Attorneys Robert W. Smith and Christopher J. Eibeler
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Kathryn McClure

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Phone: (732) 935-7246

101 Crawfords Corner Rd, #1-105R
Holmdel, New Jersey 07733

Katy (Kathryn) McClure has worked as an employment paralegal and attorney since 1995. Ms. McClure concentrates her practice in the representation of employees in claims including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and reasonable accommodations under state and federal law. Ms. McClure has achieved substantial results for her clients including a $1.1 million judgment in a three-employee pregnancy discrimination case and $220,000 settlement in a whistle blower case.

A former full-time employment paralegal who attended law school at night, Ms. McClure credits her work/school experience for instilling in her the tenacity, judgment and dedication which she brings to bear as an advocate vindicating the rights of individuals who have suffered injustice in the workplace. Ms. McClure's practice encompasses all areas of employment law including discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex, age, race, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy and domestic partnership. She regularly represents clients in claims arising under New Jersey's whistleblower law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD).

Ms. McClure also counsels and advises employees with regard to various employment matters including requests for reasonable accommodations for a disability or pregnancy, the interactive process, Family Medical Leave Act and the New Jersey Family Leave Act. She also regularly reviews and advises clients regarding employment agreements including employment contracts, non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, and severance agreements.

Ms. McClure is the Immediate past-President of the New Jersey affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA-NJ). Ms. McClure appeared as amicus curiae on behalf of NELA-NJ in Acevedo v. Flightsafety Int'l, Inc., 156 A.3d 183 (App. Div. 2017), in which the Appellate Division held that unemployment compensation benefits may not be deducted from back pay awards in LAD cases.

Ms. McClure has also served as Secretary to the New Jersey State Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section Executive Committee.

Ms. McClure is a Barrister of the Sidney Reitman Employment Inn of Court, which awarded her the David Solomon Award for Outstanding Service to the Inn in 2013. She has lectured for ICLE, the New Jersey Association for Justice, and other organizations, and is the author and co-author of articles which have appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal and New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, including Stemming the Tide: The Appellate Division Shores Up CEPA Protection for Whistleblowers Doing Their Job and What to Expect When Your Employee is Expecting: How the LAD's Pregnancy Amendment Impacts the Employer-Employee Relationship.

Ms. McClure received her B.A. from Montclair State College and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, where she was the recipient of the Myron Harkavy Award for greatest promise as a trial lawyer. She is also a former adjunct professor at Montclair State University, where she taught legal research to undergraduate students. We are happy to welcome Katy to our law firm.

Education

J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, 2004

B.A., Montclair State College

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice New Jersey, 2004
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2004
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We had a wrongful termination issue combined with a denial of unemployment insurance. Chris Eibeler was our primary attorney. His partner Bob Smith also consulted and gave us good advice. They were both so kind, caring, and professional. They guided us though a very tough time and a positive outcome versus a prior employer. They were also able to reverse our denial of unemployment insurance. I cannot recommend Smith and Eibeler highly enough. The entire staff is very professional, personable, and caring. Tom Wilson
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I went to Smith Eibeler LLC for a last minute unemployment matter. Chris, Diane and his staff were very professional and easy to talk to. They provided knowledgeable insight and also kept me in the loop with the what was happening. I would not hesitate to go to him again. John Jung
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Chris Eibeler (and the whole team) is very knowledgeable in all aspects of employment/unemployment here in NJ. They break down the most difficult aspects of the law, which allows you to conceptualize and better understand the complexities of the NJ Labor & Employment system. Smith Eibeler should be your first call regarding any Employment, workforce, or Labor questions here in New Jersey. I highly recommend them. Brian Allen
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I approached Chris Eibeler regarding an unemployment case in early 2016. Him and his staff are some of the most professional people I have ever dealt with. The process took a while, but his approach to hard questioning helped me win my case. He knows how to get the job done and I am glad I went to him. I would recommend him to anyone in the future who asks for a lawyer. Thank you Chris! Tim F.
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I highly recommend the office of Smith Eibeler for employment related issues, particularly anything related to restrictive covenants or post-employment contracts. I found Smith Eibeler via the web and cannot believe how fortunate I am to have found them. My case was handled by Bob Smith who represented me in a potential lawsuit by my former employer for violation of a post-employment contract (not a restrictive covenant per se). Bob was professional, friendly, understanding, and above all extremely helpful. Bob helped me avoid a lawsuit and was extremely knowledgeable in this field. I was thoroughly impressed with his prowess. Hopefully I will never have a legal issue related to employment again, but if I do, I will not hesitate to retain Smith Eibeler again! Gavin Tully