Overview

For nearly 25 years, Keith J. Rosenblatt has defended employers and management against claims in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and before federal, state, and local EEO and other administrative agencies. A significant portion of his practice also includes keeping employers across the country out of court by providing practical legal advice regarding performance management, workplace discrimination, sexual and other harassment investigations, individual terminations and reductions in force, leave entitlements, disability accommodations, and other issues impacting the employment relationship. More recently, Keith has helped employers navigate the impact of COVID-19, including with regard to pandemic-specific leaves and benefits, and remote/telework arrangements. His HR counseling practice also includes drafting and reviewing employment policies and employment agreements of every kind. This includes noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements, which he also helps employers defend and enforce.

Keith’s litigation and counseling experience includes claims and issues involving:

  • Unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including whistleblower issues
  • Breaches of contract
  • Wrongful terminations
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Trade secrets and unfair competition
  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act and other leave laws, including relating to COVID-19
  • The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination
  • The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act
  • The New York State and City Human Rights Laws

In the courtroom, Keith has compiled an exceptional record of success. He has had countless cases dismissed before trial in both federal and state courts, on both summary judgment and motions to dismiss. His successes include:

  • Opposing a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in a case involving ERISA
  • Obtaining pre-trial dismissals in age, race, national origin, sex, and disability discrimination cases, in sexual and racial harassment cases, and in retaliation cases, under state and federal laws
  • Obtaining pre-trial dismissals in cases alleging breaches of implied employment contracts arising from employee handbooks

Keith has published articles and lectured on implied employment contracts, discrimination and whistleblower claims, leave entitlements, and proper management and litigation prevention policies and practices. His speaking engagements have included presentations before the Society for Human Resource Management and the Council on Education in Management.

Prior to Littler Mendelson, Keith represented employers and management exclusively for nine years at another employment law boutique firm. In law school, he was a member and associate editor of the Seton Hall Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

New Jersey State Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

New York State Bar Association

Recognition

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2021

News, Analysis & Press

Whistleblower Ruling Draws Fire From Employment Bar

New Jersey Law Journal

June 24, 2015

The Summary Jury Trial: An Alternative to the Traditional Alternative Dispute Resolution Process

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Vol. 13, p.16

May 2005

Unions May Be Permitted to Organize Through Corporate E-Mail Systems

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Vol. 8, p.18

May 2000

Supreme Court Extends Protections to Employees Who Blow Whistle on Co-Workers

158 N.J.L.J 32

1999

With or Without an Agreement, Former Employees May Be Restricted from Competing

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Vol. 16, p.20

June 1998

New Jersey's Recent Employment Manual Decisions: Traditional Contract Law Abandoned in Favor of an Employee's Unreasonable Expectations

25 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1496

1995

Speaking Engagements

On the Cutting Edge of Corporate Protection

Newark, NJ

October 26, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1997cum laude
  • B.S., Seton Hall University, 1993

Bar Admission

New Jersey
New York

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York