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Pauline M.K. Young


Pauline M.K. (Kohl) Young is a member of the firm at McLaughlin & Nardi, LLC.  Pauline brings a unique mix of intelligence, discretion, diligence and street smarts to our firm.  Pauline handles a wide range of matters including litigation, business formations and transactions, employment law, and environmental/waste transportation law.  Pauline helps individuals and businesses by providing personalized services to fit the unique needs of each client.

Pauline has significant litigation experience including trials, arbitration, and mediation.   Pauline represents employers, employees and businesses in employment related matters, including whistleblower protections such as the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination, anti-retaliation laws, Woolley claims for breach of employee handbooks, hostile work environment scenarios, sexual harassment, violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Law violations.  Pauline recently acted as a panelist for New Jersey’s Labor & Employment Relations Association, presenting on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and its implications to New Jersey’s employment law.

Pauline also represents people and businesses in commercial litigation such as contract and partnership disputes, tortious interference and fraud.  Through her commercial litigation experience, she has become skilled at digging through voluminous financial and business records to understand the crux of each matter to better aid and advise her clients, and to advocate for them.  Pauline is also experienced with drafting and reviewing contracts in various transactional matters such as employment contracts, leases and real estate matters. 

Pauline has significant experience in the solid waste industry, specifically in relation to assisting solid waste transportation and hauling companies with stringent DEP rules, requirements, and ongoing compliance.  She often assists these companies in with a range of issues including formation, litigation, collection issues, contracts and transactions, A-901 applications and licensing, transfers and sales of business assets and entities.

Pauline recently received the Equal Justice Medal from New Jersey Legal Services for advancing equal justice for people in the State of New Jersey.  She has also been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” which is awarded to only five percent of attorneys in the State.*

Pauline is admitted to the bars of New Jersey and New York.  She is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Courts of New York and New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Pauline previously worked at New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs, New Jersey’s governmental agency which regulates professionals such as lawyers, doctors, and accountants; regulates consumer industries such as home construction and automobile sales; investigates and prosecutes consumer complaints; and regulates securities transactions in New Jersey.  She also previously worked for a large retail collections law firm representing major creditors of consumer debt.  Pauline began her tenure with the firm as a law clerk while she was still in law school, and lucky for us she came back after she graduated.

Pauline is a graduate of the American Inns of Court, Richard J. Hughes Chapter, which conducts graduate level trial advocacy training for select young attorneys run by respected judges and senior practitioners.  She also continues to complete courses on various legal updates and changes in the areas of real estate, commercial litigation, and employment law.

Pauline received her juris doctorate from New York Law School.  Pauline received her bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in law from Montclair State University, summa cum laude, where she was part of the Honors Program and graduated a semester early.  Pauline served as President of Montclair State’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, where she organized and chaired numerous academic events. Pauline received the Dean’s Award for contributions to Montclair State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and was also a disc jockey at 90.3, WMSC.


JD, New York Law School, 2010

BA, Montclair State University, 2007

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice New Jersey , 2010
New York, 2011
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2010
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2012
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2012
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

New Jersey State Bar Association

Representative Decisions
  • Safarian vs. American DG Energy, Inc., United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2015, 622 Fed. Appx. 149 (3d Cir. 2015)
  • Safarian vs. American DG Energy, Inc., United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2015 2015 WL 12698441
  • Kirman vs. United Parcel Service, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2015; 2014 WL 3853900
  • Kirman v. United Parcel Service, Inc., d/b/a/ UPS, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2015, 2015 WL 7720494
  • Brown vs. Makofka & City of Jersey City, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2016, 644 Fed.Appx. 139 (3d Cir. 2016)

* This does not specifically describe the lawyer as having any particular attribute.  No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Please visit the Super Lawyers Selection Process for a detailed description of the Super Lawyers selection methodology. 
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