Christine P. O’Hearn

Partner
360 Haddon Avenue, Westmont, NJ 08108
Tel: 856.854.8900 / Fax: 856.858.4967
cohearn@brownconnery.com

Labor and Employment / Litigation / Government Litigation / Professional Liability

Christine P. O’Hearn is a partner with the firm and concentrates her practice in labor and employment and complex civil litigation. Ms. O’Hearn is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has been a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court since 2007. In 2004, Ms. O’Hearn was selected as one of the “Top 40 Attorneys Under 40” in New Jersey by the New Jersey Law Journal for the second time. She was previously selected in 2002. In 2003, Ms. O’Hearn’s achievements were recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal and featured in its “Women and Minorities in the Legal Profession.” Most recently, in 2014, Ms. O’Hearn was named one of the “Best in the Business” in South Jersey Biz Magazine. She is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Ms. O’Hearn defends individuals and management in all employment related matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment and wage and hour disputes in the state and federal courts as well as before the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She represents many public entities as labor counsel and in defense of litigation claims. She prepares, drafts and negotiates employment contracts and represents employers in litigation matters related to alleged breaches of contract and restrictive covenant and non-compete provisions. She has experience representing public employers before various administrative agencies including the New Jersey Civil Service Commission, the New Jersey Public Employee Relations Commission and the Office of Administrative Law. Ms. O’Hearn also represents employers in union related matters including matters before the National Labor Relations Board such as petitions for certification, elections, and unfair labor practices as well as collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations.

Ms. O’Hearn assists employers in implementing policies and strategies to prevent employment litigation claims including drafting and review of employment handbooks and employment policies. She regularly conducts employee and management training sessions on subject matters which include discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, performance evaluations, discipline, etc.

Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Preeminent® Rating

education

University of Delaware (B.A., 1990)

Temple University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, Moot Court Board, Best Oral Advocate, 1993)

admissions

United States Supreme Court

Supreme Court of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

professional affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney

New Jersey Supreme Court, District IV Ethics Committee, Member (2003-2009)

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance

American Bar Association

New Jersey Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Camden County  Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Arbitrator/Mediator, National Arbitration and Mediation

recognition

Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Preeminent® Rating

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

“Top 40 Attorneys Under 40″ in New Jersey, New Jersey Law Journal (2004 & 2002)

“Women and Minorities in the Profession”, New Jersey Law Journal (2003)

“Best in the Biz”, South Jersey Magazine (2014)

publications

“Theft or Protected Activity? Can You Terminate the Document Thief?” Defense Research Institute, For the Defense (Jan. 2016)

“Social Media in Employment Discrimination Cases: How to Get It and What to Do With It”, 220 N.J.L.J. 447 (2015);

“Social Media Discovery in Employment Discrimination Cases: How to Get It and What to Do With It”, The Job Description, Defense Research Institute, Vol. 27, Issue 2 (2015);

“Substantial Expansion of the NJLAD Anti-Retaliation Provision”, 193 N.J.L.J. 758 (2008)

“Assumption Refuted: No Duty to Provide Pregnant Employees with Light Duty”, 192 N.J.L.J. 1079 (2008)

“The Proper Response to a Grievance: How an Attorney can Effectively Manage an Ethics Inquiry,” 187 N.J.L.J. 260 (2007);

“Accommodation Versus Risk, Friction Between Accommodating a Disabled Employee and Ensuring Patients Safety”, 186 N.J.L.J. 286 (2006);

“Benefits Decision Does Not Bar Other Suits – Collateral Estoppel Is Not Applicable To Unemployment Compensation Determinations”, 184 N.J.L.J. 891 (2006);

“A Doctor Cannot Veto Settlement Where Hospital Is Named Insured”, 181 N.J.L.J. 518 (2005);

“Discrimination Decision A Mixed Bag For Employers: State Supreme Court Addresses Emotional Distress, Individual Liability Under NJLAD”, 178 N.J.L.J. 949 (2004)

American Bar Association, Midwinter Report of The Subcommittee On Family and Medical Leave Act, Section Of Labor And Employment Law (2001, 2002)

Labor Standards Legislation (Contributing Editor) (2001, 2002)

speaking engagements

Insights to Federal Practice:  Perspectives of the Bench and Bar, Federal Bar Association, District of New Jersey (2017)

Discrimination, Harassment, Workplace Bullying and Workplace Violence, Gloucester County Insurance Commission (2017)

Liability and Workers Compensation Cost Containment Strategies, PERMA (2016)

Private Practice of Law, Federal Judicial Intern Program, D.N.J. Camden (2016, 2015)

NJ Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act, Camden County Bar Association (2016)

Civil Trial Advocacy Summer Institute, NJ ICLE, Expert Witnesses at Trial (2016)

Social Media and Ethics, TD Bank, N.A. (2015)

Psychological Fitness: Legal Issues & Referral Guidelines for Public Safety Agencies, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, Internal Affairs Investigations Seminar (2015)

Employment Practices Liability, N.J. Municipal Excess Joint Insurance Fund (2010)

Risk Management for Municipalities, N.J. Joint Insurance Fund (2010)

Harassment, Discrimination &Wrongful Termination, N.J. Municipal Joint Insurance Fund (2008)

Hospital Law and Employment Law, Widener School of Law (2007, 2006)

Mastering Federal Rules of Civil Procedure & Local Rules, Camden County Bar Association (2006)

Understanding the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Camden County Bar Association (2004)

Employment Practices Update, New Jersey Municipal Excess Liability Fund (2002, 2003)

Family and Medical Leave Act, Drafting an FMLA Policy,  Lorman Business Institute (1999, 2000)

Sexual Harassment in Schools, Camden County Bar Association  (2000)

Sexual Harassment, Camden County Bar Association (1999)