Caroline J. Berdzik, Chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group and Co-Chair of its Employment and Labor Practice Group, devotes her practice to helping corporate clients navigate the panoply of employment law issues, from proactive counseling through dispute resolution and trial. She represents companies in diverse industries such as health care, transportation, retail, construction, insurance, and finance, as well as nonprofit 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.

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.

Her intimate knowledge of the long-term and post-acute care industry is frequently called upon by clients and industry insiders. 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. She is a prolific speaker and writer in the areas of employment law, social media, risk management, and wage and hour issues in the transportation, health care, retail, and other industries. 

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 has earned numerous honors that recognize the value of her legal services and her dedication to the community. These include being named one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJBIZ and regular inclusion among the top legal practitioners in New Jersey and the New York Metro area.

Honors
  • AV Preeminent Peer-Review Rating (Martindale-Hubbell)
  • NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business, 2015
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2014-2016 (Thomson Reuters)
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2006-2009, 2013 (Thomson Reuters)
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2015-2017 (Thomson Reuters)
  • New Jersey Law Journal 40 Under 40, 2008
  • The Trentonian Movers and Shakers Top 20 Under 40, 2005
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Professional Affiliations 
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Long Term Care Risk Forum (LTC)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and ACC New Jersey Chapter: Former Member
Admitted to Practice
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania 
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Community Involvement
  • Capitol County Children's Collaborative: Board Member, 2012-present
  • East Windsor Zoning Board of Adjustment: Member, 2003-present, Vice Chair 2015-present
  • Drew University College Alumni Association: Board Member, 2003-2006, 2013-present; Class Agent, 2014-present
  • Notre Dame High School: Personnel Committee, 2014-present
  • St. Paul School: Administration Committee, 2016-present
Languages
  • French
Education
  • Rutgers School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Drew University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1996
Publications/Presentations
Presentations
  • Presenter, "Workplace Privacy (HIPAA, GINA, etc.)," National Business Institute - New Jersey Employment Law, Atlantic City, NJ, April 11, 2017
  • Presenter, "Workplace Privacy (HIPAA, GINA, etc.)," National Business Institute - New Jersey Employment Law, Cherry Hill, NJ, April 6, 2017
  • Presenter, "Best Practices in Record Retrieval," Crittenden Medical Insurance Conference, Miami, FL, April 4, 2017
  • 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," Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Charleston, SC, March 8, 2017
  • Presenter, "Operations: How Will Proposed New FLSA Overtime Rule Impact You and Your Business?" United Motorcoach Expo, St. Louis, MO, February 28, 2017
  • Presenter, “Best Practices for Preventing Violence in the Post-Acute Workplace from Internal and External Sources,” Long Term Care and the Law, American Health Lawyers Association, San Diego, CA, February 24, 2017
  • Presenter, “Title III ADA Actions in Commercial Real Estate”, XTreme CLE, Mercer County Bar Association, West Windsor, NJ, November 15, 2016
  • Moderator, “Taking the ‘Risky’ Out of the Aging Services Business: Building Blocks for a Comprehensive Risk Management Program,” DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ, September 8-9, 2016
  • Presenter, "Agency Alphabet Soup and the LTC Workforce — Maintaining Compliance With Emerging EEOC, OSHA, and DOL Enforcement Initiatives," American Health Lawyers Association Long Term Care and the Law Conference, New Orleands, February 22-24, 2016
  • Presenter, “Social Media and Modern Technology: The Power to Build or Destroy All at Your Fingertips,”  ACI 6th Annual Forum on Long Term Care Litigation and Risk Management Strategies, Miami, FL, January 20-22, 2016
  • Presenter, “The Changing Landscape in Nursing Home Litigation,” NJICLE, New Brunswick, NJ, December 9, 2015
  • Presenter, “Regulatory Enforcement Priorities: IRS/Treasury, DOL, EEOC and PBGC Developments,” ACI Minimizing Legal Risks in the Design, Implementation, and Administration of Employee Benefits Plans, New York, NY, November 17-18, 2015
  • Presenter, "Affordable Care Act," EPLI ExecuSummit, April 15, 2015 
  • Presenter, “Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law”, 2015 ABA Workers’ Compensation Midwinter Seminar and Conference, Naples, FL, March 19-21, 2015
  • 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”,  22nd National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance, New York, NY, March 2-3, 2015
  • Presenter, "Best Practices for Managing Acuity Creep in Assisted Living," 2015 AHLA LTC Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 24, 2015
  • Presenter, “Labor and Employment Litigation: Are You On a Level Playing Field or Fighting an Uphill Battle?” Consero Corporate Litigation Forum, Miami, FL, October 5–7, 2014
  • Presenter, “Tactics for Moving EPL Litigation to Early Resolution,” Ninth Annual National Employment Practices Liability Insurance ExecuSummit, Mohegan Sun Resort, CT, September 30–October 1, 2014
  • Presenter, “Navigating the Murky Waters: Ethically Managing Social Media for Long-Term Care Providers,” Defense Research Institute Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, Chicago, IL, September 19, 2014
  • 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’ and Minimizing Exposure to Disability Discrimination Claims,” 21st National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Chicago, IL, June 23, 2014
  • Moderator/Presenter, "Workplace Investigations in New Jersey," presented by Lorman Education Services, Mount Laurel, NJ, February 28, 2014