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Caroline Jacobsen Berdzik

Employment and labor Attorney at Princeton, NJ

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Caroline J. Berdzik, chair of the firm’s Employment and Labor and Health Care Practice Groups, devotes her practice to helping businesses, organizations, and management navigate the panoply of employment law issues, from proactive counseling through alternative dispute resolution and trial. She represents companies in diverse industries such as health care, transportation, retail, construction, insurance, and finance, as well as non-profit organizations and educational and religious institutions.

In every matter, Caroline draws upon her previous experience as an in-house counsel to bring a deep understanding of and sensitivity to the daily challenges and cost considerations companies face. Accordingly, in her role as advisor and advocate, she functions as a virtual extension of clients’ in-house legal and human resources teams, working in integrated partnership with them to protect the company’s best interests and bottom line.

She regularly provides employers with strategic business advice on critical human resources issues that arise out of the employment relationship, from hiring to termination, with an emphasis on preventing future disputes and minimizing risk. Toward this end, she frequently provides practical in-house training on a multitude of human resources topics for employers and insurance companies. When needed, Caroline brings a proven track record to the defense of self-insured and insured companies in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, family medical leave, whistleblower, and wage/hour actions in federal and state courts, alternative dispute resolution forums, and state and federal administrative agencies. She also routinely advises businesses in the critical areas of wage and hour compliance and in drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants.

Some of her representative matters include:

Obtaining summary judgment for a national fast food company on claims of national origin discrimination
Successfully defending sexual harassment and related claims against a health care practice through vigorous discovery practice which resulted in the abandonment of the lawsuit by the plaintiff
Prevailing at a bench trial on an appeal from the New Jersey Division of Wage and Hour Compliance confirming independent contractor status for an insurance sales representative
Additionally, Caroline has significant experience handling Title III ADA accessibility compliance concerns and litigation for financial institutions, shopping centers, transportation companies, medical providers, retailers, and other places of public accommodation.

Clients and industry insiders frequently call upon Caroline for her intimate knowledge of the health care industry and, in particular, the post-acute care industry. Caroline often defends skilled nursing facilities and related entities in professional liability claims and provides risk management solutions to help avoid or mitigate future claims.

Recent successes include:

Obtaining dismissal of a lawsuit against a skilled nursing facility for plaintiff failing to provide a timely affidavit of merit
Securing a favorable early resolution with the assistance of targeted expert review for an assisted living community facing allegations of negligence due to multiple falls of a resident
Obtaining a dismissal of all claims against a predecessor owner of an assisted living facility
Prior to joining Goldberg Segalla, Caroline was the assistant general counsel for New Jersey’s largest privately held long-term-care company. Among her many duties, she successfully managed a diverse litigation portfolio in the areas of professional and general liability, employment, and commercial law. In this role, she supervised legal counsel nationwide, established risk management strategies, and reduced legal spend.

Caroline is a prolific speaker and writer in the areas of employment law, social media, risk management, and legal and operational issues confronting employers and long-term care providers. She has earned numerous honors that recognize the value of her legal services and her dedication to the community, including her recognition as one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ and her regular appearance among the rankings of top legal practitioners in New Jersey and the New York Metro area. Caroline is also chair of the firm's Women's Initiative.

Licensed for 23 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 12/04/2022
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/04/2022

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Goldberg Segalla LLP
301 Carnegie Center Drive
Suite 200
Princeton, NJ, 08540-6587

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Goldberg Segalla
  • 2012 - Present

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Drew University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Associations

