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McKenzie’s legal experience spans the worlds of government, private practice, and judicial chambers.
She served as Associate Counsel, Senior Counsel, and, ultimately, Deputy Chief Counsel in the Office of New Jersey Governor Phil D. Murphy, where she focused on a wide variety of issues, ranging from data privacy to expansion of social supports to health care billing practices. McKenzie participated in litigation on behalf of the state on challenges to COVID-19-related executive actions, as well as matters involving state agencies and authorities. She worked closely with the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey on litigation involving public sector unions and employees and advised on New Jersey’s participation in multistate litigation across a broad range of topics.
McKenzie was responsible for the implementation of the governor’s COVID-19 reopening plan, which involved drafting over 100 COVID-19-related executive orders, including those regarding health and safety requirements for businesses, and New Jersey’s Worker Protection Executive Order, one of the first orders of its kind in the nation creating baseline COVID-19 health and safety standards for workers. She also helped to create the state’s emergency telework program; provided counsel on leave issues, health and safety protocols, and ADA/LAD matters; consulted with the Division of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action on employee discrimination and harassment issues; and advised on labor- and health-related legislation and regulations.
Her private practice experience includes conducting investigations into allegations of workplace discrimination and harassment and defending management in actions brought under federal and state employment laws.
McKenzie clerked for the Hon. Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.