Relations Commission and the Office of Administrative Law. Ms. O'Hearn also assists employers in union related matters including matters before the National Labor Relations Board such as petitions for certification, elections, and unfair labor practices as well as collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations.
Ms. O'Hearn frequently speaks on employment issues and has authored several published articles.
Ms. O'Hearn assists employers in implementing policies and strategies to prevent employment litigation claims including drafting and review of employment handbooks and employment policies. She conducts employee and management training sessions on subject matters which include discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, performance evaluations, discipline, etc.
Ms. O'Hearn also has experience representing individuals and businesses in complex litigation matters.
Ms. O'Hearn previously served as an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, where she taught employment law.
Ms. O'Hearn received her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 1990, and her law degree cum laude from Temple University School of Law in 1993 where she was a member of the Moot Court Board and the recipient of the Best Oral Advocate Award in 1991.
She was admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 1993. She is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. O'Hearn is a member of the American, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Camden County Bar Associations.
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Christine is one of the most devoted attorneys I have ever worked with. Her legal skills and knowledge in the employment law arena are unparalled. She is known to aggresively advocate on her clients' behalf while also working with her adversary to achieve the best possible. When it comes to choosing an employment lawyer to be in your corner, there is simply no substitute for the best. I fully endorse this lawyer.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Fellow||American College of Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Certified Civil Trial Attorney||New Jersey Supreme Court||2007|
|Top 40 Attorneys Under 40||New Jersey Law Journal||2004|
|Top 40 Under 40||New Jersey Law Journal||2002|
|Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession||New Jersey Law Journal||N/A|
|Partner||Brown & Connery, LLP||1993 - Present|
|Associate||Brown & Connery, LLP||1993 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Camden County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|187 N.J.L.J. 260||The Proper Response to a Grievance: How an Attorney can Effectively Manage an Ethics Inquiry||2007|
|184 N.J.L.J. 891||Benefits Decision Does Not Bar Other Suits - Collateral Estoppel Is Not Applicable To Unemployment Compensation Determinations||2006|
|186 N.J.L.J. 286||Accommodation Versus Risk, Friction Between Accommodating a Disabled Employee and Ensuring Patients Safety||2006|
|181 N.J.L.J. 518||Doctor Cannot Veto Settlement Where Hospital Is Named Insured||2005|
|178 N.J.L.J. 949||Discrimination Decision A Mixed Bag For Employers: State Supreme Court Addresses Emotional Distress, Individual Liability Under NJLAD||2004|
|Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|University of Delaware||N/A||N/A||1990|