Kerri A. Wright

Wright, Kerri

Principal Morristown, NJ
973.889.4327
kawright@pbnlaw.com

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Kerri Wright is a principal of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. and a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, where she co-chairs the Education and Employment Team. She focuses her practice in the areas of education law and employment law, specifically in representation of management in both employment counseling and employment litigation.

Kerri handles a variety of employment law matters for the firm’s public and private sector clients in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies, including the EEOC and the New Jersey Department of Labor. She has litigation and counseling experience in numerous areas of employment law, including issues involving wage and hour claims, restrictive covenants, harassment, discrimination, and whistleblowing. She has successfully defended management in class-action wage and hour lawsuits and has handled numerous investigations by management into allegations of employee wrongdoing.

Kerri has significant experience representing and counseling school boards, charter schools, private schools and colleges in a variety of areas. She is one of only a few experts in the State in the area of reconfiguring school districts, including the creation and dissolution of regional school districts and the creation and termination of sending-receiving relationships.

As an elected member of the Chester Board of Education in Morris County, Kerri is serving in her fourth term. She served several years as the President of the Board, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board’s negotiation committee. She has successfully negotiated employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements with each one of the Board’s labor groups.

Prior Relevant Experience
  • Georgia Supreme Court, Chambers of Justice Hunstein, Atlanta, Georgia, Legal Intern, Fall 2004
  • Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C., Morristown, New Jersey, Summer Associate, 2004
  • Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C., Morristown, New Jersey, Summer Intern, 2003
  • Law Office of David Spector & Associate, Millburn, New Jersey, Law Clerk, 1999–2002
  • Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morristown, New Jersey, Intern/Analyst, Summer 2001
  • Morris County Court, Morristown, New Jersey, Intern, Family Court, Non-Dissolution Unit, Summer 2000
Opinions, Decisions and Cases
  • Board of Education of Merchantville v. Board of Education of Pennsauken, OAL Docket No. EDU 1927-12, aff'd by Comm'r, Agency Docket No. 10-1/12 (April 2015)
  • A.K. & D.K. o/b/o B.K. v. Springfield Township Bd. of Ed., OAL Docket No. EDS 05970-14, Agency Docket No. 2009-14115 (Oct. 2015)
  • In the Matter of December 9, 2014 Special School Election, 439 N.J. Super. 416 (App. Div. 2015)
  • In the Matter of The Petition for Authorization to Conduct a Referendum on the Withdrawal of North Haledon School District from the Passaic County Manchester Regional High School District, State of New Jersey, 2015 WL 6181332 (App. Div. 2015)
  • Edmondson v. Elmer, et al., 424 N.J. Super. 256 (App. Div. 2012)
  • Securitas Security Services, U.S.A., Inc., v. New Jersey Department of Treasury, Division of Purchase and Property; and Protection Plus Security Corporation, et al., Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division, Docket No. A-2608-10T4, A 5965-10T4 and A-0894-11T4
  • J.K., on behalf of minor child, P.B., v. Board of Education of the Township of Springfield, Union County, OAL Docket No. EDU 09972-09, aff'd by Comm'r, Agency Docket No. 219-8/09
  • Maureen Miller v. Board of Education of the Township of Clinton, Hunterdon County, OAL Docket No. EDU 11444-10, aff'd by Comm'r, Agency Docket No. 555-9/10
  • Betsy Carey v. Bd. of Educ. of Twp. of Springfield, Union County, 2010 OAL Docket No. EDU 11994-09, aff'd by Comm'r, Agency Docket No. 222-9/09
  • Michael C. Matthews, Jr. v. The New Jersey Institute of Technology, et al., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59171, Civil Action NO. 09-2840
  • Michael C. Matthews, Jr. v. The New Jersey Institute of Technology, et al., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27182, Civil Action NO. 09-2840
  • KVL Audio Visual Services, Inc. v. Hackworth, 2010 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 107, (App. Div. 2010)(unpublished)
  • N.J. Ass'n of School Business Officials v. Davy, 409 N.J. Super. 467 (App. Div. 2009)
  • Bd. of Educ. of Borough of Newfield v. Bd. of Educ. of Buena Reg'l Schl. Dist., 2009 N.J. AGEN LEXIS 728, aff'd by Comm'r, Agency Docket No. 50-2/07
  • Jennifer Wallace v. Bd. of Educ. of Twp. of Franklin, 2008 N.J. AGEN LEXIS 804, aff'd by Comm'r, Agency Docket No. 250-7/06
  • Donald Sloan v. Bd. of Educ. of Twp. of Clinton, 2007 N.J. AGEN LEXIS 641, aff'd by Comm'r, Agency Docket No. 956-07
Honors and Awards
  • Recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers List, Education and Employment, 2017
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of New Jersey Law Journal's New Leaders of the Bar
  • Recognized in the 2012-2015 editions of New Jersey Super Lawyers "Rising Stars," Employment & Labor
  • LeadNJ Graduate, 2014
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Trial Academy, Graduate, 2008

