Frank A. Custode is a Partner in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group representing both businesses and individuals in a wide range of employment law matters.

Frank’s extensive experience includes matters involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace harassment, unlawful retaliation and whistleblower claims, family and medical leaves of absence, workplace accommodation requests, breach of restrictive covenants, and the negotiation of employment-related agreements, including employment, non-compete and severance agreements.

Frank’s practice also includes providing employment law counseling to businesses and individuals on a wide variety of issues such as workplace discrimination and retaliation, employee discipline and termination issues, preventative counseling, the review and preparation of handbooks, policies, and agreements, and workplace investigations. Frank also has substantial experience representing clients in business and commercial litigation matters.

In addition to client representation, Frank is a New Jersey Court Rule 1:40 qualified mediator. As a mediator, Frank utilizes his vast experience as an employment law practitioner and commercial litigator to help parties resolve their disputes.

Beyond his legal work, Frank enjoys volunteering and giving back. From 2014-2017, he served as a Board Member for Straight & Narrow, Inc., which is a Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Paterson.

Before entering private practice, Frank served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joseph A. Falcone, A.J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.

Recognized for his excellence in the field, Frank has been listed on the New Jersey Super Lawyers roster from 2017 to 2024, as well as the “Rising Stars” list from 2013 to 2015.

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  • Rising Stars, New Jersey Super Lawyers

New Jersey, 2000

New York, 2001

U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 2000

U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2005

U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2005

U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2012

  • New York Law School
    • J.D. – 2000
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Articles Editor, New York Law School Law Review
  • Drew University
    • B.A. – 1997
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society