Rosemary J. Bruno concentrates her practice in the areas of litigation, employment law, employee benefits litigation and defense of consumer class actions. She defends corporate clients and individuals in each of these practice areas.
Rosemary represents consumer product companies in cases brought by individual or multiple plaintiffs and in class actions.
As advisor to management, Rosemary assists employers in creating and maintaining a positive relationship with employees. She advises on workplace policies and practices and provides counsel for decision-making in compliance with federal and state laws that govern the workplace. When a dispute results in administrative action, Rosemary represents employers against charges filed with the EEOC or with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. She defends employers in court actions alleging discrimination or harassment, involving restrictive covenants, or raising other issues under employment contracts.
In the benefits area, Rosemary represents ERISA plans, plan trustees and fiduciaries in cases challenging plan design, investments, operations and decisions.
Rosemary has been named to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list of the Top 100 New Jersey lawyers in 2019, 2016, 2015, 2009 and 2007, and to Super Lawyers' New Jersey Top 50 Women Lawyers list for 12 years straight, from the 2005 inception of New Jersey Super Lawyers to the latest list published in 2016. She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Labor and Employment Litigation consecutively since 2014. Martindale-Hubbell® has given Rosemary an AV® Preeminent peer review rating. In 2018 and 2011, as a result of client nominations, Rosemary was recognized as a BTI Client Service All Star. She is also listed in the 2016 edition of Marquis Who's Who in America.
Some representative matters include:
- Obtained a jury verdict for employer and supervisor, defeating claims of alleged harassment and termination of employment due to “perceived” disability.
- Obtained a jury verdict for defendant-employer after a three-week trial of an alleged disability discrimination case challenging the termination of plaintiff's employment.
- Obtained a jury verdict for defendants in a state court whistleblower suit brought by a chief financial officer against his former employer and two company executives.
- Obtained a voluntary dismissal with prejudice of all claims in a purported nationwide class action brought under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act against an automotive importer.
- Defeated efforts to certify either a nationwide or a single state class in an action filed in New Jersey under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act by an out-of-state consumer against a New Jersey-based company.
- Defeated nationwide class certification in a product liability case against a car manufacturer and obtained a voluntary dismissal of the remaining state class claims.
- Defeated class certification in a suit for medical monitoring brought on behalf of former employees of a defunct textile dye plant in Paterson, N.J.
- Through mediation, resolved related suits against fiduciaries of two employee pension plans of a failed insurance company, where the plans’ assets were overwhelmingly invested in the employer's own investment vehicles.
- Favorably settled breach of fiduciary claims against trustees of a nonprofit hospital that failed to make required pension and benefit plan contributions in the months preceding its bankruptcy filing.
- Obtained a defense verdict in a state court jury trial in Newark, N.J, of an age discrimination case.
- Obtained summary judgment for an individual sued under the NJ Law Against Discrimination as an alleged “aider and abettor.”
- Defended employers and key members of management in cases alleging sexual or racial harassment by co-employees.
- Represented employers in connection with wage and hour audits by the Department of Labor and counseled employers on wage and hour issues.
Rosemary is an active mediator. She has worked with counsel and parties in efforts to achieve early resolution of their disputes in more than 300 cases in private mediations, as well as through her participation as a mediator in the New Jersey Superior Court Presumptive Mediation Program and as a member of the Panel of Certified Mediators for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Rosemary is a member of the District V-A Ethics Committee, appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court. She is a past chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character. She has served on the board of the Rutgers School of Law – Newark Alumni Association and as its president.
Following law school, Rosemary served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Samuel Allcorn, Jr. in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.
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Rutgers School of Law - Newark, J.D., 1976, with honors
Boston College, B.A., 1973, summa cum laude
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)
American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Member, District V-A, New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee
Newark Museum Business & Community Council, member and past president