Carsen N. Ruperto

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Westminster College, 2008

Carsen is a Director in the Labor & Employment Group, who represents employers in all aspects of their relationships with their employees.

She advises management teams on compliance with workplace laws, collective bargaining, unfair labor practices, union avoidance campaigns and strategies, and regulatory compliance issues.

She also represents employers in their defense of discrimination, wage and hour, and other employment-related claims, and provides general employment counseling.

Carsen recognizes the importance of a productive workforce to a successful business. She focuses her practice on helping her clients develop, improve and maintain quality relationships with their employees to create an atmosphere in which their employees and businesses thrive.

  • Defends clients against grievances in labor arbitration matters
  • Counsels employers on compliance with federal employment laws, such as the FMLA (family medical leave), FLSA (wage and hour), USERRA (military leave and reemployment) and ADA (disability)
  • Represents employers in unfair labor practice proceedings, in front of state and federal labor boards
  • Defends employers against charges of discrimination in front of the EEOC and PHRC
  • Represents clients in unemployment compensation eligibility determinations and hearings
  • Defends clients in state and federal employment audits
  • Counsels employers regarding employment policies, agreements, non-competes and restrictive covenants
  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for Employment & Labor – 2018, 2019
  • Member, Westminster College Alumni Council
  • Member, C&G Associates Committee
  • Participant, EDGE by Align Leadership, Leadership Development Program
  • Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Women in the Law Division
  • Co-founder, Athena Circle of Trust, Erie
  • Presenter, “Harassment and HR Investigations in the #MeToo Era,” Penn State Beaver’s Continuing Education Series, October 2019
  • Presenter, “How Innovative Cohorts Can Build Vital Connections Within Communities,” PA Downtown Center’s Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Vitality Conference, June 2019
  • Presenter, “Pregnancy Discrimination: Claims and Defenses,” Cohen & Grigsby CLE Day, April 2019
  • Presenter, “Best Practices in Managing HR Risk Exposure,” Cohen & Grigsby Business Insights for Nonprofit Professionals Seminar, April 2019
  • Presenter, “Wage & Hour, Independent Contractor/Joint Employment Issues and Changes at NLRB,” Compliance During the Trump Administration Seminar, October 2017
  • Presenter, “What’s Happening at the NLRB, Recent Case Law Under the “Obama Board” and What to Expect with the New Administration,” Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania’s Annual Labor & Employment Update, May 2017
  • Presenter, “The Fundamentals of Wage and Hour Law,” Cohen & Grigsby CLE Day, April 2017
  • Presenter, “The Fundamentals of Wage and Hour Law,” C&G Academy, October 2016
  • Presenter, “NLRB Decisions Affecting Unionized & Non-Unionized Workplaces,” NBI Advanced Employment Law Seminar, December 2015
  • Presenter, “Developments in Federal & State Laws,” NBI Advanced Employment Law Seminar, December 2015
  • Presenter, “Election Rules,” NLRB, Cohen & Grigsby Academy, January 2015
  • Presenter, “Document Retention Strategies,” Warren Forest Higher Education Council, September 2014
  • Presenter, “Affordable Care Act Refresher and Update,” Healthcare Ventures Alliance Long-Term Care Seminar, May 2014
  • Presenter, “EEOC Update,” Human Resources Section of the PA/NJ Electric Cooperative, April 2014
  • Presenter, “Affordable Care Act,” Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership’s Business Growth Series
  • Presenter, various training opportunities with individual employers