The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012
Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2013
Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report
Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)
Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012)
Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey
honors + affiliations
Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
Executive Committee, New Jersey Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, former co-chair Ethics and Professionalism Committee and former co-chair of sub-committee on Civil and Personal Rights
Recording Secretary, Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys
Recipient, New Jersey Law Journal, 2004 "40 under 40" Award
NJBIZ, 2004 "40 under 40" Award Recipient
Bencher, Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court and recipient of the David Soloman Award as outstanding barrister for 2001–03 term
Former Chairman, South Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Human Resources Council
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2014)
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2011)
Listed, New Jersey Super Lawyers (2005–2011)
The New Jersey Law Journal's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment: Winner 2013, Finalist 2014
- New Jersey
502 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540-6289
United States of America
Richard G. Rosenblatt is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. Rosenblatt has practiced exclusively in labor and employment law since 1990. While maintaining offices in both Princeton and Philadelphia, Mr. Rosenblatt's practice is national in scope, routinely handling matters in New York and other state and federal courts, arbitration tribunals, and agencies throughout the country. He also has argued appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and Sixth Circuits and in the state appellate courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and has authored briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to handling wrongful discharge and other individual employment litigation, Mr. Rosenblatt has a practice handling large-scale wage and hour matters, as well as restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation. He also has deep experience handling unfair labor practices and mass picketing, and counsels employers in day-to-day labor and employment law matters, agreements, and all forms of employee manuals and policies.
Mr. Rosenblatt delivers significant depth of experience to a diverse spectrum of clients. He has handled significant representations in a variety of industry sectors, including financial services and insurance, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, high technology, information management, defense contracting, manufacturing, outsourcing, customer care management and call centers, healthcare, telecommunications, online and traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, REITs, energy (petroleum, electric, and water utilities), food service, food and fragrance, transportation (shipping and trucking), warehousing and logistics, personal services, and professional services including architecture and engineering.
Mr. Rosenblatt also has served as Morgan Lewis's operations partner for the Labor and Employment Practice since 2008. In that role, he is heavily involved in all aspects of the practice group's administration and has played an integral role in developing our firm's cutting-edge experience handling matters under alternative fee arrangements, a topic on which he has spoken publicly. Mr. Rosenblatt also has a deep interest in Legal Process Management (LPM), having completed a six-month course and independent study after which he received his certification as a Legal Process ManagerTM.
Mr. Rosenblatt has had numerous substantive articles published and has spoken regularly on labor and employment topics. He also is sought after in various media outlets for his thought leadership concerning labor and employment law issues.
From 2006 through 2014, Mr. Rosenblatt was named one of the leading U.S. lawyers for employment law by the leading law firm peer review ranking publication, Chambers USA. Chambers notes that Mr. Rosenblatt is a "lawyer's lawyer," who is "smart and practical," and "exceptionally talented." Mr. Rosenblatt is also a former Labor and Employment Practice leader for the Princeton office, and Chambers has recognized the office as "a well-trained, responsive, and competitive team that provides excellent value for the money."
Mr. Rosenblatt is very active in the New Jersey labor and employment community. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section and was a past executive director of the Reitmann Inn of Court. He is a founding member of the Academy of New Jersey Management Attorneys and currently serves as the Academy's recording secretary.
Mr. Rosenblatt also is a frequent guest lecturer at Temple University's undergraduate School of Business on human resources/compensation matters and, for more than 20 years, has been an alumni interviewer for Duke University.
Mr. Rosenblatt is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
- Led the prosecution of restrictive covenant, breach of duty of loyalty, tortious interference, and unfair competition claims seeking damages for a corporate raiding scheme; obtained a settlement for the client for $5.5 million.
- Representing several pharmaceutical companies against claims seeking overtime for sales representatives. In the first decision of its type in this scope of litigation, Mr. Rosenblatt and his team defeated the plaintiffs' motion for collective and class action certification, after which the plaintiffs withdrew their complaint.
- Representing a large life insurance company in nationwide FLSA collective actions and New York state law class actions seeking unpaid overtime and alleging unlawful wage deductions on behalf of insurance agents. Summary judgment was granted dismissing all federal and state overtime claims, with the plaintiff's motion for summary judgment on state law deduction claims denied.
- Successfully represented a credit card company with respect to its hiring and retention of an executive from another well-known credit card company despite the presence of a contractual provision expressly barring the new hire from joining our client for 12 months.
- Defeated a motion for a temporary restraining order seeking to bar our client, a high technology company, from employing a new hire in the face of a noncompetition provision and other allegations of alleged trade secret misappropriation.
- Defended against a claim of inevitable disclosure of trade secrets by a research director hired from its competitor; an injunction was denied.
- Defended whistleblower and disability discrimination claims; following extensive discovery, summary judgment was granted for our client in its entirety.
- Served as lead counsel in an FLSA/state law wage and hour class and collective action related to employee clothing purchase policies; the action was withdrawn upon the filing of a motion to dismiss.
- Served as lead counsel in a series of FLSA wage and hour collective and state law class actions filed in several federal courts and before the American Arbitration Association. A favorable settlement was obtained.
- Defended an ERISA class action on behalf of thousands of independent contractors seeking ERISA-covered benefits; a motion to dismiss was granted on a statute of limitations and other grounds and was affirmed on appeal.
- Defended a 55-plaintiff ERISA fiduciary duty litigation bench trial; prevailed on three of four counts at trial - the fourth count was reversed on appeal and judgment was entered for the defendant.
- Retained as counsel to prepare and argue posttrial motions in an ADA case in which a jury had returned a verdict of $1.5 million; the verdict was set aside.
- Defended a breach of stock options contract claim; summary judgment was entered on behalf of our client and affirmed by the Sixth Circuit.
- Involved in numerous mass picketing injunctions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including having obtained what is believed to have been the first statewide labor injunction in Pennsylvania; the injunctions were affirmed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
- Cornell Law School, 1990, J.D.
- Duke University, 1987, A.B.