CHRISTOPHER J. CARCICH
Christopher J. Carcich has been practicing law since 2002 and focuses his practice on business litigation, employment contracts, wage and hour cases, partnership and commercial disputes, restrictive covenants, appellate matters and arbitration. In 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Mr. Carcich was included in New Jersey's Super Lawyers Rising Stars, an honor given to only 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys. All New Jersey Rising Stars are 40 or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
Regularly appearing before the State and Federal Courts in New Jersey and New York, as well as before various arbitration panels, he is presently a member of the Bergen County Ethics Committee and the New Jersey State Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee. He has lectured on restrictive covenants and has published several articles in the New Jersey Law Journal. Mr. Carcich seeks to resolve cases in a reasonable and efficient manner, using care and sensitivity to their needs in the process. “Nobody ever comes to a lawyer because all is well. People come in because there’s a problem. I am here to help them through difficult times and to advise and assist them,” he says. He has led many clients to successful resolutions.
He is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College and Seton Hall Law School. Mr. Carcich also holds a Third-Officers U.S. Coast Guard License. Prior to attending law school, he sailed as a Third-Officer for Mobil Oil and Maritime Overseas Corporation, a background that has helped as an employment lawyer to understand cases from the side of the employer and the employee.
Ms. O’Shea-Criscione represents both employees and employers in workplace matters. Regarding employees, Ms. O’Shea-Criscione has represented individuals who have been subjected to unlawful workplace conduct including discrimination, harassment, workplace accommodations, claims arising from the Federal and State Medical Leave Acts and retaliation, including claims for whistleblowing under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act. Regarding employers, Ms. O’Shea-Criscione reviews employee handbooks, presents sexual harassment and anti-discrimination in the workplace training, as well as negotiating or enforcing non-compete and non-solicitation provisions. As a member of the bar in New Jersey and New York, Ms. O’Shea-Criscione appears in New Jersey Superior Court and Municipal Court in northern New Jersey and has been chosen one of Bergen’s Top Attorneys by (201) Magazine for three consecutive years (2012-2015).
Ms. O’Shea-Criscione is a trained and R.1:40 qualified mediator for the Statewide Mediation Program for Civil, General Equity, and Probate Cases. She mediates both private and court-appointed disputes. Ms. O’Shea-Criscione is also a Barrister member of the Justice Morris Pashman Inn of Court. Since 1993, Ms. O’Shea-Criscione has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State University where she teaches undergraduate classes such as “Conflict and Its Resolution,” “Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration,” “Legal Research,” and “Introduction to Law and the Legal Procedure,” as well as teaching graduate level classes on negotiation and mediation. Ms. O’Shea-Criscione has made several appearances on New Jersey News 12 as well as WABC in New York regarding workplace issues and has presented numerous seminars on employee rights.
Ms. O’Shea-Criscione believes that careful listening to the needs of a client has earned her a reputation as a tenacious, attentive and assertive advocate. “In employment and discrimination cases, truth is stranger than fiction. People come to us with egregious circumstances, and with hard work, we have proven most effective in our representation of both individuals and corporations.”
Prior to establishing Carcich O’Shea, Ms. O’Shea-Criscione was a partner with Deutsch Atkins, P.C. Before entering private practice, Ms. O’Shea-Criscione served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Bruce A. Gaeta, J.S.C. (1992-1993). Ms. O’Shea-Criscione earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts in 1988 and her Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law in 1992.
ELLEN MARIE WALSH
Ellen Marie Walsh has over a decade’s worth of experience representing school districts and also serving on public school boards of education. Ms. Walsh uses her school law experience to concentrate in representing school employees and other public employees who have faced discrimination and/or have been wrongfully discharged. She has also expanded her focus to matters involving the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, both the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the New Jersey Family Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Law Against Discrimination. Lately, Ms. Walsh has seen in increase in employee discrimination for reasons associated with the pandemic and has successfully brought those types of cases to resolution.
To keep abreast of current developments in the law, Ms. Walsh is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Bergen County Bar Association and Women Lawyers in Bergen County. She previously served on the Bergen County Ethics Committee.
Ms. Walsh recognizes the substantial impact to a person when they lose their job or are discriminated in their workplace. She works diligently and with compassion to guide her clients through a very difficult time and to obtain the best result for her clients, whether through negotiation or litigation.
A graduate of Swarthmore College, Ms. Walsh received her J.D. from Rutgers-Camden School of Law.