Deborah L. Ross
Corporate / Employment Law
Business, Corporate, and Commercial Representation The firm provides a wide variety of representation for businesses, corporations, limited liability companies, and sole proprietors. Our clients include entities operating in both the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. A specific area of concentration for the firm is the counseling of clients regarding the formation of business entities and general corporate representation including the creation of governing declarations and bylaws, interaction with regulatory agencies, and issues related to corporate governance. The firm’s attorneys serve, in many instances, as a corporation’s-outside general counsel and provide legal advice in a myriad of situations as needed. Often, this representation will involve the management of disputes arising from issues of corporate governance and function. The firm’s litigation practice is experienced in handling contractual disputes, ownership, partnership, and shareholder disputes, non-competition agreements, and transactional issues. In addition, the firm’s attorneys often provide legal counsel on employment issues, including but not limited to: “at-will employment”, discrimination claims under state or federal law, representation before regulatory agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor, and issues related to overtime compensation and wage-related claims. The firm’s philosophy is to provide highly competent legal representation and individualized attention to address the particular issues presented by each and every client. Employment Law Navigating the complicated and multi-faceted area of employment law often requires consultation with a legal professional to avoid the potential for liability. Today’s employment law environment involves an increasingly complicated relationship between the employer and employee. These relationships are governed by numerous state and federal statutes and regulations as well as the long-standing rules of the common law. Given the heightened attention in today’s marketplace to the rights of employers and employees, sound legal counsel is essential. The firm’s attorneys often provide legal counsel on employment issues, including but not limited to: hiring and firing issues, disciplinary issues, drafting and revising of personnel manuals, drafting of employment contracts, drafting and enforcement of non-competition agreements, matters regarding “at-will employment”, unemployment compensation, discrimination claims under state or federal law, workplace violence, FMLA leave, age and disability issues, and issues related to overtime compensation and wage-related claims. The firm’s attorneys have represented clients in state and federal court and before regulatory agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. The firm provides the necessary legal counsel and personalized attention to address these often difficult issues presented by our clients.