Galit Kierkut

Galit Kierkut


Galit Kierkut is Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Restrictive Covenant, Trade Secret and Unfair Competition Practice Group and is a member of the Employment & Labor Practice Group. Ms. Kierkut is willing to run into court to protect her client’s confidential information, but also understands when negotiation is preferable to litigation and works closely with her clients to achieve their goals with the least disruption to their businesses. Ms. Kierkut practices in the areas of restrictive covenant, privacy and trade secret counseling and litigation, as well as in the areas of employment discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing, employee leave and accommodation, and wage and hour in state and federal courts throughout the United States, and before the EEOC and Departments of Labor. She represents national and international employers in their U.S. operations in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, financial, food service, retail and health care industries. She trains and counsels employers in all employment compliance areas and is a frequent speaker and writer on restrictive covenants, trade secrets and privacy law. Ms. Kierkut also has significant experience in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts and acts as outside general counsel to certain of her clients.

 Ms. Kierkut is a strong advocate for women’s advancement in the law, and has been honored for her leadership in this area by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association with its Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Award – Private Sector, the Executive Women of New Jersey at their Salute to the Policy Makers Gala and NJBIZ at its 50 Best Women in Business Award Ceremony. She has also received an award for Professionalism from the State Bar Association of New Jersey in conjunction with New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.

Ms. Kierkut is a past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and is an active member of the National Association for Women Lawyers. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Employment Section of the State Bar of New Jersey and is a Co-Chair of the Section’s Employment Trial Practices Subcommittee. She is an Editor of the Section’s Labor and Employment Law Quarterly and has been appointed as a member of the Privacy Committee of the NJ State Bar Association.

Ms. Kierkut is also a Board Member of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club of Metro New Jersey and is a Steering Committee Member of ALFA International’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and Women’s Initiative Practice Group.

Ms. Kierkut has been repeatedly recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers as one of the "The Top 100 Super Lawyers" in New Jersey, and one of the "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in New Jersey". Ms. Kierkut has also been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA under New Jersey Labor & Employment and The Best Lawyers in America under Litigation – Labor & Employment.

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U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut



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Rankings & Recognition

Chambers USA®* 2012-2019, New Jersey Labor & Employment

The Best Lawyers in America®* 2013-2020, Litigation - Labor & Employment; Commercial Litigation 

New Jersey Super Lawyers®* 2013-2019, Employment & Labor

New Jersey Super Lawyers®* “The Top 50 Women Super Lawyers” 2014-2019

New Jersey Super Lawyers®*  “The Top 100 Super Lawyers” 2015-2019

NJBIZ®*  Best 50 Women in Business 2017

Honoree, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association “Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Award – Private Sector” 2018

Honoree, Executive Women of New Jersey "Salute to the Policy Makers" Awards 2016

Professional Lawyers of the Year Award 2011, presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

New Jersey Super Lawyers®* "Rising Stars” 2009, Employment & Labor and Business Litigation 

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Executive Board, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
— Past President
American Bar Foundation
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
— Member, Executive Board, Labor & Employment Law Section
— Co-Chair, Employment Trial Practices Subcommittee, Labor & Employment Law Section
— Member, Privacy Law Committee
— Member, Women in the Profession Section
Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
— Member, Annual Meeting Committee
Member, Essex County Bar Association
— Past Chair, Task Force on Women in the Profession
Past Member, New Jersey Supreme Court Fee Arbitration Committee
Member of the Board of Directors, University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club, Metro New Jersey
Editor, New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly 
Steering Committee Member, ALFA International’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and Women’s Initiative Practice Group