“I pride myself on being upfront and honest with my clients. I know the attorney-client relationship requires trust and I believe that begins with complete candor with my clients.”

- Toni L. Telles

“I pride myself on being upfront and honest with my clients. I know the attorney-client relationship requires trust and I believe that begins with complete candor with my clients.”

- Toni L. Telles

Toni is an attorney in Obermayer’s Labor and Employment department. She represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment litigation, employment-related agreements, wage and hour matters, executive compensation, employee benefits, internal investigations, and labor arbitration.

Toni went to law school to provide a voice for those who could not be heard on their own. She sees her job as primarily advising her clients on best practices to avoid risk and navigating them through the legal process when litigation arises. This translates into having candid conversations with clients about the facts of their cases and defenses; providing counseling and training to educate the client on the law and best practices and strategizing with the client to determine the next best steps to take when litigation arises.

Toni is an avid runner. She believes physical fitness is an important part of overall well-being. In her free time, she also enjoys creating music.

Toni has extensive experience in legal research and drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs, as well as deposition taking and defending, settlement negotiations, mediation, trial preparation and strategizing, and trial.

Some of Toni’s most notable accomplishments are:

  • successfully won a Summary Judgment motion in a contentious sexual harassment and retaliation case;
  • created and presented trainings and CLEs regarding state anti-discrimination law
  • managed the NJ Employment Department at her former firm

Before enrolling in law school, Toni served two years with AmeriCorps National Service in Central New Jersey. During her service, she developed and planned community and social service programs and devoted her time to assisting local social service centers with providing support to economically disadvantaged residents. Her experience was incredibly rewarding, but she knew that the type of service she wanted to provide to those in need meant pursuing a legal career.

While in law school, Toni founded and co-chaired the National Lawyers’ Guild, Rutgers-Camden Law School Chapter. She was the Secretary of the Association of Public Interest Law and on the Executive Board of Alianza, the Latino las student association and was awarded a Marshall-Brennan Fellowship, teaching Constitutional Law to High School students in the city of Camden.

Toni was honored with the Graduation Award for her contributions to public service on behalf of the law school and was nominated for the Mary Philbrook Public Service Award.