Grace A. Byrd is Of Counsel to the Sills Cummis & Gross
Employment and Labor Practice Group.
Ms. Byrd has worked with business owners, executives and other
professionals to develop and execute well–thought–out and practical legal
strategies to effectively achieve their litigation and business goals.
She counsels with an eye towards helping clients meet their business objectives
while remaining legally compliant.
She has represented corporate clients from a range of
industries, including financial services, health care, pharmaceutical,
hospitality and manufacturing, among others, in connection with employment
disputes before federal and state courts and agencies. In addition to her
litigation practice, Ms. Byrd frequently counsels management regarding the
implementation of employment policies and personnel issues that arise in the
workplace, such as family and medical leave eligibility, disability
accommodations, wage and hour matters, reductions-in-force, and hiring and
discharge of personnel.
She provides training to employees and management level
personnel on various topics including anti-harassment, diversity, ethics and
whistleblowing. Ms. Byrd also conducts in-house harassment
investigations, drafts and updates personnel policies and employment handbooks,
and drafts and negotiates separation agreements and employee contracts.
Ms. Byrd is a recognized leader in the New Jersey legal
community. She is currently serving a two-year term as a Co-Director of the New
Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA), Women's Leadership Division. She
has also provided her mentorship to students in NJ LEEP’s four-year college bound
program, which rigorously prepares students in the greater Newark area to
attend a four-year school after graduation.
Ms. Byrd currently serves on the Firm’s Professional Relations
Committee and co-chairs the Firm's Diversity Committee. Ms. Byrd graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall
University School of Law where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.
During law school, Ms. Byrd also participated in Seton Hall’s Civil Litigation
Clinic. She also participated in Seton Hall’s Center for Policy and
Research, where she is currently a Senior Research Fellow.