John C. Petrella


973.535.7108 (Direct)
973.533.1112 (Fax)

John C. Petrella is a Partner in the Firm's Newark, NJ office and Chair of the Employment Law and Litigation Practice Group. He is an experienced labor, employment and commercial litigator at both the trial and appellate level. Mr. Petrella concentrates his practice on representing management in employment disputes.

In addition to being an experienced trial and appellate advocate, Mr. Petrella spends much of his time working with employers to identify, reduce and eliminate employment risks. He has litigated and tried numerous state and federal high-stakes multi-plaintiff cases involving age, sex and race discrimination, hostile work environment, restrictive covenants, whistle blower and retaliation claims among others.

Mr. Petrella represents private and public employers in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, New York Division of Human Rights and local and municipal fair employment agencies. He represents leading private employers in a wide range of industries, including technology, healthcare, automotive, construction, banking, insurance and telecommunications.

Mr. Petrella counsels clients in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania on preventative measures to help avoid litigation, such as complex family leave issues as well as drafting employee guidelines, handbooks and best practices to resolve internal complaints of harassment and retaliation. He frequently writes and lectures on these topics.

  • New York Magazine's Best Lawyers for Labor and Employment, consistently listed
  • Super Lawyers for Employment Law Defense, recognized numerous times
  • Best Lawyers in America in Management for Employment Law and Labor Law, ranked since 2011

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