Since 2002, Christopher J. Carcich has been practicing law with an eye to understanding his clients’ needs. His work focuses on business litigation, employment contracts, wage and hour cases, partnership and commercial disputes, restrictive covenants, appellate matters and arbitration..
In 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Mr. Carcich was included in New Jersey's Super Lawyers Rising Stars, an honor given to only 2.5 percent of New Jersey attorneys. All New Jersey Rising Stars are 40 or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less. Regularly appearing before the State and Federal Courts in New Jersey and New York, as well as before various arbitration panels, he is presently a member of the Bergen County Ethics Committee, and the New Jersey State Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee. He has lectured on restrictive covenants and has published several articles in the New Jersey Law Journal.
Mr. Carcich seeks to resolve cases in a reasonable and efficient manner, using care and sensitivity to their needs in the process. “Nobody ever comes to a lawyer because all is well. People come in because there’s a problem. I am here to help them through difficult times and to advise and assist them,” he says. He has led many clients to successful resolutions.
He is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College and Seton Hall Law School. Mr. Carcich also holds a Third-Officers U.S. Coast Guard License. Prior to attending law school, he sailed as a Third-Officer for Mobil Oil and Maritime Overseas Corporation, a background that has helped as an employment lawyer to understand cases from the side of the employer and the employee.
Sheila E. O'Shea-Criscione has managed negotiation, mediation and litigation in all areas of employment law, including sex, age, race, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation. She regularly represents clients in claims arising from retaliation for whistle blowing under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act. Ms. O’Shea-Criscione also represents employees with regard to requests for reasonable accommodation, the interactive process, Family Medical Leave Act and the New Jersey Family Leave Act. She also counsels and represents employees with regard to breach of contract claims and non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.
Selected as a Bergen Top Lawyer in 201 Magazine for three consecutive years (2013-2015), Ms. O’Shea-Criscioneis one of the top attorneys in Bergen County, where she is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Conflict Resolution section as well as the Bergen County Bar Association. Currently an active member of the Paramus Rotary Club, she served as a trustee on the Bergen County Special Service Board of Education from 2011-2015 and was also a Paramus Board of Education trustee from 2005-2014.
Ms. O'Shea-Criscione is a member of the bar in New Jersey and New York and appears in New Jersey Superior Court and Municipal Court in northern New Jersey, encompassing Bergen, Essex, Sussex, Morris and Passaic counties. Since 1993, Ms. O'Shea-Criscione has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State University where she teaches undergraduate classes such as "Conflict and Its Resolution," "Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration;" "Legal Research," and "Intro to Law and the Legal Procedure." An approved R.1:40 qualified mediator for the Statewide Mediation Program for Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases, she mediates both private and court-appointed disputes, and has taught graduate level classes on mediation. She has appeared on News 12 and WABC in New York and has given seminars on employee rights.
Ms. O’Shea-Criscione believes that careful listening to client needs has earned her a reputation as an tenacious, attentive and assertive advocate. "In employment and discrimination law, truth is stranger than fiction," Ms. O'Shea-Criscione says. "People come to us with egregious circumstances, and with hard work, we have proven most effective in our representation of both individuals and corporations.”
Prior to starting establishing Carcich and O’Shea, she was a partner with Deutsch Atkins. Before entering private practice, Ms. O’Shea-Criscione served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Bruce A. Gaeta, J.S.C. in 1992 and 1993.
Ms. O’Shea grew up in Hillsdale, NJ and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts in 1988. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Pace University School of Law in 1992.