Cole Schotz P.C.

 

				Kochman
				W.
				Randi

Randi W. Kochman

Memberrkochman@coleschotz.com
New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6309 / C: 201-519-4879 / F: 201-678-6309
Legal Practice Assistant: Aishling Turek
T: 201-489-3000, ext. 5008
aturek@coleschotz.com

OVERVIEW

Randi W. Kochman is chair of the firm's Employment Law Department. She is dedicated to helping employers understand and navigate complicated and ever-changing employment laws so they can effectively manage employees, avoid costly mistakes, and focus on their core business. Randi brings more than 20 years of employment law experience to work closely with her clients in all types of employment-related contexts including wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour compliance, contract disputes, restrictive covenant, unfair competition and trade secret matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

Randi routinely provides guidance on all types of policy, procedure, and personnel issues, including preparing employee handbooks, policies and agreements, and conducting harassment and discrimination awareness training. When disputes arise, Randi is tenacious in litigating employment and business tort issues in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Randi lectures and writes regularly on all aspects of employment law. Randi is also regularly called upon to conduct independent workplace investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and related issues.

Representative matters include

  • Successfully resolved wage and hour class action with the U.S. Department of Labor for NJ-based transportation logistics company, saving company hundreds of thousands in fees and costs 
  • Obtained complete dismissal of breach of contract, wage payment and related claims brought by former CEO against private equity group that had ownership interest in employer and secured dismissal of all noncontract claims against employer
  • On behalf of New York-based professional services company, secured temporary restraining order prohibiting competition by former employee who violated restrictive covenant and improperly retained confidential and proprietary information when leaving
  • On behalf of manufacturing client, obtained complete pretrial dismissal of independent contractor trucker’s claims brought against the company under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act
  • Following trial, secured complete dismissal of former employee’s claims of racial and gender discrimination and retaliation against chauffeured transportation company client
  • Secured summary judgment ruling as to liability of several former employees who breached duty of loyalty and unlawfully competed with elevator contractor employer
  • Successfully obtained the dismissal of a child care service provider’s lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, alleging retaliation under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, and violations of the New Jersey Constitution.

Randi has been significantly involved with the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, as a member of the Steering Committee for its Human Resource Council. She has also been actively involved with the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, holding various leadership positions, including President, President-Elect, Vice President and Secretary. Randi is also a recipient of the 2013 New Jersey Commission In the Law's Professional Lawyer of the Year Award.

Randi is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Bergen County Bar Association. She has also served as a Barrister of the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court.

Randi earned her B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Emory University and her J.D. from George Washington University School of Law.

Honors & Awards

Randi has been repeatedly recognized for her high quality legal work and professionalism.

  • Named in the 2016-2017 Chambers USA Guide for Labor and Employment
  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier directory of legal professionals
  • 2015 Leading Women Entrepreneur & Intrapeneur Finalist
  • New Jersey “Super Lawyer” since 2011
  • Top 50 for 2015-2017 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • Included in the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers list 2015-2016
  • Top 50 Women in Business recognized by NJBiz in 2011
  • 201 Magazine's list of Top Lawyers in Bergen County
  • KSB Presidential Leadership Award, presented by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association in 2015
  • Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law in 2014
  • Arrive Magazine's "2011 Top Women Lawyers In The Northeast

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Education

The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1995; Winner, American Trial Lawyers Association National Student Trial Advocacy CompetitionEmory University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 1995U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1995New York, 1996U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2003U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2007U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2010

NEWS

News

5 Employee Handbook Issues to Watch in 2018

As published in: SHRM January 2, 2018

Trump Plans To Kill An Obama Regulation Protecting Restaurant Servers

As published in: The Huffington Post December 5, 2017

Break Policy that Had Workers Sprinting to Bathroom Struck Down

As published in: SHRM November 21, 2017

Randi Kochman Comments on Stalled Overtime Rules

As published in: NorthJersey.com December 2, 2016

Randi Kochman was quoted in an article titled, "Student-Athletes Aren’t Employees"

As published in: Society For Human Resource Management March 11, 2016

EVENTS

Recent Events

NJICLE: 2018 Business Law Symposium
Attorney Speaking: Randi W. KochmanApril 20, 2018
Panelist, Hot Tips in Labor and Employment Law: The EEOC's Guidance on Employers' Use of Criminal History and Credit Report Background Checks
Attorney Speaking: Randi W. KochmanJune 14, 2013
Dealing with the Problem (Former) Employee, WestLegal Education CLE, Cole Schotz, Hackensack, NJ
Attorneys Speaking: Jamie P. Clare and Randi W. KochmanSeptember 11, 2012
New EEOC Guidance on Background Checks TeleBriefing, Phone Conference Panel, Law Seminars International
Attorney Speaking: Randi W. KochmanJune 13, 2012

PUBLICATIONS

Publications

There is Still No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

New Jersey Lawyer The Rise of Collective Action Claims for Wages by Unpaid Interns and Related Legislation December 1, 2014

Jason R. Finkelstein and Randi W. Kochman
Stereotyping Parent Employees

New Jersey Law Journal The increasing emergence of family responsibilities discrimination claims April 9, 2007

Randi W. Kochman
Poor Employee Hiring and Retention Decisions Could Have Deadly Consequences

New Jersey Law Journal Cullen nurse case in Somerset County highlights the importance of pre-employment inquiries and the provision of job references April 19, 2004

Jamie P. Clare and Randi W. Kochman
Reconciling Federal and State Family Leave Laws

New Jersey Lawyer The Law and More December 3, 2001

Randi W. Kochman