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.
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.
- 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
Presentations & Speaking Engagements
- Sponsor: New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 23, 2020
- Sponsor: Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, NJ Hospital Association, NJ Healthcare Financial Management Association, Medical Society of NJ, and NJ Dental Association, June 24, 2020
- Presenter, COVID-19 and Your Business: A Close-up Look at FFCRA Compliance, Employee Benefits and Avoiding Potential LitigationSponsor: New Jersey Builders Association, June 23, 2020
- Sponsor: Clear Law Institute, May 22, 2020
- Speaker, Employment Law and the Federal CourtSponsor: New Jersey State Bar Association 2020 Annual Meeting and Convention, May 14, 2020
- Sponsor: New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, April 15, 2020
- Sponsor: Withum, April 8, 2020
- Presenter, Equal (And Unwelcome) Opportunities for Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace: Going Beyond #MeToo to Consider #MenTooSponsor: Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey, September 20, 2019
- Sponsor: Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, August 14, 2018
- Sponsor: The Knowledge Group, December 5, 2017
- Sponsor: Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey, September 15, 2017
- Sponsor: New Jersey Association for Justice Educational Foundation, April 28, 2017
- Sponsor: Middlesex County Bar Association Professionalism Day, October 20, 2016
- Sponsor: Middlesex County Bar Association, May 25, 2016
- A Close-Up Look at Two Hot Topics In the WorkplaceSponsor: Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Women's Leadership Forum, March 2, 2016
- Sponsor: Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP webinar, February 15, 2011
Publications & Alerts
- Garden State Focus, Winter 2021
- Law360.com, January 22, 2021
- Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, December 21, 2020
- Author, New Jersey Commences Payments Under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Covering Independent Contractors, Self-Employed, Sole Proprietors and “Gig” WorkersGreenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, May 5, 2020
- Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, March 30, 2020
- Greebaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, March 19, 2020
- Co-Author, Governor Murphy Signs Legislative Package Designed to Curb Gig Economy; Omits Controversial Bill Proposing Revision of “ABC Test”Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, January 29, 2020
- Co-Author, New Jersey Adopts Limitations to Non-Disclosure Provision in Contracts and Settlement Agreements in Response to #MeTooGreenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, March 21, 2019
- New Jersey Law Journal, February 4, 2019
- Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, January 23, 2019
- Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, May 2018
- Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, April 2018
- Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, January 17, 2018
- Author, NJ Supreme Court Holds That Statute of Limitations To Sue Under NJ Law Against Discrimination Cannot Be Contractually ShortenedGreenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, July 2016
- Author, Legislation Bars Employers from Conducting Criminal Background Checks During Initial Stages of HiringThe Middlesex Advocate, November 2014
- Author, Legislation Bars Employers from Conducting Criminal Background Checks During Initial Stages of Hiring ProcessGreenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, October 2014
- New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Vol. 32 No. 3,, March 2011
- Co-Author, The Single Asset Real Estate DebtorNew Jersey Law Journal, January 15, 2007
- Co-Author, U.S. Supreme Court Limits the Scope of Permissible Punitive Damages AwardsGreenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Client Alert, Spring 2003
Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, J.D., 2000
University of Belgrade Law School, LL.B., 1991
- 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
- Former law clerk to The Honorable Douglas K. Wolfson, Superior Court, Middlesex County, New Jersey