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KIRSTEN SCHEURER BRANIGAN, Owner
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Kirsten S. Branigan is the owner of the Law Office of Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, P.C., which she founded in 2006.
Ms. Branigan is an experienced employment lawyer, litigator and investigator, having practiced exclusively in the area of employment law for 20+ years. Ms. Branigan has handled matters from both the plaintiff and defense perspectives, which has fostered her role as a neutral, including as an independent investigator, arbitrator, mediator and expert witness.
Ms. Branigan has experience with independent fact-finding investigations, often complex in nature, involving the upper echelon of organizational management, including in human resources, compliance and legal departments. She serves as an AAA Arbitrator and Mediator where she handles a wide range of employment matters. She handles high-level executive matters requiring navigation of sophisticated compensation and separation terms often implicating upper management and provides employment negotiations and litigation services. She also performs training, including harassment/discrimination prevention and provides expert witness services.
Ms. Branigan has received awards and distinctions for her commitment to women in the law, gender equity and her professionalism and employment law work. In September 2016, Ms. Branigan was named to the 2016 elected group of Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, which honors the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of Labor and Employment Law. On March 22, 2016, Ms. Branigan was honored for her leadership at the 9th annual Women's Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Gala, an event attended by more than 700 members of the NJ legal community. In August 2014, Ms. Branigan was appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts on which she still serves. Ms. Branigan is rated AV Preeminent, which is the highest peer rating through Martindale Hubbell.1 Ms. Branigan is a recognized leader in the New Jersey legal community. From 2006-2008, she served as President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA), an organization whose revitalization in recent years has been attributed to her leadership.
(Read more - Lawyer on a Mission, New Jersey Lawyer Article) Ms. Branigan led NJWLA (which was on the brink of disbanding prior to her Presidency) to a growing and robust membership that presently comprises over 1,000 members. (Read more - NJWLA Recasts Mission, New Jersey Law Journal Article)
Ms. Branigan received a gubernatorial appointment in 2007 to serve as a Commissioner with the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission ("PERC"), a seven-member, quasi-judicial administrative agency charged with administrating public sector labor issues, unfair practices, mediation, fact-finding and arbitration. Ms. Branigan served as a PERC Commissioner from 2007 until 2009.
Prior to starting her own firm in 2006, she practiced employment law and litigation for 10 years at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, one of New Jersey's largest firms. Ms. Branigan also worked as an Assistant County Counsel for the Office of the Essex County Counsel handling labor and employment work. During her career, Ms. Branigan also worked at several smaller private law firms, interned for United States Magistrate Judge Ronald J. Hedges and clerked in the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Jersey City.
Ms. Branigan lectures on employment law topics, including investigations and arbitration. She served as a panel member on "Advanced Investigations: What Am I Missing?" at the American Bar Association 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference (Los Angeles, November 7, 2014) and "Workplace Investigations: Getting to the Bottom of Complex Matters without Falling into a Trap," at the American Bar Association 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference (New Orleans, November 9, 2013) and arbitration of Employment Cases, New Jersey Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association (New Jersey, September 20, 2016). (Click here for a full list of Ms. Branigan's Seminars)
Ms. Branigan publishes on employment law topics, including conducting investigations and preventative and remedial measures in the workplace and gender equity issues. Examples of her published articles are: Magna Carta: Still Paving the Long Road to Equality, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine (June 2015); "Effective Measures in Harassment Cases: Have New Jersey Courts Established a Reasonable Standard of Care?," New Jersey Law Journal (April 2011); "Importance of Workplace Investigations (Corporate Preventative and Remedial Measures)," New Jersey Lawyer (October 30, 2006); and "Conducting and Attacking Employment Investigations," New Jersey Law Journal, (March, 2003). (Click here for a full list of Ms. Branigan's Publications)
Ms. Branigan has received several awards and distinctions in past years. In 2008, Ms. Branigan has received the esteemed Alice Paul Equality Award bestowed by the Alice Paul Institute in honor of her work to advance equality for women. In 2008, she was recognized as a NJ BIZ Mover & Shaker in the legal industry and was a recipient of the NJ BIZ 40 Under Forty Award. In 2008, she was bestowed with the Kirsten Scheurer Branigan Presidential Leadership Award by NJWLA, an award created in her name in recognition of her dedication to the advancement and retention of women in the legal profession and her efforts to revitalize NJWLA. In 2007, she became a Founding Partner of the New Jersey Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education's Women in Law Project addressing issues relevant to the advancement and retention of women in the law. In 2006, Ms. Branigan was honored by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism and NJWLA with the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award.
Ms. Branigan attended Rutgers University Law School-Newark in New Jersey where she earned her J.D. in 1995 and attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick New Jersey, where she obtained her B.A. in 1992, with high honors. Ms. Branigan attended, Saint Dominic Academy in Jersey City.
Ms. Branigan resides in New Jersey with her husband, their three children and rescue dog. She remains passionate about efforts to retain and advance women in the legal profession. She writes on topics including worklife balance and her own personal quest for balance as a female lawyer. She recently published, The Carousel Awaits: A Female Lawyers Quest for Work-Life Balance.
Bar Admissions: New Jersey, United States District Court (District of New Jersey), 1995
1 AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale Hubbell procedures, standards and policies. MARTINDALE-HUBBELL® PEER REVIEW RATINGS TM are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability. The rating is generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in similar areas of practice within the same jurisdiction and geographic location.
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