Caroline Berdzik

Biography

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.


Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Health Care Law

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