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
- Secured temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of insurance broker client barring prior employee and new employer from soliciting company accounts and engaging in other unfair competition. Ultimately secured extremely favorable settlement.
- 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 received the 2013 New Jersey Commission In the Law's Professional Lawyer of the Year Award. Randi has also been honored with the 2019 New Jersey Women Lawyers Association WILL Platinum Award, Private Sector.
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 2016-2020 Chambers USA Guide for Labor and Employment
- Named a Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneur by LWE
- AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier directory of legal professionals
- 2015 Leading Women Entrepreneur & Intrapreneur Finalist
- New Jersey “Super Lawyer” since 2011
- Top 50 for 2015-2017 & 2020 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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EducationThe 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 AdmissionsNew 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
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Change is In the Air: Understanding the Department of Labor's Final Rule Regarding the White Collar Exemptions to Overtime PayAttorney Speaking: Randi W. KochmanJune 7, 2016
Protecting Your Business From The Rise of Wage & Hour Claims, West LegalEdcenter Live CLE Program, Cole Schotz, Hackensack, NJAttorney Speaking: Randi W. KochmanSeptember 25, 2013
Panelist, Hot Tips in Labor and Employment Law: The EEOC's Guidance on Employers' Use of Criminal History and Credit Report Background ChecksAttorney Speaking: Randi W. KochmanJune 14, 2013
Dealing with the Problem (Former) Employee, WestLegal Education CLE, Cole Schotz, Hackensack, NJAttorneys Speaking: Jamie P. Clare and Randi W. KochmanSeptember 11, 2012
New EEOC Guidance on Background Checks TeleBriefing, Phone Conference Panel, Law Seminars InternationalAttorney Speaking: Randi W. KochmanJune 13, 2012
Employers Beware: United States Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service Team up to Combat Misclassification of Workers as Independent ContractorsAttorneys Speaking: Randi W. Kochman and Jeffrey H. SchechterNovember 16, 2011 from 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Employment Law March 1, 2020Randi W. Kochman and Marissa A. Mastroianni
New York Department of Labor Issues Additional Guidance on the COVID-19 Sick Leave Law, Imposing New Obligations on Employers
Employment Law January 27, 2021Randi W. Kochman and Marissa A. Mastroianni
Employment Law December 29, 2020Randi W. Kochman
Employment Law December 21, 2020Marissa A. Mastroianni and Randi W. Kochman
Employment Law November 2, 2020Randi W. Kochman and Marissa A. Mastroianni
Employment Law October 27, 2020Randi W. Kochman and Marissa A. Mastroianni
New York State Paid Sick Leave Law Goes Into Effect and New York City Amends City's Sick Time Law Requiring Notice by October 30, 2020
Employment Law October 12, 2020Randi W. Kochman and Marissa A. Mastroianni
Employment Law September 22, 2020Randi W. Kochman
Readying for the Return: US Department of Labor Issues New FAQs Related to the FFCRA and Return to School Issues
Employment Law September 3, 2020Randi W. Kochman
More Confusion Regarding Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA"): SDNY Issues Order Vacating Parts of DOL Final Regulation
Employment Law August 10, 2020Randi W. Kochman
Supreme Court Holds that Employers Cannot Discriminate Against Employees on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity
Employment Law June 16, 2020Randi W. Kochman and Marissa A. Mastroianni
Readying for the Return: EEOC Updates and Clarifies Guidance on Accommodating Disabled Employees Upon Returning to the Workplace
Employment Law May 12, 2020Randi W. Kochman
Employment Law April 15, 2020Randi W. Kochman
Employment Law March 27, 2020Randi W. Kochman and Bradley P. Pollina
March 17, 2020Samuel Weiner, Richard W. Abramson, Gary M. Albrecht, Michael D. Sirota, Jordan A. Fisch, Jennifer L. Horowitz, Steven R. Klein, Paul W. Kim, Randi W. Kochman, Leo V. Leyva, Norman L. Pernick, David A. Rubenstein, Jeffrey H. Schechter and Warren A. Usatine
Employment Law January 28, 2020Randi W. Kochman and Ian R. Phillips
Employment Law January 22, 2020Randi W. Kochman
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Regulations Raising the Minimum Salary Threshold and Increases the Threshold for the Highly Compensated Employee Exemption
Employment Law October 3, 2019Randi W. Kochman
New Jersey Lawyer Magazine October 1, 2019Randi W. Kochman and Marissa A. Mastroianni
Employment Law August 5, 2019
Employment Law May 14, 2019
Employment Law May 8, 2019
New York Court of Appeals Upholds Department of Labor Position that Live-In Home Health Care Aides Are Not Entitled To Pay For 24 Hours
Employment Law April 10, 2019
Effective Immediately – New Jersey Restricts the Use of Certain Arbitration and Nondisclosure Provisions for Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment Claims
Employment Law March 25, 2019
New Jersey Law Journal March 15, 2019
Employment Law February 27, 2019
Employment Law February 5, 2019
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Issues New Jersey Earned Sick Leave Notice of Employee Rights
Employment Law October 24, 2018
Employment Law October 3, 2018
United States Supreme Court Rules Class and Collective Action Waivers in Employment Agreements Are Enforceable
Employment Law May 29, 2018
Employment Law January 12, 2018
Employment Law November 14, 2017
Federal Court in Texas Holds That the Department of Labor’s Final Rule Changing the White Collar Exemptions Invalid
Employment Law September 1, 2017
Employment Law July 27, 2017
Employment Law December 27, 2016
New Jersey Law Journal June 23, 2016
They're Here! Long–Awaited Rules on White Collar Overtime Exemptions Released by US Department of Labor
Employment Law May 18, 2016
New Jersey Law Journal March 15, 2016
Supreme Court Holds That Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Action
Employment Law Monitor February 5, 2016
Second Circuit Holds That Parties May Not Voluntarily Settle Claims Under the Fair Labor Standards Act With Prejudice Without Judicial or Department of Labor Approval
Employment Law Monitor August 28, 2015
United States Department of Labor Issues Memorandum Indicating Agency’s View that Most Workers Are “Employees” Covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act
Employment Law Monitor July 21, 2015
New Jersey Lawyer The Rise of Collective Action Claims for Wages by Unpaid Interns and Related Legislation December 1, 2014
Employment Law Monitor August 5, 2014
Employment Law Monitor June 12, 2014
Physicians News Digest February 10, 2014
Employment Law Monitor January 2, 2014
Tweeting, Friending and Linking In: Social Media Policies and Ethical Constraints on Lawyers Using Social Media
New Jersey Family Lawyer December 2013
Employment Law Monitor May 16, 2013
Employment Law Monitor December 12, 2012
Silence is Not Golden – Employers Should Rethink Policies that Silence Employees During Internal Investigations
Employment Law Monitor September 5, 2012
New Jersey Law Journal December 6, 2010
Commerce Magazine November 2010
Law 360 September 29, 2010
Cole Schotz Docket Fall 2008
New Jersey Business November 2008
New Jersey Law Journal The increasing emergence of family responsibilities discrimination claims April 9, 2007
Cole Schotz Docket Winter 2007
Cole Schotz Docket Spring 2006