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Dena E. Epstein

Of Counsel
Berkeley Heights

P 908-795-5138 F 908-464-2614


Dena E. Epstein


Dena E. Epstein is Of Counsel to the Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She regularly represents employers in federal and state courts and administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Labor and the New Jersey Department of Labor.

Ms. Epstein counsels management clients on issues relating to hiring, termination, discipline, disability leaves, Family and Medical Leave Act, New Jersey Family Leave Act, whistleblowers and restrictive covenants.

Ms. Epstein frequently speaks on topics relating to workplace harassment, diversity, workplace bullying, the Family and Medical Leave Act and legal updates.

Representative Experience

Ms. Epstein was lead counsel in Ras Sheppard v. City of Newark, et al., a racial harassment claim, in which the jury returned a no liability verdict after a one month trial. She also was successful, after a three day “mini-trial”, in obtaining a contempt ruling in Gonzalez and Tapanes Foods, Inc. v. Grullon, et al., when the defendants violated a temporary restraining order. Ms. Epstein successfully argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Roa v. Roa, 200 N.J. 555 (2010) the scope of the continuing violations doctrine and the court addressed for the first time the parameters of post-employment retaliation under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Published Works

  • "Caregivers’ Evolving Societal Responsibilities And Impact On The Workplace," New Jersey Lawyer (June 19, 2008)
  • "Combating Workplace Bullies," 187 N.J.L.J. 1078 (March 19, 2007)
  • "New Jersey Holds Student-on-Student Harassment Actionable Under Law Against Discrimination," Jackson Lewis Legal Updates (March 20, 1997)
  • Cases and Materials on Employment Discrimination, Third Edition by Michael J. Zimmer, Charles A. Sullivan, Richard F. Richards and Deborah A. Calloway [Research Assistant]