She has extensive experience in defending employers in lawsuits brought by employees in both state and federal courts involving discrimination laws, employment contracts, wage and hour claims, non-compete issues, wrongful termination, retaliation, whistle blower, employee benefits, union and collective bargaining issues, OSHA, minimum wage and overtime claims, and general personnel matters. She also counsels management in preventive measures, handbooks and policies, liability avoidance, documentation and employee discipline advice, investigations, training, and compliance with federal, state and local employment laws. Denise is the office managing partner for the firm's Fort Myers office.
Denise is also an arbitrator and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Mediator.
Denise has represented both health care providers and hospitals throughout Florida in defending claims brought by employees including harassment, discrimination, unpaid compensation, breach of contract and non-compete issues. She is also a certified mediator and has worked extensively with clients in this industry to proactively prevent litigation by providing training, advice on discipline and drafting contracts, polices and handbooks.
- Obtained favorable jury trial verdict in a recent non-compete case on behalf of a large physician practice.
- Successfully represented a hospital in a multi-count complex sexual harassment, retaliation and tort claim.
- Obtained numerous summary judgments in Florida on behalf of hospital clients including race, retaliation, whistle-blower and harassment claims.
Court Admissions — U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida