Annmarie Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.
Annmarie 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 corporate defendants, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, as well as challenges faced by larger companies.
In addition, Annmarie provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel with respect to a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements. She also drafts employee manuals and employment-related policies and procedures.
Annmarie has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees. She has presented programs on handling workplace investigations; on acceptable workplace behavior which includes issues of harassment, bullying, and other workplace conduct rules; and on how to properly craft and implement employee handbooks. Annmarie also has significant experience in complex commercial litigation, focusing on business disputes such as shareholder actions, commission disputes, and breach of contract matters.
In addition, Annmarie practices in the area of higher education. This portion of her practice primarily relates to the defense of employment-related claims, and also extends to litigating cases in federal and state courts defending allegations of civil rights and constitutional violations.
In connection with all areas of her practice, Annmarie is responsible for supervision and handling of pretrial proceedings, including discovery and motion practice, as well as settlement negotiations, dispositive motions, arbitrations, and mediations, counseling clients through all phases of litigation in both federal and state courts.
Annmarie recently received the Presidential Leadership Award from the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, and in 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. In 2013, she was named the Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women. Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Annmarie served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert P. Figarotta, P.J.S.C., (ret.) Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County.
Annmarie Simeone has earned the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® status. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
In 2018, Annmarie received the Presidential Leadership Award from the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.
In 2013, Annmarie was named the Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.
In 2016, Annmarie received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.