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Vice Chair of the Health Care Section
  • 2018 - Present
  • Penn Medicine/Princeton Health Hospital, Emergency Department Advisory Committee
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Notre Dame High School: Personnel Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Capitol County Children's Collaborative
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • East Windsor Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Vice Chair of the 2018 Nursing Home and Assisted Living Seminar
  • N/A
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Women Presidents' Organization (WPO)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Long Term Care Risk Forum, Faculty — Long-Term Care Power Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and ACC New Jersey Chapter
  • Former Member
  • N/A
  • Drew University College Alumni Association
  • Board Member 2003-06, 2013-17; Class Agent 2014-17
  • N/A
  • St. Paul School: Administration Committee
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • East Windsor Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Vice Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Best 50 Women in Business
  • NJBIZ
  • 2015
  • 40 Under 40
  • New Jersey Law Journal
  • 2008
  • New Jersey Rising Star
  • New Jersey Monthly
  • 2007
  • New Jersey Rising Star
  • New Jersey Monthly
  • 2006
  • Top 20 Under 40
  • The Trentonian Movers and Shakers
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2014–16
  • Super Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Rising Stars, 2006–09, 2013
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Super Lawyers 2015–18
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Bus and Motorcoach News
  • Author, "Dealing with Employee Requests for ADA Accommodations"
  • 2017
  • Bus & Motorcoach News
  • Author, “Bans on Applicant Salary History Gaining Across U.S."
  • 2017
  • Law360
  • Author, "CMS Cracks Down on Nursing Home Social Media Abuse"
  • 2016
  • Law360
  • Quoted in "Attorneys React to EEOC's Equal Pay Data Reporting Proposal"
  • 2016
  • Inside Counsel
  • Co-Author, "Best Practices for Avoiding Claims in the Employee Lifecycle, From Hiring Through Termination, Part 3: Termination Without Litigation"
  • 2015
  • Inside Counsel
  • Co-Author, "Best Practices for Avoiding Claims in the Employee Life Cycle, From Hiring Through Termination, Part 2: If It’s Not in Writing, It Didn’t Happen"
  • 2015
  • Inside Counsel
  • Co-Author, "Best Practices for Avoiding Claims in the Employee Life Cycle, From Hiring Through Termination, Part 1: Hiring and Onboarding"
  • 2015
  • Post-Acute Care Handbook: Regulatory, Risk, and Compliance Issues, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Editor, Chapter 8, "Labor, Employment, and OSHA Issues," and Chapter 11, "Assisted Living Communities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities"
  • 2015
  • National Underwriter Property & Casualty
  • Co-Author, "Reduce E&O With EPL"
  • 2014
  • Shopping Centers Today
  • Quoted in "Making Centers Lawsuit-Proof"
  • 2014
  • Law360
  • Author, "Pa. Levels Playing Field For Health Provider Compliance"
  • 2014
  • Law360
  • Featured in "Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Goldberg Segalla's Caroline Berdzik"
  • 2014
  • For the Defense, Defense Research Institute
  • Co-Author, "Danger From Within? Sex Offenders in Long-Term Care Facilities"
  • 2013
  • News Transcript
  • Quoted in "Bullying Can Affect Elderly, Too"
  • 2013
  • Long-Term Living
  • Author, "The Challenges of Hiring or Housing Registered Sex Offenders"
  • 2013
  • Long-Term Living
  • Author, "Piercing the Corporate Veil: Strategies to Reduce Corporate Negligence Claims in LTC Lawsuits"
  • 2012
  • Long-Term Living
  • Quoted in "What President Obama’s Re-Election Means for the Future of Long-Term Care"
  • 2012
  • New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act No Longer Just for 'Employees'; Independent Contractors Are Protected In Certain Cases
  • New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act No Longer Just for 'Employees'; Independent Contractors Are Protected In Certain Cases
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar
  • Presenter, “Corporate Culture and Employer Best Practices in the Age of the #MeToo Movement”
  • 2018
  • LVL/Allied World CE/CLE, New York City, New York
  • Co-Presenter, "ADA Title III Litigation"
  • 2018
  • LTC Power Lawyers 2018 Summer Session, Chicago, IL
  • "Closing Arguments"
  • 2018
  • London Seminar, London, UK
  • "U.S. Risks Challenging the London Market: The Opioid Epidemic, #MeToo, and Our Expectations for 2019"
  • 2018
  • Ironshore CE/CLE Lunch and Learn, Hartford, CT
  • "Hot Button Nursing Home Liability Issues and Best Practices for Minimizing Risks and Costs"
  • 2018
  • FDCC Annual Meeting, Maui, Hawaii
  • "The Opioid Crisis and the Blame Game"
  • 2018
  • Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference, San Diego, CA
  • Panelist, "Active Shooter/Workplace Violence Insurance Programs and Consumers Buyer's Guide"
  • 2018
  • AHLA Long-Term Care and the Law Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • Presenter, "Sexual Assault in the Long-Term Care Setting"
  • 2018
  • 8th Annual Forum on Long Term Care Litigation and Risk Management Strategies, American Conference Institute, Miami, FL
  • Presenter, "Enlightening Jurors about the Realties of Infectious Disease Outbreaks in LTC Facilities"
  • 2018
  • United Motorcoach Expo, St. Louis, MO
  • Presenter, "Operations: How Will Proposed New FLSA Overtime Rule Impact You and Your Business?"
  • 2017
