Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA), received the Presidential Leadership Award at NJWLA’s 11th Annual WILL Platinum Gala at The Grove in Cedar Grove on Tuesday, March 20.
The award is given each year to the current NJWLA President, whose focus during the year is leading the organization, through its programs and events, to fulfill the varied aspects of the NJWLA mission, which is aimed at promoting the advancement and retention of women in the legal profession in New Jersey. Norris McLaughlin, P.A. was a Platinum sponsor of the Gala. At the Gala, NJWLA honored women leaders in the law from the judicial, public, corporate, and private law firm sectors, and presented a Trailblazer Award.
The NJWLA is an independent association with over 1,500 members. The purpose and mission of NJWLA is to engage in statewide efforts to support and promote its members to the highest levels of law firms, government, academia, community and corporate positions, and the judiciary, to endorse qualified female attorneys for appointments to the state and federal judiciary, and to foster leadership and inclusion among its membership. It is also NJWLA’s purpose and mission to engage in efforts designed to retain and advance women in the legal profession, particularly in New Jersey, through collaborations, research support, and/or other activities, including education of its membership, corporations, government, the judiciary, law firms, other memberships, associations and/or other organizations, and law school students.
Simeone, a resident of Woodbridge, concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She appears in state and federal courts, and in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and 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 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 drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.
Simeone received 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 County, and Middlesex County Bar Associations, and the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey. 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. 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 NJWLA.