Willing to Act as Local Counsel
KSBranigan Law P.C. was founded in 2006 by Managing Partner Kirsten Scheurer Branigan and focuses on employment law compliance, diversity, equity, and inclusion and alternative dispute resolution services. The Firm assists organizations with bias prevention and remediation through training, policies, climate assessments, investigations, audits, and compliance counseling as well as dispute resolution through mediation and arbitration.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: The Firm offers audit, training, and compliance services to organizations as to their DEI/Affirmative Action programs. The Firm can guide employers on ways to continue with important DEI efforts, while staying compliant in the wake of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Firm offers policy guidance aimed to maximize inclusivity and conducts training aimed at combatting bias, discrimination, and harassment, and promoting inclusive and respectful workplaces. The Firm also offers a concentration of these DEI services designed for law firms and legal employers.
HR ON TRIAL: INVESTIGATION TRAINING & TOOLKIT: Our investigation education is a cutting-edge, full-day immersive investigation training workshop that includes key investigation steps to ensure that investigations will withstand scrutiny, as well as the importance of implicit bias awareness, cultural competence, and trauma-informed interviewing techniques. It concludes with an interactive three-act role-play demonstrating possible weaknesses in investigative processes. The Firm also assists with updating and/or developing investigation policies, practices, toolkits, and playbooks to facilitate consistent investigation standards.
INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS & EXPERT OPINIONS: Our investigation work includes conducting independent investigations in all sectors and at all levels. Our investigations work includes complex investigations that involve C-Suite executives and employees in legal, compliance, and human resources roles, as well as those in which there is a heightedned risk of litigation. Our expert witness services include rendering expert opinion reports and testifying at depositions/trial as to the effectiveness of investigations.
EQUAL PAY AUDITS, ASSESSMENTS & EXPERT OPINIONS: The Firm conducts comprehensive equal pay audits to identify pay disparities based upon protected class status. With expanding protections in equal pay laws, proactive self-evaluations can remedy problems quickly and limit exposure. As part of the audit process, the Firm can also assist legal assessments as to compliance with equal pay laws as well as the strength of affirmative defenses. The Firm also provides expert opinions as to equal pay litigation matters.
CULTURE & CLIMATE ASSESSMENTS: The Firm conducts culture assessments to help organizations understand and remedy a broad array of culture and inclusivity challenges. Assessments can help address toxic behaviors based upon internal problems as well as external political and social climate factors that can negatively impact the environment. The goal is to achieve harmonious workplaces that enhance productivity and talent retention and avoid disputes.
TRAINING & COACHING: Our training services include interactive group workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions, including on the following topics: harassment, discrimination, retaliation; civility, bullying, and bystander intervention; unconscious bias; cultural awareness and problematic colloquialisms; diversity and sensitivity; politics, religion and culture at work with the rise of Antisemitism and Islamophobia; generational differences; employment law compliance; equal pay and wage transparency laws; cannabis in the workplace; reasonable accommodations; diversity, equity, inclusion; neurodiversity; mental health awareness and attorney wellness; mindfulness and well-being; effective communication and leadership styles; social media and electronic communications; performance management; professionalism; coaching and counseling employees; building relationships; and employee engagement.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Our attorneys serve as impartial neutrals in arbitrations and mediations to help parties resolve disputes, including through the American Arbitration Association (AAA). They have experience with complex multiparty matters and serve on a variety of AAA Arbitration Panels.
SECTORS & INDUSTRIES: The Firm has provided services to a wide variety of industries, professions, fields, and sectors in New Jersey and on a national level. We have provided services to the private, public, academic, and non-profit sectors and to a wide range of organizations. We have worked with global/international, national, and domestic companies, including Fortune 500 companies. Industries have included: automotive; biochemical; communications; information technology; construction; cosmetics and beauty products; design; engineering; education; financial; food manufacturing and food services; health and fitness; health care, medical, and medical devices; insurance; legal; luxury goods; maintenance; manufacturing and distribution; pharmaceutical; property management; publishing; and trucking and carriers.
OUR PROFESSIONALS: Our attorneys are seasoned professionals, former litigators, with an understanding of complex legal proceedings, employment law, and alternative dispute resolution. Our attorneys are recognized leaders and passionate advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession, as well as attorney wellness. Our attorneys have been committed to addressing advancement and retention challenges of women lawyers and diverse attorneys for decades, at a national and local level.
105 Grove St., #9
Person of contact: Kirsten Scheurer Branigan