Joseph Z. Fleming - Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Joseph Z. Fleming

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1983
Phone: 305-579-0517

Joseph Z. Fleming is an experienced litigator and labor and employment lawyer who represents a diverse group of clients, including governmental entities, national and international airlines, utilities companies, land developers, and mining interests in issues of labor and employment matters, workplace safety, hazardous-waste regulatory and insurance matters, environmental and land use, and complex international litigation. In addition, he also works in the entertainment, arts and sports law areas.

Joe has wide-ranging litigation experience in ADA litigation (ADA, Title II and III litigation). His labor and employment practice involves representation of management in matters involving:

  • Opposition to union organizational efforts;
  • Collective bargaining negotiations;
  • Representation in arbitration proceedings and in enforcement of collective bargaining agreements;
  • Affirmative action and equal opportunity compliance and related administrative and judicial proceedings;
  • Defending management decisions in labor and employment discrimination cases (in civil rights discrimination, age, disability, wage and hour, occupational safety and hazard, workplace environment, defamation, and other labor and employment related claims); and
  • Related complex litigation (including the Railway Labor Act, National Labor Relations Act, ERISA and RICO-related litigation).

University of FloridaBA 1962University of Virginia School of Law New York University School of LawLL.M 1966
American Law InstituteCollege of Labor and Employment LawyersAmerica Arbitration AssociationJay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity, Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami, Board of Trustees New World Symphony, Board of DirectorsMiami-Dade and Broward Chapter of the American Jewish Committee

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Areas of Concentration
  • Environmental, land use and natural resources
  • Entertainment
  • Intellectual property
  • Defamation law
  • Media law
  • Constitutional law
Significant Representations
  • Represented Christo and Jeanne-Claude in connection with the permitting and litigation involving the "Surrounded Islands Project for Biscayne Bay." Representation in connection with federal, state, regional, county and local government permitting and representation in the U.S. federal district court litigation involving federal statutory permitting, resulting in judicial approval of the ability to proceed with the project.
  • Represented governmental, historic preservation and conservation groups on a pro bono basis and, also, developers, utilities and manufacturing entities in federal and state administrative agency tribunals, judicial proceedings and appellate cases involving complex environmental permitting issues, including ADA compliance issues.
  • Represented management in administrative and judicial trials and appellate cases relating to labor and employment laws, and environmental laws, and advised management on labor, employment and environmental transactional issues involving acquiring and selling companies.
  • Served as an arbitrator in commercial, employment and environmental arbitration cases and arbitrated numerous cases on behalf of management.

Office Location

333 SE Second Avenue, Suite 4400
Miami, FL 33131
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Land Use and Zoning of the Miami Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Miami Metro Area
Joseph Z. Fleming has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Joseph Z. Fleming has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Environmental Law (Clean Water Act, Land Use and Zoning, RCRA/Hazardous Waste)
Labor Law - Management
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Sports Law
Water Law