Karen M. Morinelli

Karen M. Morinelli

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Recognized since 2012

Tampa, Florida

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

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Karen M. Morinelli is a Shareholder in the Tampa office. As former General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources, she brings a strong business perspective to both client relations and in her approach to manage client issues.

Ms. Morinelli has managed a corporate legal department and a variety of employment related issues in corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, national class action litigation and managed a successful appeal to the United States Supreme Court. She is a frequent lecturer for both state wide and national employer sponsored organizations on a variety of current labor and employment topics. Her practice includes both traditional labor in the public and private sector as well as employment law.

Ms. Morinelli's traditional labor practice includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements including serving as Chief Negotiator for clients in both the public and private sector. Additionally, she represents management in ULP's, grievance and arbitration hearings and advising clients on preventative strategies with an organized workforce.

Ms. Morinelli also counsels employers in all aspects of labor and employment law including employer/employee relations, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. This includes litigation in both state and federal courts on matters under Title VII, the ADAAA, the ADEA, the FMLA, AAP, NLRA, PELRA, FCRA and local fair employment practice standards.

Ms. Morinelli is listed in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America and is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She earned her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law cum laude in 1989, her M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame Graduate School of Business in 1985 and her B.A. from LaSalle University, cum laude in 1976.

Contact & Links
  • 100 North Tampa Street, Suite 3600
    Tampa, FL 33602
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, The Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Charlotte County Society for Human Resources - Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association - Member
  • Florida Bar Association - Member
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator - Mediator
  • Sarasota County Bar Association - Member
  • Society for Human Resource Management - Member
  • St. Petersburg/Clearwater Bar Association - Member
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida - Mediator

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Labor Law - Management
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Labor Law - Management, Tampa (2022)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • AV Peer Review Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators

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