The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor Employment Relations Association

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President *

John Vreeland, Esq., Genova Burns LLC

Vice President

James Kinney, FMCS


Paul Montalbano, Esq., Cohen Leder Montalbano & Connaughton, LLC


Jonathan Cohen, Esq., Apruzzese, McDermott, Mastro & Murphy

Board Members

Lucille Alfano, Arbitrator

Lisa Charles, Arbitrator/Mediator

James Cooney, Arbitrator

Zella Felzenberg, Director of UniServ, NJEA

Susan Pfeiff, American Arbitration Association

Erica Tener, Arbitrator/Mediator

Patrick Westerkamp, Esq., Arbitrator

National LERA Liaison

William Dwyer, PSEG


NJ LERA Past Presidents

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About Us...

The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) is a unique organization of professionals from New Jersey and contiguous states who are interested in labor & employment relations and human resource management. The chapter includes members from the management, labor, neutral (including arbitrators and mediators), government, and academic fields.

The New Jersey Chapter holds six dinner meetings a year where members listen to distinguished speakers and share their knowledge and experience. The New Jersey Chapter is affiliated with the Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly the Industrial Relations Research Association), which sponsors national meetings for practitioners and academics and publishes books, conference proceedings, and periodicals that are designed for a wide audience.

NEXT MEETING: Monday, October 5, 2015


How Not to Lose an Arbitration: Advanced Issues in Arbitration and How Arbitrators Deal with Them

The program will feature four prominent labor arbitrators, who will discuss high level concerns of experienced practitioners.  Far from an introduction to arbitration, the panelists will focus on the "grey areas" and complex issues that often arise in labor arbitration.  The format will be interactive and participatory for attendees.


  • Michael Pecklers, Arbitrator
  • Samantha E. Tower, Arbitrator
  • Lisa Brogan, Arbitrator
  • Mariann Schick, Arbitrator


  • Patrick Westerkamp, Arbitrator

Date        Monday, October 5, 2015

Schedule   6:00pm – Informal Reception

                 6:30pm – Dinner

                 7:00pm – Presentation (Adjourn 8:30pm)

Site           Il Castello's; 81 Main St; Woodbridge, NJ 07095              

Cost  (For payments in advance)

     $50.00* – Chapter Members

     $60.00* – Non-Members

     $32.50* – Student

         *Walk-ins $5.00 extra 


Registration Information:

click this link and follow instructions: 

10-5-15 Registration


Mail a check with your name and organization to:

LERA, NJ Chapter 

c/o Paul A. Montalbano, Esq.

Cohen, Leder, Montalbano & Connaughton, LLC

1700 Galloping Hill Road

Kenilworth, NJ 07033




On-Line Link → Annual Membership Registration Form (2015-16)

Payments can be made by mailing a check or using your credit card (via Pay Pal) Instructions are on the registration form.


Upcoming Events & other Helpful Resources


  • October 5, 2015: How Not to Lose an Arbitration; Advanced Issues in Arbitration and How Arbitrators Deal With Them
  • November 9, 2015: Social Media in Private and Public Sector Labor Law
  • December 3, 2015: Alternative Dispute Resolution Before Arbitration (to be held at Rutgers)
  • February 1, 2016: HIPAA, Privacy Rights and Confidentiality Issues in Arbitration
  • March 7, 2016: Speed Meeting with Arbitrators (where neutrals and advocates move from table to table, and get to know one another)
  • May 2, 2016: Developing Wage & Hour Issues in the United States Department of Labor




FMCS Registration Form


Click below for the presentation slides from the March 2, 2015 meeting. Thank you to Neha Patel, Esq. (Apruzzese, McDermott, Maestro & Murphy) for providing this information.

3-2-15 Presentation: FMLA, NJFLA & ADA


Click here for the handouts from the September 8, 2014 meeting. The topic was the sunsetting of Chapter 78 in New Jersey.

Treading the Morass of Chapter 78's Partial Sunset



LERA - National Site

American Arbitration Association

New Jersey PERC

New Jersey State Board of Mediation
Federal Mediation and Concilation Service
New Jersey Small Business Administration
New Jersey Education Association
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce


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