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Education

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, 1990
  • B.A., Harvard College, summa cum laude, 1986

    Law Clerk, Hon. Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1990-1991

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Third Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Adam N. Saravay

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    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Employers and executives retain Adam Saravay to guide them through high-stakes, complex employment and commercial disputes. To each engagement, he brings experience and strategic insights acquired through twenty years of litigating a wide range of employment and business issues in the state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies.

Mr. Saravay regularly represents employers and executives in wage-and-hour and overtime class actions and collective actions, employment contract disputes, cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, employee disloyalty, employee raiding, non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, and discrimination and whistleblower retaliation claims. An accomplished appellate litigator, Mr. Saravay has been involved in over 15 decisions by the New Jersey Supreme Court, New Jersey Appellate Division, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, including several often-cited opinions on class action litigation, arbitration, and employment law issues.

Drawing on his broad litigation experience, Mr. Saravay counsels employers and executives on decisions large and small, ranging from major policy changes, terminations, and internal investigations to day-to-day questions involving compliance with employment laws, best practices, and litigation prevention. Clients seek Mr. Saravay’s advice on such issues as protection of trade secrets, arbitration programs, employment agreements, compensation, hiring, firing, employee discipline, wage-and-hour and overtime requirements, sexual harassment complaints, whistleblower complaints, employee leave requests, and disability accommodations. He also advises clients on issues of accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state statutes.

In the area of commercial litigation, Mr. Saravay represents closely-held corporations and shareholders in disputes over corporate ownership and control, compensation, minority shareholder oppression, and related issues. He has also represented corporate and individual clients in RICO, fraud, contract, and regulatory cases. In the white-collar criminal defense field, he has counseled witnesses and targets in grand jury investigations and represented clients in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. He was part of the appellate team that obtained the reversal of the convictions in what was, at the time, one of the largest and highest-profile securities fraud prosecutions in the District of New Jersey.

Mr. Saravay’s pro bono work has included representing victims of domestic violence in final restraining order hearings, advising charitable organizations on employment issues, and submitting friend-of-the-court briefs to the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of various non-profit groups.

Mr. Saravay is on the New Jersey Superior Court roster of court-approved mediators and is recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2008 through 2014 editions.

Representative Matters

Givaudan Fragrances Corporation v. Krivda and Mane USA Inc.
Successfully defended fragrance industry executive against claims of trade secret misappropriation, breach of confidentiality agreement, and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, obtaining defense verdict after 5-week jury trial in federal court.
Stillman v. Staples, Inc.
Defended national office supply retailer in multi-district overtime litigation, including a dozen class actions and collective actions and a six-week jury trial. Stillman v. Staples, Inc., 2009 WL 1437817 (D.N.J. May 15, 2009); Stillman v. Staples, Inc., 2008 WL 1843998 (D.N.J. April 22, 2008).
Sutter v. Oxford Health Plans LLC

Defending health insurer in class arbitration brought by participating medical providers alleging improper reimbursement for medical services; part of appellate team in the United States Supreme Court, Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, 133 S.Ct. 2064 (2013), and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Sutter v. Oxford Health Plans LLC, 675 F.3d 215 (3d. Cir. 2012), for appeal involving class arbitration.

National Office Supply Retailer
Defended national office supply retailer in overtime collective and class action alleging that delivery drivers were misclassified as independent contractors, obtaining dismissal of all claims against client.
Johnston v. Crossmark, Inc.
Defended national sales and marketing services company in overtime collective action lawsuit and obtained sanctions against plaintiff’s counsel. Johnston v. Crossmark, Inc., 2009 WL 2152523 (D.N.J. July 17, 2009) (denying collective action certification on two of three issues in Fair Labor Standards Act overtime lawsuit).