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Louise Trezza lt9164ca@westpost.

net
Morris County, New Jersey 862-251-4181/973-919-1103
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
I am an accomplished Human Resources and Legal Professional with expertise in hu
man relations. My background includes employee relations; staff recruitment an
d retention; performance management and benefits implementation. My legal backg
round provides pertinent knowledge of state and federal employment and labor law
s.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
* Extensive knowledge of state and federal employment laws including the FMLA, A
DA, ADEA, OSHA, COBRA and the NJLAD
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Staff training and development
* Organizational and strategic planning
* Outstanding time management
EDUCATION
CERTIFICATE - HUMAN RESOURCES STUDIES * July 2009 * Cornell University, Ithaca,
NY
JURIS DOCTORATE * June 2003 * Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY *Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ
ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE - PARALEGAL STUDIES
Honor/Activity: Valedictorian, President's List & Phi Theta Kappa Internationa
l Honor Society
Berkeley College of Business, West Paterson, NJ
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER: BASF FUEL CELL * Somerset, NJ September 2008-January
2010
Successfully established a Human Resource presence for all employees at BASF's S
omerset location. Oversaw recruiting and training for all new employees. Succe
ssfully resolved all employee relations issues and provided essential direction
regarding pertinent New Jersey and federal employment laws.
* Secured and maintained a state training grant to increase the skills of employ
ees.
* Handled all recruiting, hiring, training and evaluating functions for new empl
oyees.
* Supported the finance department regarding payroll and benefit issues.
* Established employee policies and incentives such as employee referral plan an
d training programs.
* Conducted investigations into employee complaints and suggested resolutions to
management.
* Provided focused employee relations support for managers and employees to fost
er a healthy work environment.
* Created and maintained the personnel manual which includes a comprehensive lis
t of policies and procedures.
* Responsible for enrollment and maintenance of benefits for all new and existin
g employees.
EMPLOYMENT & LABOR LAW ATTORNEY: Laufer, Knapp, Torzewski & Dalena * Morristown
, NJ * October 2007 - August 2008
Responsible for defending various employment and labor claims brought by employe
es under both state and federal employment laws. Handled litigation files from
inception to completion. Provided counseling to clients on various employment a
nd labor issues.
* Researched and drafted memoranda on various employment and labor issues includ
ing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act, Fai
r Labor Standards Act, and all actions brought under the New Jersey Law Against
Discrimination and Title VII.
* Drafted and reviewed Collective Bargaining Agreements.
* Handled arbitrations and grievances on all NLRB matters.
* Drafted legal briefs, motions, and other court documents needed to successfull
y resolve labor related issues.
* Provided outstanding support in interacting and responding to client employmen
t concerns.
EMPLOYMENT & LABOR LAW ATTORNEY: MantaCole, LLC * Princeton, NJ
March 2005-October 2007
Conducted research and wrote legal memoranda on various employment, labor and in
surance related issues to obtain successful results for clients.
* Successfully secured a sizeable settlement award in a pregnancy discrimination
case.
* Proven ability to successfully litigate employment, labor, and insurance cases
.
* Demonstrated effective time management in drafting position statements, briefs
, mediation statements and memoranda of law in response to client inquiries.
* Prepared cases for trial by identifying client challenges and collaboratively
shaping solutions to effectively meet their needs.
LAW CLERK: Hon. Anthony J. Graziano * Superior Court, Passaic County, Paterson,
NJ
September 2003-August 2004
Handled the review, scheduling and follow-up paperwork to all post-judgment moti
ons and trials brought in front of the court.
* Demonstrated proficiency in reviewing, analyzing, and preparing motion summati
ons for the Judge to assist his review of each matter.
* Worked independently to research case law and applicable court rules to prepar
e thorough memoranda.
* Conducted mediation and settlement conferences to resolve issues between parti
es. Had the second highest settlement rate in the Passaic Vicinage.
* Demonstrated effective time management and ability to multi-task in acting as
a liaison between court managers, attorneys and chambers.
SENIOR PARALEGAL: Connell Foley * Roseland, New Jersey
January 2001-September 2002
Conducted legal research and prepared case digests to support attorneys in the e
mployment and labor law group.
* Conducted legal research using Lexis/Nexis software and prepared case digests
for attorneys.
* Prepared discovery documents.
SENIOR PARALEGAL: UBS/PaineWebber, Inc.* Weehawken, New Jersey
May 1995 - November 2000
Helped establish the employment and labor group within the legal department.
* Supervised two paralegals on various projects including a FLSA class action l
awsuit.
* Conducted legal research and drafted summations for attorneys.
BAR ADMISSIONS
State of New Jersey * December 2003
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey * February 2004