Annmarie Simeone, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been selected by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law to receive a 2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. Professionalism Awards are given annually to lawyers from bar associations across the state, who by virtue of their conduct, competence, and demeanor, set a positive example for others in the profession. Her award will be presented at the Commission’s Professionalism Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 3, beginning at noon, at The Imperia in Somerset.
Simeone, a resident of Woodbridge, concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims, as well as claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability. Her work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses and challenges faced by larger companies. Simeone also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements. She also drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures.
Simeone earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990. She is admitted to the New Jersey Bar and is a member of the New Jersey State, Somerset, and Middlesex County Bar Associations, and the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey. Simeone is President-Elect of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.