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Coming from the former Yugoslavia, my experiences in that war-torn country taught me never to give up or lose sight of what is important. I use that philosophy to guide my legal practice, working to achieve my clients’ goals with focus and tenacity.

Ms. Obradovic concentrates her litigation practice primarily in the representation of public and private employers in employment related disputes at both the state and federal level. She also provides broad-based strategic employment counseling services to management personnel and human resources professionals. She serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Employment Law Department. 

Ms. Obradovic has represented clients in the defense of employment claims under both New Jersey state and federal statute, including the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), the Conscientious-Employee Protection Act (CEPA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These cases have included claims involving employment discrimination based on age or other factors, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation, wage and hour disputes, hostile work environment, contract issues, social media and privacy matters, and the enforcement and/or violation of employment agreements including restrictive covenants and non-compete provisions. Ms. Obradovic represents clients in the manufacturing, higher education, retail, healthcare, food and beverage, financial and other industries in state and federal courts, as well as before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) and other agencies.

In the area of employment counseling and risk avoidance, Ms. Obradovic advises clients on workplace policies and day-to-day issues including the hiring, discharge and proper classification of employees. She provides practical guidance and training to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Her work includes the negotiation and drafting of employment agreements, employee handbooks and employment policies. 

Ms. Obradovic has additional experience in bankruptcy reorganization matters, including Chapter 11 reorganizations and Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings. She has also played an integral role in the mediation of various disputes, including the drafting of formal written opinions involving complex commercial matters and the support of attorneys serving as Special Masters in complex discovery disputes.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) in the Employment & Labor: Employer and Employment Litigation: Defense practice areas (2021)

Representative Matters

  • Ms. Obradovic has represented Rutgers University and its employees in numerous litigation matters including state cases brought under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) as well as in federal litigation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 1983 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These cases include allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination based on race, gender, national origin and disability, as well as hostile working environment claims. She has also defended the university in matters involving breach of contract, denial of due process, violation of the Fourth Amendment and invasion of privacy, violation of the NJ Wire Tapping and Electronic Surveillance Act, and violation of the Computer Related Offenses Act. Ms. Obradovic has obtained favorable results in these matters, including the dismissal of complaints, summary judgments and favorable settlements.

  • Ms. Obradovic represented the State of New Jersey and numerous individual defendants in a matter involving claims under CEPA, NJLAD, and under the State Constitution for violation of due process rights. 
  • Ms. Obradovic represented a private employer in appealing a significant jury verdict in a case involving claims alleged under the NJLAD including a hostile work environment and harassment based on race, discriminatory termination based on race, retaliatory termination and failure to promote.
  • Ms. Obradovic served as debtor's counsel in the Chapter 11 reorganization of a large real estate developer, which was ultimately confirmed by the court.

Uniquely NJ

  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association; Higher Education Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Member, Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
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More Activities & Experience

  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • Ms. Obradovic is a member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Team and the Recruitment & Retention Focus Group

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Education

Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, J.D., 2000

University of Belgrade Law School, LL.B., 1991 

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2000
  • New York, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2015

Clerkships

  • Former law clerk to The Honorable Douglas K. Wolfson, Superior Court, Middlesex County, New Jersey

Maja Obradovic
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