The New Jersey Chapter of the Labor Employment Relations Association

Contact Info:




President *

John Vreeland, Esq., Genova Burns LLC

Vice President

James Kinney, FMCS


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


Jonathan Cohen, Esq., Plosia Cohen LLC

Board Members

Lucille Alfano, Arbitrator/Mediator

Lisa Charles, Arbitrator/Mediator

James Cooney, Arbitrator

Carmen Gonzalez-Gannon, NJEA

Susan Pfeiff, American Arbitration Association

Erica Tener, Arbitrator/Mediator

Patrick Westerkamp, Esq., Arbitrator

National LERA Liaison

William Dwyer, PSEG


NJ LERA Past Presidents


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: September 26, 2016

Date:             November 14, 2016

All About the  Open Public Records Act: Recent Developments and Case Law

Since OPRA’s enactment in 2001, which amended New Jersey’s Right to Know Law, the New Jersey public sector has seen a significant increase in litigation regarding what public records must be disclosed upon the request of a citizen.  It is not uncommon for public sector unions and plaintiffs in employment litigation against public sector employers to utilize OPRA as a means to obtain key discovery.  Failure to comply with OPRA can lead to harsh penalties against the custodian/public employer, including attorney fees.


In this program, four legal professionals will discuss key developing issues including public access to police materials, availability of declaratory judgment actions, how the exemption for personnel related documents should be weighed against the public interest, and whether correspondence, emails, and negotiations information constitute public records.  Additionally, the panelists will provide insight into recent case law, the mediation process and the impact of attorney’s fee awards. 


Our presenters:     

Iris Bromberg, Esq. (NJ American Civil Liberties Union)

Walter M. Luers, Esq. (Walter M. Luers Law Firm)

James L. Plosia Jr., Esq. (Plosia Cohen LLC)

Samuel A. Rosado, Esq. (NJ Government Records Council)


6:00pm – Informal Reception

6:30pm – Dinner

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

Site:                Il Castello, 81 Main St., Woodbridge, NJ

Cost:              (For payments in advance)                                                 

$50.00* – Chapter Members      $60.00* – Non-Members

$32.50* – Student

*Walk-ins $5.00 extra

NJ CLE Credits:  1.6 (Application pending for New Jersey Attorneys)



Click link and follow instructions: November 16, 2016 Meeting Registration

Send your check to the order of LERA, NJ Chapter to:

Paul A. Montalbano, Esq.

Cohen, Leder, Montalbano & Grossman, LLC

1700 Galloping Hill Road

Kenilworth, NJ 07033





On-Line Link → Annual Membership Registration Form (2016-17)

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


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