Overview

Cherie loves a good audience.  Sometimes that means presenting her case to a jury, and sometimes it’s at a conference where she is training a room full of HR professionals.  Other times, however, it’s when she’s belting out a great karaoke tune or performing a tap routine…. but more on that later.  Cherie represents employers in a wide range of employment matters, including wage and hour actions, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, Family and Medical Leave, ADEA, disability, breach of contract, defamation, negligent hiring/negligent retention, and whistleblower claims.  She has successfully defended management before numerous government administrative agencies and in federal and state court trials. 

However, it’s not always about fighting the fight.  Cherie enjoys partnering with employers to understand their business needs to provide practical risk management advice and counseling.  She helps employers develop compliant employment practices by reviewing and revising their policies and procedures as well as training managers and other personnel.  Cherie is a nationally recognized speaker and has authored several articles on employment law issues.

Cherie’s clients cross over many industries, including healthcare, technology, finance, and construction.  At the risk of sounding like a plaintiff’s lawyer (gasp!), for her, there is no client too big, and no client too small.  In that regard, Cherie has experience helping small startup companies develop compliant hiring and employment law policies and has also worked with several global and Fortune 100 clients in defending employment law claims and providing employment law advice.  She aggressively defends employers in state and nationwide collective and class actions with as much passion as she does for small employers defending what would otherwise be considered a minimal risk or low value claim. 

Honors & Recognitions

  • Hope Cohen Barnett Young Leadership Award, Tampa Jewish Federation (2016)
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers® (2012-2015)
  • Florida Super Lawyers® (2018)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Tampa Bay Medical Group Management Association
  • Suncoast Healthcare Executives
  • Tampa Connection Alumni Committee
  • Tampa Connection Program Graduate
  • Tampa Jewish Federation Annual President’s Dinner Committee Patron Chair
  • LeadHRs Leader/Co-Founder

About Me

In her free time, Cherie enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with family.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Top 5 Employment Law Risks Facing Your Practice” at the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators’ national conference (September 2017)
  • “Your Handbook is Probably Illegal” at the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators’ national conference (September 2017)
  • “Difficult Employee Issues that Keep You up at Night,” presented to Suncoast Healthcare Executives, March 2017
  • “Preparing for the New FLSA Exemption Rules,” presented for the Association of Science & Technology Centers Annual Conference, September 2016
  • “Dealing with Difficult Employees,” presented for the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators’ Annual Educational Conference, September 2016
  • “Avoiding Independent Contractor Misclassification Risks,” presented for the Home Care Association of Florida Annual Conference & Trade Show, August 2016
  • “Avoiding Lawsuits for Wage and Hour Violations,” The Journal of Medical Practice Management, March/April 2016
  • “What You Need to Know to Protect Your Practice from Disgruntled Employees and Government Agencies in 2016,” presented to Suncoast Healthcare Executives, May 2016
  • “Avoiding Liability for Misclassification Under the FLSA,” presented for the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators’ Annual Educational Conference, September 2015
  • “Minimizing Employment Law Risks in Dental Practices,” presented to Seattle Study Club - Tampa Chapter, January 2014
  • “Employment Law Updates for Recruiters,” presented to Tampa Recruiter Networking Group, 2012
  • “Five Tips to Avoid Being Accused of Discriminatory Hiring Practices,” Tampa Bay Medical News, October 2011
  • “Harassment In The Workplace,” presented for Sterling Educational Employment Law Seminar, August 2011
  • “Compensable Time Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” presented for Lorman Educational Services Seminar, January 2011
  • “Hot Employment Law Issues for Dental Practices: Tips to Avoid Common Pitfalls and Reduce Your Litigation Risks,” presented to Seattle Study Club - Tampa Chapter, November 2010
  • “Employee Litigation Prevention: Hot Employment Law Issues for Medical Practices,” presented for Florida Wellcare Alliance Fall Meeting, November 2010
  • “The Business of Faith: Religious Diversity from an HR Perspective,” presented for Suncoast Human Resource Management Association/HR Tampa Annual Diversity Meeting, 2009
  • “Employment Investigations: Selecting an In-House or Outside Investigator,” ABA Employment & Labor Relations Law, Summer 2009
  • “Preventative Medicine: Tips on How to Avoid the 20 Most Common Employer Mistakes and the Jury Verdicts Which Can Result,” presented for the Florida Medical Group Management Association Annual Conference, July 2009
  • “Recent Developments in Employment Law: A Guide for Recruiters,” presented to Tampa Recruiter Network Group, June 2009
  • “The Prescription for a Painless Medical Practice: Tips to Avoid Employer Mistakes Concerning the ADA,” presented for Tampa Bay Medical Group Management Association Quarterly Meeting, September 2008
  • “And though she be but little, she is fierce.”
  • William Shakespeare 

Practice Emphasis

  • Employment Policy Formulation and Advice
  • Employment Litigation
  • Wage and Hour and Other Compliance Audits
  • Harassment Investigations and Defense
  • General Employment Law and Management Training
  • Defense of Discrimination and Retaliation Charges at Administrative Agency Level

Education

University of Miami School of Law

  • J.D., 2005

University of Florida

  • B.S., Telecommunication, with high honors, 2001 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida, 2005
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2009
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