J.D. Rutgers University School of Law, Newark
M.A. Seton Hall University
B.S. West Chester State College
C. Lynn Centonze is of Counsel to GluckWalrath, based out of the Red Bank, New Jersey office, where she specializes in labor and employment law, public entity representation, and general litigation. After graduating law school, Ms. Centonze worked at a small boutique firm in northern New Jersey practicing employment and labor law. Prior to entering the legal profession, Ms. Centonze was nationally recognized for her contributions to the fields of law enforcement and homeland security. As a Chief of Police, she was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Committee (IACP) and served on the civil rights committee, the diversity coordinating panel and the patrol and tactical operations committee. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and was elected to speak on behalf of her class at graduation. Ms. Centonze received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement and is a founding member and past president of New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement. The National Center for Women in Policing honored her with a Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award. As Chief of the Planning and Project Management Bureau for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Ms. Centonze led the development and creation of catastrophic planning initiatives and crisis management planning throughout the state. In 2014, Lynn was honored by the Essex County New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association and received its first Distinguished Service Award.
Ms. Centonze has lectured and taught at many institutions of higher learning, professional seminars, and law enforcement academies on law enforcement management, policy and practices, emergency management, and diversity issues.
Ms. Centonze currently serves upon the Board of Directors-Executive Committee for Garden State Equality, advocating for equal rights for the LGBT community in New Jersey. She served as a Board Member for Wynona’s House, a child advocacy center in Newark NJ from 2001-2012.
Ms. Centonze is admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey and U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. She received her B.S. from West Chester State College, her M.A. from Seton Hall University and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Ms. Centonze is a member of the Labor and Employment and LGBT Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association.