OGC Solutions’ Newest Partner: Laura Siclari
Laura Siclari, OGC Solutions’ newest partner, focuses her practices on the three Es: environmental law, employment law, and education law.
On the environmental side, she’s become seasoned at handling environmental law matters for various clients, including a Fortune 500 petroleum company, from regulatory issues and compliance, to the negotiation of access agreements, to claims and litigation involving remediation.
In her employment practice, Siclari has helped numerous public and private entities—including a large city municipality in New Jersey —manage their risk of legal exposure and position themselves to successfully investigate and defend labor and employment litigation that may arise.
But it is perhaps the third “E” that she is most passionate about. “Education law is truly my passion project,” says Siclari, who joined OGC Solutions in February. Over the past 17 years, Siclari has developed an expertise in representing students and their parents in any type of legal matter—from discipline matters, allegations of harassment, bullying, Title IX investigations, special education and disability accommodations.
“I’ve always been someone who’s felt compelled to get involved in the local communities where I live and work,” says Siclari, who has lived in Paramus for the last 13 years with her husband and two children.
As a result, for over ten years, Siclari served on the Board of Trustees – and for eight of those years as its Board Chair – of Care Plus, NJ, Inc., a Bergen-County-based community health and housing clinic that offers a wide-array of programs and services to provide a comprehensive approach to aid in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse. “As a mother, I’m driven to organizations that provide really important services—like support for addiction and mental health—to both children and adults,” she says. “In addition, as an attorney, I see where support is lacking in certain areas, and I try to help fill the gap.” That’s why Siclari serves as a member of both the New Jersey Autism Speaks’ Grant Committee, reviewing grant applications for autism programs, and the Alpine Learning Group’s Human Rights Committee, which regularly reviews the organization’s education and treatment programs. And more recently, she signed on as a member of the Board of Trustees at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, a nonprofit “safety net” hospital facility that provides comprehensive medical care to the diverse communities of Bergen County and beyond.
As an active volunteer in these organizations, Siclari says she’s not only gained the expertise to become an even stronger advocate for her clients—but she’s also developed a level of compassion that helps her connect with the young people and families she’s helping.
“I feel like my experiences in the community have created the foundation for stronger connections with my clients,” she says.
Siclari, who’s been practicing law since 2004, says she was attracted to Santomassimo Davis’ Outside General Counsel Solutions in part because of the firm’s commitment to volunteerism, noting that a number of her colleagues are on area volunteer Boards or serve in other capacities for nonprofits.
In addition, she lauds the firm for its culture, which prides itself on fostering a better work/life balance for all of its attorneys. “I think it’s important for female attorneys in particular, especially at the partner level, to feel like they’re in a supported environment where they can enhance their practices while still have time for family and civic activities.
“I’m excited to say I’ve found that and much more at OGC Solutions.”