Sharon N. Berlin

Member

Areas of Practice

Professional Experience

Sharon N. Berlin joined Keane & Beane, P.C. as a Member in 2024. She represents management in private and public sector labor and employment law matters, including investigations, disciplinary proceedings, arbitrations, collective bargaining, proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights, and in litigation in the federal and state courts. As part of this representation, Ms. Berlin provides day-to-day advice regarding all aspects of federal and state labor and employments laws, and conducts trainings for clients on topics including the prevention of sexual and other types of harassment and discrimination, employee performance issues, discipline and discharge procedures, procedures for conducting investigations, and accommodating employees with disabilities. Ms. Berlin also serves as general counsel to school districts, private schools, and other educational entities.

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers’ in Labor Law – Management (2022-2024)
  • Best Lawyers’ Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” for Long Island (2019)
  • Best Lawyers® “Women in Law” (2016-2023)
  • Outstanding Women in the Law, Hofstra University (2016)
  • Top Women Attorneys in the New York Metro Area, Super Lawyers® (2014-present)
  • New York Metro Super Lawyers® (2012-2023)
  • Nassau County Bar Association’s Directors’ Award (2011)
  • “One of Top 10 Labor and Employment Lawyers” by The Ten Leaders Cooperative (2011)
  • Business Leader of the Year, the Public Private Partnership Award, by ASIS International, Long Island Chapter (2009)
  • Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Intellectual Property and Labor Law (2009, 2015)
  • Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Women and Professional Services (2009, 2015)
  • “Business Woman of the Year,” Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2007)

Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern Districts

Professional Associations

  • Sections Caucus, New York State Bar Association (Executive Committee Member)
  • House of Delegates, New York State Bar Association (Delegate)
  • New York State Bar Association’s Local and State Government Law Section (Chair; 2019-2021, Executive Committee Member, Section Member)
  • New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section (Member, past Executive Committee Member)
  • Nassau Academy of Law Advisory Board (Member)
  • Nassau County Bar Association Education Law and Labor and Employment Law Committees (past Chair, Member)
  • Suffolk County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee (past Chair, Member)
  • Suffolk County Bar Association Education Law Committee (Member)
  • Long Island Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (past Director)
  • New York State Association of School Attorneys (Member)
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys (Member)

Professional Activities/Publications

  • Quoted in “Feud Over Starbucks’ Subpoenas Could Chill Injunction Bids,” April 4, 2023, Law360.
  • Co-author, “Amazon, Starbucks Activity: Is 2022 the Year of Organized Labor?” Bloomberg Law, Daily Labor Report, April 28, 2022.
  • Co-editor-in-chief of the Third Edition of the Public Sector Labor and Employment Law treatise.
  • Co-author, New York State Bar Association’s Municipal Lawyer, 10 Top Public Sector Labor and Employment Things to Do in 2020.
  • Quoted in “Meet the Lawyers on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Crisis,” April 2, 2020, nysba.org.
  • Co-author, January 2, 2018, New York Law Journal, Five Steps Governments Should Take to Address Workplace Harassment.
  • Author, Winter 2014, “Overview of New York State’s Unemployment Insurance Reform,” New York State Bar Association Municipal Lawyer.
  • Co-author, Winter 2012, New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Journal, “Court of Appeals Update: Contractual No-Layoff Provisions.”
  • Co-author, November/December 2002, New York State Bar Association Municipal Lawyer, “An Employee’s Right to Union Representation During Investigatory Interviews.”

Community Service

  • Pro bono legal service provider to L.I. Against Domestic Violence
  • Past Co-chair of the Honorary Board for the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations Alumni Association, Long Island Chapter Co-Chair
  • Cornell University Alumni Association Long Island Networking Breakfast Coordinator
  • Temple Beth David (Board Member, former Officer)

Education

  • 1991, J.D., with Honors, George Washington University National Law Center
  • 1988, B.S., with Honors, Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations
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Sharon N. Berlin - Education Law Attorney - Long Island, New York