Biography

LINDA B. CELAURO is a Senior Counsel in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in Epstein Becker Green's Newark office. She is an experienced litigator and appellate practitioner who focuses on employment law defense and disability access compliance for retail and health care facilities under Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, and state law.

Ms. Celauro's experience includes:

  • Handling litigation and appellate matters in state and federal courts
  • Defending employers in single-plaintiff, multiparty, collective and class actions, and complex litigation
  • Representing employers in labor and employment-related litigation on a broad array of statutory, contract, and tort matters, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, whistleblowing, restrictive covenant, and fraud disputes, among others
  • Disability access compliance for retail and health care facilities under Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, and state law

Prior to her concentration in employment law and disability access law, Ms. Celauro gained solid experience in many areas of corporate defense litigation and appellate practice, including antitrust, civil RICO, civil rights defense, commercial, franchise, government contracts, product liability, and qui tam actions. She also authored portions of the 1975 Report of the New Jersey Criminal Law Revision Committee, which drafted the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, enacted in 1978.

Published Appellate Decisions

Supreme Court of the United States:

  • Power v. Rutgers, 522 U.S. 982 (1997) (successful defense to petition for certiorari thereby upholding Third Circuit decision affirming procedural due process requisites for discipline of state university professor).
  • Walker v. Township of Tewksbury, 502 U.S. 908 (1991) (successful defense to petition for certiorari thereby upholding Third Circuit decision according absolute quasi-judicial immunity to planning board members and requiring exhaustion of remedies requisite to federal taking claim)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit:

  • Bowers v. NCAA, 346 F.3d 402 (3d Cir. 2003) (no right to contribution under the ADA or Rehabilitation Act)
  • Copija v. Local 595, UAW, and General Motors Corporation, 259 F.3D 715 (3d Cir. 2001) (per curiam affirmance of grant of summary judgment on LMRA §301 claim and discrimination claims)
  • San Filippo v. Bongiovanni, 961 F.2d 1125 (3d Cir.) cert. denied, 506 U.S. 908 (1992) (state university's faculty dismissal regulations not unconstitutionally vague)
  • Massarsky v. General Motors Corporation, 706 F.2d 111 (3d Cir.), cert. denied, 464 U.S. 937 (1983) (establishment of ADEA proof standards)

New Jersey:

  • Snitow v. Rutgers University, 103 N.J. 116 (1986) (exhaustion requirement and finality of public employees collectively-negotiated grievance procedure)
  • Simmons v. General Motors Corporation, 180 N.J. Super. 522 (App. Div. 1981) (establishment of standards under N.J. Franchise Practices Act)
  • Namm v. Charles E. Frosst & Co., 178 N.J. Super. 19 (App. Div. 1981) (prima facie case requirements in DES product liability case)
  • Williams v. Westinghouse Electric, 178 N.J. Super 571 (App. Div. 1981) (mental injury caused by mental stimuli compensable under N.J. Workers Compensation Act only if there is objective evidence that employment was a contributing factor to a material degree)

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law – Newark (J.D., 1977)
    • with honors
  • Syracuse University (B.A., 1974)
    • summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and Committee on Higher Education
  • Women Lawyers in Bergen County