Overview

Ms. Bird counsels employers on employment and human resources issues, conducts and assists in investigations, and litigates as necessary in these areas. Her clients range from small, family-owned businesses, hospitals, and higher education institutions to regional based companies with thousands of employees. She represents her clients in proceedings in federal and state courts, and state and federal civil rights agencies, as well as arbitrations and mediations.

Her practice includes:

  • Developing, drafting, and assisting in implementation of employment policies, procedures, handbooks, and contracts;
  • Providing advice on equal employment, hiring, performance management, termination, and leave issues;
  • Conducting workplace training on a variety of topics;
  • Handling and advising on workplace and Title IX investigations and responses to employee and student complaints;
  • Responding to government agency charges, investigations and audits, including by the EEOC, state civil rights agencies, and the OFCCP;
  • Defending management in litigation relating to discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, wrongful discharge, tort, and contract claims;
  • Representing individual officers, directors, and employees who have been sued personally for discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, and related tort and contract claims; and
  • Advising clients on labor matters and supporting clients in defending labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and union organizing campaigns.

FOCUS AREAS

Ms. Bird provides counseling services to help every client create a legally compliant workplace and a more productive and efficient workforce. She advises employers on employment and human resources issues and also trains employees on topics essential to the workplace or their particular positions. For example, Ms. Bird's recent training sessions included a performance management session for a small team of supervisory employees, as well as company-wide anti-harassment training.

Ms. Bird conducts investigations into allegations of misconduct involving Title VIII, Title IX, and state laws, as well as workplace and student codes of conduct and policies. Over the past year, she has investigated bullying and discrimination allegations as well as human resources compliance issues.

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)
  • College of the Holy Cross (B.A.)
  • University of Virginia (M.A.T.)

Professional Activities

Chair, Part VI of the State of New Jersey, Committee on Character, Appointment by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, July 2014
State of New Jersey, Committee on Character, Appointment by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, July 2006-July 2014

New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
Programming Committee: Co-Chair, July 2010 - July 2012 
Women's Leadership Committee: Co-Chair, July 2012 - July 2014

New Jersey Bankers Association
Appointed to Serve on the Human Resources Committee, April 13, 2005 - March 30, 2008

Seton Hall University School of Law
Adjunct Professor, August 1999 - January 2003

New Jersey State Bar Association
Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association
Litigation Section
Woman Advocate Committee
Labor and Employment Law Section
EEO Committee and State Labor
Employment Law Development Committee

Professional Admissions

  • State of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

NEWSROOM

Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment

Listed in Best Lawyers®, Litigation - Labor and Employment

Selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, Employment & Labor 
Top 50 Female Attorney in New Jersey

Tribute to Women and Industry, "TWIN" Award, April 2004

No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. A description of the selection process methodology for the awards referenced is available at gibbonslaw.com/awards/.

All Events