Honors and Awards

Organizations/Memberships
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Primary Law Firm Network—Employment Litigation Principal, New Jersey; Member of DuPont Women Lawyers Network; Chair of New Initiatives Committee
  • Fellow, LeadNJ, 2014 - Present
  • Chester Board of Education, Member, 2007 - Present, Vice President, 2010 - 2012; President, 2013
  • Member of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys
  • Morris County Bar Association
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Personnel Files," ASAH Human Resource Group Meeting, Edison, NJ, March 7, 2017.
  • "Critical Contracts for Your Organization," ASAH Business Managers Workshop, Edison, NJ, December 15, 2016. 
  • "New Employment Regs," NJCPA Bergen Chapter Annual Tax Seminar, Paramus, NJ, November 19, 2016.
  • "Critical Changes To The FLSA: Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 15, 2016.
  • "Social Media: Part Two - What Happens When You No Longer 'Like' Your Employees," Business Owners Symposium Series, Morristown, NJ, October 21, 2016.
  • "Social Media Legal Issues for Owners - Take off Your Marketing Hat and Put on Your Owner Hat," Business Owners Symposium Series, Morristown, NJ, June 17, 2016.
  • "Creating the South Hunterdon Regional School District: Lessons Learned and Future Plans," Bringing Students Together, Princeton, NJ, June 15, 2016.
  • "Employment Law 101: How to Draft PSSD Employee Contracts and How to Handle Health Benefits during Medical and Family Leaves," ASAH's 3rd Annual Symposium for Business Office and Human Resources Personnel, Iselin, NJ, May 13, 2016.
  • "Changes Affecting Business Utilization of Independent Contractors," Business Owners Symposium Series, Morristown, NJ, April 15, 2016.
  • "Advanced Topics in Family and Medical Leave," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 20, 2015.
  • "How to put the "Independent" in Independent Contractor Status," Bergen Chapter NJCPA Annual Tax Seminar, Paramus, NJ, November 14, 2015.
  • "Risk Assessment – Corporate and Tax Compliance to Maintain Your Non-Profit Business: Failure to Comply Can Put You Out of Business," ASAH's 38th Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, November 13, 2015.
  • "Cyber Security," The New Jersey Law Journal's In-House Counsel CLE Program, Florham Park, NJ, September 15, 2015.
  • "Training Program: Everything You Need To Know About Unions," Morris County, NJ, May 15, 2015.
  • "What Your Lawyer Wishes That You Knew," The Alternative Board NJ, Pine Brook, NJ, April 17, 2015.
  • "The Basics on Charter Schools and Tax," 7th Annual New Jersey Charter Schools Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, March 30, 2015.
  • "School Law for the Non-School Lawyer," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December 19, 2014.
  • "Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights," National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, December 9, 2014.
  • "New Regulations, Legislation, and Case Law Impacting Your Business," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 17, 2014.
  • "Staff Rights and Responsibilities," Morris County Association of School Administrators, July 17, 2014.
  • "Cutting Edge Wage and Hour Issues: From BYOD to Unpaid Interns," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, November 15, 2013.
  • "Recent Supreme Court Decisions and Implications for Employers," DuPont, Wilmington, DE, August 13, 2013.
  • "Current Hot Topics in Charter School Law," New Jersey Charter Schools Conference, April 15, 2013.
  • "You’re Fired: Addressing and Properly Handling the Challenges of Employee Terminations," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, December 3, 2012.
  • "Employment Laws Made Simple: Wage and Hour issues," National Business Institute, Newark, NJ, June 13, 2012.
  • "Social Media For Your Non-Profit Organization," ARC of New Jersey, May 30, 2012.
  • "Employment Law Topics That Impact Your Business," New Jersey Child Care Association's Annual Conference, New Brunswick, NJ, March 31, 2012.
  • “Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights," National Business Institute, Princeton, NJ, January 24, 2012.
  • "Communicating with the Troops: How to Best Document and Distribute Information on Company Policies," Porzio Employment Law Forum, November 17, 2011.
  • "Cutting Edge Wage and Hour Issues: Avoiding Emerging Pitfalls," Porzio Employment Law Forum, November 17, 2011.
  • "Hot Legal Topics that Impact Your Business," New Jersey Child Care Association's Partners in Education Child Care Conference, Raritan, NJ, April 2, 2011.
  • "Wage and Hour: The U.S. DOL Initiatives and Lessons Learned from Class Action Lawsuits," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, October 26, 2010.
  • "The Benefits of Sharing Services Between School Districts and Municipalities," State and Local Officials Roundtable, Cranford, NJ, April 29, 2010.
  • "Student Drug Testing," Student Privacy: The Top 4 Hot Button Legal Issues, NBI Seminar, Princeton, NJ, March 23, 2010.
  • "Recent Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA")" and "Case Law Update on NJ Law Against Discrimination," Porzio Employment Law Forum, Morristown, NJ, October 6, 2009.
  • "Governance and Education," Morris County Administrators and Supervisors Association, Morristown NJ, August 5, 2009.
  • "Written Rules of the Workplace," Professional Women’s Group, Madison, New Jersey, May 16, 2006.

Practice

Industries

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2005
  • New York, 2006
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 2005
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York, 2006
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2006

Education

Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, J.D., cum laude, 2005

  • Emory Law Journal, Articles Editor
  • Order of the Coif
  • 2005 State Bar of Georgia Labor and Employment Law Section Award
  • Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement in Employment Discrimination
  • Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement in Torts
  • Dean’s List

Seton Hall University, Newark, New Jersey, Masters of Public Administration, 2002

Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, B.A., magna cum laude, 2001

  • Dean’s List
  • Member of Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society
  • Member of Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146

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