Employment & Labor

Capehart Scatchard Labor and Employment attorneys work with management to address the wide variety of legal and human resource challenges that abound.
Lauren E. Tedesco-Dallas
Lauren E. Tedesco is an associate with the firm and concentrates her practice on the representation of boards of education and charter schools in all areas of school law including: labor and employment, special education, Section 504, student discipline, FERPA, Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, student residency, civil rights, tenure, OPRA, OPMA, and teaching staff tenure matters under TEACHNJ and ACHIEVENJ.
Ralph R. Smith, 3rd
Co-Chair Employment & Labor Practice. Mr. Smith practices in employment litigation and preventative employment practices, including counseling employers on the creation of employment policies, non-compete and trade secret agreements, and training employers to avoid employment-related litigation. He represents both companies and individuals in related complex commercial litigation before federal states courts and administrative agencies in labor and employment cases including race, gender, age, national origin, disability and workplace harassment and discrimination matters, wage-and-hour disputes, restrictive covenants, grievances, arbitration, drug testing, and employment related contract issues.
Carmen Saginario Jr.
Co-Chair Employment & Labor Practice. Mr. Saginario focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling. He regularly counsels clients on litigation avoidance, personnel policies and procedures including those associated with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, employment discipline, layoffs and other terminations. Mr. Saginario directs and participates in internal investigations involving claims of harassment, policy violations, ethics and other employment issues. He also appears on behalf of private and public sector clients before the judiciary as well as State and Federal administrative agencies (EEOC, N.J. Division on Civil Rights, etc.). Mr. Saginario is also experienced in representing clients before arbitrators and mediators. He has negotiated numerous public collective negotiations agreements (e.g., law enforcement, public works, etc.).
Laura D. Ruccolo
Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Practice. Ms. Ruccolo is an experienced “hands on” litigator with over 20 years of experience. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including the defense of class action litigation. She represents small, medium and large companies, banks and financial institutions and professionals and counsels them in all aspects of their business, from reviewing, negotiating and drafting contracts in a wide variety of areas, addressing employment issues and compliance issues. Ms. Ruccolo knows that open and regular communication with her client is essential to meeting the client’s goals. Ms. Ruccolo tries to resolve business disputes before litigation becomes necessary.

Laura D. Ruccolo

Shareholder

Andrew C. Rimol
Mr. Rimol focuses his practice on governmental, administrative/regulatory, and complex litigation matters. He represents governmental and private entities, as well as individuals, with respect to laws governing employment, civil service and municipal matters.
Chair, Governmental Affairs Practice. Glenn focuses practice in the areas of administrative law, environmental law and civil litigation.

Glenn R. Paulsen

Executive Committee Member

Robert A. Muccilli
Co-Chair, Education Practice. Mr. Muccilli’s practice focuses in the areas of school law, and labor and employment. He has represented school districts with respect to a variety of education law issues involving students, teachers, school construction and special education issues including questions pertaining to inclusion, least restrictive environment, discipline, behavior management, transition, evaluation, discrete trial instruction, medically fragile students, dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Aspergers Syndrome, and equal access to activities and services for disabled individuals.
Cameron R. Morgan
Mr. Morgan has served the public school districts of the State of New Jersey in the specialized area of school law, representing boards of education in all aspects of their legal needs, with a focus on general counsel services, civil litigation, special education, administrative law, collective negotiations, labor and employment, and appellate practice. He has served as Board Solicitor to dozens of school districts, guiding district administrators through the diverse range of issues affecting the public schools, from personnel matters, tenure cases, and the range of issues that frequently arise at public board meetings, to student disciplinary matters, residency disputes, and homelessness issues, to complex matters involving the budgetary process or First Amendment rights.
Bruce L. Harrison
Bruce L. Harrison, Esq. rejoined the firm in 2009 as a shareholder of the Labor & Employment and Environmental/OSHA Groups and Chair of the Mediation and Dispute Resolution Group. Starting in 1975, Mr. Harrison focused his practice in the representation of clients in claims relating to labor and employment, civil rights, business, litigation and regulatory matters. More recently, he has developed an active ADR practice acting as a mediator. (Visit Bruce’s Mediation website.) From May 1, 2006 until July 2, 2008, Mr. Harrison served as the Vice President and General Counsel for Metrologic Instruments, Inc., a world leader in designing and manufacturing bar code reading technology. After Metrologic was acquired by Honeywell International, Mr. Harrison returned to the firm. Mr. Harrison has frequently spoken to trade and business associations on topics including sexual and other harassment, OSHA, FMLA and similar issues. Mr. Harrison is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.
Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev
Ms. Dev concentrates her practice on the representation of boards of education and charter schools in all areas of school law including: labor and employment, special education, Section 504, student discipline, FERPA, Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, student residency, civil rights, tenure, OPRA, and OPMA. In connection with these representations, she is experienced in handling matters before State and Federal courts, including the Office of Administrative Law. Ms. Dev is an experienced special education litigator and defends school districts in due process hearings from inception through trial. In addition, she has handled matters before governmental agencies, including the U.S. Office for Civil Rights and New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. Ms. Dev routinely conducts training and seminars, drafts policies and manuals, and provides strategic advice to school administrators regarding school law issues.
Primitivo J. Cruz
Mr. Cruz focuses his practice on governmental, administrative/regulatory, and complex litigation matters. Mr. Cruz represents governmental and private entities, as well as individuals, with respect to laws governing employment, civil service and municipal matters.
Evan H.C. Crook
Mr. Crook focuses his practice on governmental, administrative/regulatory, and complex litigation matters. Mr. Crook represents governmental and private entities, as well as individuals, with respect to laws governing employment, civil service and municipal matters.

Evan H.C. Crook

Shareholder

Vincent T. Cieslik
Focuses his practice in the representation of individuals, small businesses, not-for-profits and and large corporations in complicated and often high-risk litigation. Vince’s areas of expertise are in commercial litigation, health care law, and estate law.
William R. Burns
Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Criminal Trial Attorney. Mr. Burns concentrates on the representation of private and public sector clients in all aspects of litigation. He has appeared before federal and state trial and appellate courts, federal and state administrative agencies, federal and state commissions, and state, county and local boards (e.g. Public Employment Relations Committee, Board of Public Utilities, Division of Civil Rights, and land use boards).

William R. Burns

Shareholder

Joseph F. Betley
Mr. Betley concentrates on labor and employment law, civil rights, school law, including special education, and construction law.

Joseph F. Betley

Shareholder

Stephen J. Alexander
Mr. Alexander focuses his practice on all aspects of tort defense, products liability, employment and construction litigation representing large and small business owners and manufacturers, as well as insurance companies. He also has experience in the area of professional malpractice.

Stephen J. Alexander

Executive Committee Member