Cole Schotz P.C.



Neoma M. Ayala

New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6246 / C: 610-283-2373 / F: 201-678-6246
Legal Practice Assistant: Terry Fasciano
T: 201-489-3000 ext. 5029


Neoma M. Ayala is special counsel in the firm’s Employment Law Department, and she brings more than 10 years of experience to help clients develop successful strategies for negotiating their employment law needs. Neoma’s practice focuses on representing a wide variety of clients in employment related claims, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, restrictive covenant disputes, and business torts, in both the federal and state courts. She also regularly provides employment counseling to clients, including many small businesses, which gives her the opportunity to interface with human resources professionals, management, and in-house counsel to advise on a multitude of issues, including termination issues, leave issues, wage and hour issues, and HR best practices. Neoma’s practice also involves conducting workplace interviews and investigations, and helping clients respond to charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and equivalent state agencies. She is also a regular contributor to and editor of the Cole Schotz Employment Law Blog.

Neoma is a member of industry organizations including the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the Bergen County Bar Association. She also serves each year as a voluntary judge at the Vincent J. Appruzzese Mock Trial Competition in Bergen County.

Neoma earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in May 2006. As a law student, she was a law clerk at the firm during the summer of 2005. Neoma then returned to the firm as an associate in 2006 upon her graduation. Neoma is also a successful graduate of the Justice Morris Pashman American Inn of Court.


Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, J.D., 2006Colgate University, B.A., 1999

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