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Carla A. Katz, Esq.

Attorney and Labor Studies Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University

Carla A. Katz, Esq. is an attorney and instructor with the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) at Rutgers University in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, where she teaches labor studies and labor and employment law. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, Ms. Katz taught at SMLR as a Visiting Lecturer for more than 12 years, teaching courses in Collective Bargaining, Union Organizing, Women and Work and Occupational Safety and Health among others.

Ms. Katz is also an attorney with the law firm of Cohen Placitella Roth PC in Red Bank, NJ. Prior to joining the firm, she was an attorney with Fox and Fox LLP in Livingston, NJ. Her legal practice is primarily focused on labor and employment law representing unions and employees. She works closely with New Jersey's firefighters and other public employees.

Ms. Katz has a long history of representation of union members and workers, including nine years as the elected president of the Communications Workers of America, Local 1034. Additionally, Ms. Katz was appointed Commissioner of the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission and served from 2002 to 2006.

Ms. Katz is admitted to practice law in New Jersey. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall School of Law. Ms. Katz earned both her Masters and Bachelor’s degrees from Rutgers University in Labor and Employment Relations and Labor Studies. She also writes and lectures on politics, power, and on a broad spectrum of issues affecting working women and men. Ms. Katz is a frequent commentator on TV news regarding issues related to working people and unions.


  • –present
    Instructor, School of Management and Labor Relations , Rutgers University
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    Attorney, Cohen Placitella and Roth