Pedro Forment is a Shareholder in the Miami office of Jackson Lewis and formerly an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor. Pedro represents employers throughout the United States and is a frequent lecturer on employment law as well as workplace safety and health issues. Pedro has significant class action experience in multiple jurisdictions and practices before federal and state courts as well as administrative agencies throughout the United States.
Mr. Forment is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers, Latino American Who’s Who and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a frequent lecturer, and is a contributor to journals and periodicals dedicated to employment law, including, compliance with and management of disability and leave laws (FMLA, ADA), wage and hour (FLSA and state law requirements), non-compete agreements, defense against discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower lawsuits, as well as OSHA and workplace safety, health and environmental issues.
Mr. Forment is admitted to practice in Florida, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Employment and OSHA Sections; the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys; the Cuban-American Bar Association; the National Safety Council; and the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.
In the community, Mr. Forment sits on the Partners’ Board of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), and is on the Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Advisory Committee. He is involved in the American Bar Association’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, the Minority Law Student Mentoring Program, and Future Business Leaders of America Public School Districts 23/24 South Florida. He is also a member of the Miami-Dade County Public School Business Technology Education Board.
Mr. Forment attended Wroxton College, in England (1983); Universidad Santiago Compostela Spain (1984); and received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1987. He earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He is fluent in Spanish.
Representative Clients — Mr. Forment’s clients include (among others) national retail food chains, restaurants, amusement parks and theme parks, warehousing and distribution centers, airlines, telecommunications companies, construction companies, manufacturers, hospitals, employers in healthcare industry, health plans, staff leasing and professional employer associations, engineering firms, mines, industrial manufacturing companies, printing companies, correctional facilities, safety associations, security firms, hotel and conference centers, financial services companies, biotechnology firms, producers of nutritional supplements, power plants, professional associations (CPAs, physicians, etc.).
Employment Advice and Litigation:
- advice and litigation defense (individual or class action) of discrimination and harassment cases, including, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, FMLA
- preparation of/defense of employment contracts and non-competes
- preparation of independent contractor agreements
- defense of wage and hours claims, conducting wage and hour audits, representation of employers with tax audits for employee/independent contractor issues
- advice and handling of workers’ compensation retaliation and disability claims
- assessment and implementation of solutions for workplaces – including management/employee relations, conflict resolution, communication, training, discipline, documentation
Governmental Agencies and Statutes
- handling all aspects of government agency investigations (including, OSHA, Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA"), National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB")) following workplace accidents, catastrophes and fatalities
- advice and defense against whistleblower actions pursuant to state/federal statutes
- advice and litigation defense on state/federal statutes including, OSHA, Migrant Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Protection Act, Federal Mine Health and Safety Act, Energy Reorganization Act, Atomic Energy Reorganization Act; Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
Workplace Environmental Safety and Health and Toxic Torts:
- advice and litigation defense involving workplace environmental/toxic torts, safety and health issues, including, handling of internal complaints, employee issues regarding exposure to contaminants or illnesses, etc.
- representation during all aspects of OSHA inspections, investigations, citations and hearings before administrative agencies
- assisting with press release information and responses to requests for information related to inspections, investigations, litigation and workplace catastrophes/fatalities
- coordinating through established contractors workplace environmental testing and monitoring
- workplace safety audits, process evaluation and OSHA Compliance
- management/supervisor training and seminars
- collective bargaining; contract administration to employers in their relationships with unions