DanaLynn T. Colao


18 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 200
Florham Park, NJ 07932
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Over the past twenty years, DanaLynn Colao has developed a practice that focuses on employment and labor issues, contract matters, higher education, school law and professional liability.  She counsels clients on a wide array of issues that arise in the workplace including new hires, medical leaves of absence, wage and hour claims, employment agreements, discrimination and harassment grievances, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, termination decisions as well as separation agreements. DanaLynn routinely prepares and updates employee handbooks and policies, and provides training to clients on various topics, including appropriate conduct in the workplace, harassment, discrimination, family leave and effective communication and management of employees.  She also has extensive experience conducting comprehensive investigations of a variety of matters for public and private clients, including inappropriate conduct in the workplace, ethical violations, conflicts of interest, policy violations and bullying.

DanaLynn provides her clients with guidance on the controlling legal principals while simultaneously providing practical advice to resolve complex situations in an expedited fashion.  Her dedication and personal regard for her client’s business objectives has contributed to her success and her clients’ confidence in her advice.

She represents her clients in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels and before administrative tribunals, and has extensive experience providing counselling and litigation support in a variety of industries.

Honors and Awards

Listed in:

  • New Jersey Law Journal - 40 Under 40 - 2009
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers® - 2017-2018
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars 2009-2013

Selection methodology for awards and honors can be found here.

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Representative Matters

Raphaela Fernandez v. Pathmark, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, September 27, 2006

Miller v. Lambert, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Morris County


N.J. Human Resources Law Alert - September 2016

White Paper: University and College Compliance With The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in Connection With Foreign Academic Programs

N.J. Human Resources Law Alert - April 2015

N.J. Human Resources Law Alert - March 2015

N.J. Human Resources Law Alert - August 2014

N.J. Human Resources Law Alert - October 2013

N.J. Human Resources Law Alert - August 2013

"Affordable Care Act Notices and Revised Model COBRA Election Notice"- June 2013

Third Circuit Adopts and Expands 'Employee' Test for Title VII Cases"

Employers May be Prohibited from Asking for User Names and Passwords of Current and Prospective Employees

New FMLA Rules

Use of Social Media in Screening Prospective Employees

Wouldn't it be Great to Have an Intern do This?  Answer:  Maybe

N.J. Human Resources Law Alert - March 2013

EEOC Enforcement Actions Cost Employers a Record $365 Million

Frightful Weather and Delightful Holiday Bonuses Give Rise to Wage and Hour Issues

N.J. Human Resources Law Alert - December 2012

N.J. Human Resources Law Alert (2) - October 2012

N.J. Human Resources Law Alert (1) - October 2012

"How to Onboard a New Employee," XpertHR (partner with Lexis Nexis), April 2012

N.J. Human Resources Law Alert - February 2012

Employment & Labor Update: New Posting Required by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)

Employment & Labor Law Update: Often Overlooked Posters

Employment and Labor Update - Time to Review Your Email, Computer, Internet and Social Media Policies!!

“Term Limits: An Optimistic Attempt to an Unresolvable Issue,” 21 Seton Hall Legis. J. 657, 1997


"Managing Employee Performance to Improve The Bottom Line" - March 5, 2013

Frequent lecturer on labor and employment law issues for organizations such as the National Association of Temple Administrators, the Young Men’s-Young Women’s Hebrew Association, Roster Financial, Mennekes Electronics, BAREWEB, D&M Holdings, Inc. and others.

Memberships and Activities

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

New Jersey Federal Bar Association

Morris County Chamber of Commerce