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) Conference, Atlanta, GA
  • Presenter, "Spark Session: Workplace Violence in the Health Care Setting"
  • 2017
  • National Business Institute - New Jersey Employment Law, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Presenter, "Workplace Privacy (HIPAA, GINA, etc.)"
  • 2017
  • Long Term Care and the Law, American Health Lawyers Association, San Diego, CA
  • Presenter, “Best Practices for Preventing Violence in the Post-Acute Workplace from Internal and External Sources"
  • 2017
  • Inaugural Long Term Care Insurance ExecuSummit, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
  • Chair and Presenter, "Violence from Within: Managing Risks Associated with Resident on Resident Interactions"
  • 2017
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Charleston, SC
  • Presenter, "Employers, ‘You Can’t Have Any Pudding if You Don’t Eat Your Alphabet Soup!' The Regulatory Agencies Are Filling Your Plate With Rules to Digest"
  • 2017
  • FDCC Annual Meeting, Montreux, Switzerland
  • Presenter "Guns in the Parking Lots and Employees Smoking Weed: What Employers Need to Know in the New Frontier of Workplace Safety"
  • 2017
  • FDCC Annual Meeting, Montreux, Switzerland
  • Presenter, "The New LTC Regulations: What Does the First Major Overall of OBRA Regulations in 25 Years Mean for the Industry and Litigation in the Area"
  • 2017
  • Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference, Miami, FL
  • Presenter, "Best Practices in Record Retrieval"
  • 2017
  • XTreme CLE, Mercer County Bar Association, West Windsor, NJ
  • Presenter, “Title III ADA Actions in Commercial Real Estate”
  • 2016
  • DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Moderator, “Taking the ‘Risky’ Out of the Aging Services Business: Building Blocks for a Comprehensive Risk Management Program"
  • 2016
  • American Health Lawyers Association Long Term Care and the Law Conference, New Orleans
  • Presenter, "Agency Alphabet Soup and the LTC Workforce — Maintaining Compliance With Emerging EEOC, OSHA, and DOL Enforcement Initiatives"
  • 2016
  • ACI 6th Annual Forum on Long Term Care Litigation and Risk Management Strategies, Miami, FL
  • Presenter, “Social Media and Modern Technology: The Power to Build or Destroy All at Your Fingertips"
  • 2016
  • NJICLE, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Presenter, “The Changing Landscape in Nursing Home Litigation"
  • 2015
  • EPLI ExecuSummit
  • Presenter, "Affordable Care Act"
  • 2015
  • ACI Minimizing Legal Risks in the Design, Implementation, and Administration of Employee Benefits Plans, New York, NY
  • Presenter, “Regulatory Enforcement Priorities: IRS/Treasury, DOL, EEOC and PBGC Developments"
  • 2015
  • 22nd National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance, New York, NY
  • Presenter, “The Bermuda Triangle of the ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation in the EPLI Realm: Coverage Complexities, “Hot Button” Accommodation Issues, and Solutions for Minimizing Exposure to Disability Discrimination/FMLA Claims”
  • 2015
  • 2015 AHLA LTC Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • Presenter, "Best Practices for Managing Acuity Creep in Assisted Living"
  • 2015
  • 2015 ABA Workers’ Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference, Naples, FL
  • Presenter, “Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law”
  • 2015
  • Presented by Lorman Education Services, Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Moderator/Presenter, "Workplace Investigations in New Jersey
  • 2014
  • Ninth Annual National Employment Practices Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, Mohegan Sun Resort, CT
  • Presenter, “Tactics for Moving EPL Litigation to Early Resolution"
  • 2014
  • Defense Research Institute Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, Chicago, IL
  • Presenter, “Navigating the Murky Waters: Ethically Managing Social Media for Long-Term Care Providers"
  • 2014
  • Consero Corporate Litigation Forum, Miami, FL
  • Presenter, “Labor and Employment Litigation: Are You On a Level Playing Field or Fighting an Uphill Battle?”
  • 2014
  • 21st National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Chicago, IL
  • Co-Presenter“FMLA and ADA Interaction/Increased Claims and Continued Guidance on the Amended Americans With Disabilities Act and its Impact in the EPLI Realm: The Definition of a Disability, What Constitutes a ‘Reasonable Accommodation’ ..."
  • 2014
  • WESFACCA Annual Ethics CLE, New Castle, NY
  • Presenter, “Strategies for Navigating the Murky Social Media Waters"
  • 2013
  • New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association's Legal Affairs Committee, Trenton, NJ,
  • Panelist, "Ethical Issues in Attorney Fee-Shifting: A Panel Discussion"
  • 2013
  • New Jersey Business & Industry Association's Legal Affairs Committee, Trenton, NJ
  • Panelist, "Ethical Issues in Attorney Fee-Shifting: A Panel Discussion"
  • 2013
  • NBI Seminar: Ethics and Social Media — What Attorneys Need to Know, Toms River, NJ
  • Presenter, "Proper Social Media Conduct/Social Media Policies"
  • 2013
  • American Conference Institute — Long Term Care Regulatory Boot Camp, Chicago, IL
  • Presenter, “Overview of Relevant Labor and Employment Regulations"
  • 2013
  • 2013 Corporate Litigation Forum, Houston, TX
  • Faculty, “Keeping an Eye on the Moving Pieces: The Evolving Landscape of Employment Litigation"
  • 2013
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Princeton Employment and labor Lawyer Caroline Jacobsen Berdzik
Caroline Jacobsen Berdzik
Employment and labor Attorney
Princeton, NJ
Licensed for 23 years