Overview

Elizabeth joins the firm after a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Richard Smoak in the Northern District of Florida where she developed in-depth familiarity with state and federal law specific to employment litigation. She now partners with management to provide comprehensive and substantive legal L&E advice, defense before administrative agencies, arbitrators, and judiciary, and conduct thorough and prompt investigations into workplace disputes. Leveraging her entrepreneurial personality and firsthand experience owning and operating small businesses, Elizabeth collaborates with management to develop innovate, practical solutions for managing the modern workforce.

Honors & Recognitions

  • CALI Award for Excellence: Criminal Procedure, Torts II, Health Law and Policy
  • Order of the Wig and Robe - recognizes students with the most outstanding scholastic records
  • Order of the Coif - recognizes students in the top 10% of their graduating class

Professional & Civic Associations

  • SHRM (2015 – 2016; 2018 - Present)
  • Greater Pensacola SHRM (2022 – Present)
  • Nassau County Chamber of Commerce (2018 – 2020)
  • SHRM JAX (2015 – 2016; 2018 – 2020)
  • Chair of Technology Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter (2018-2019)
  • Secretary, American Immigration Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter (2017-2019)
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2017 – 2019)
  • Associate, Chester Bedell Inn of Court (2016 - 2017)
  • Associate, St. Andrew’s Bay American Inn of Court (2013-2015)

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Review of Play. Conducting In-House Workplace Investigations”, Jacksonville Annual Labor & Employment Law Workshop (Upcoming, July 2022)
  • “Preventing Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation”, 90 Minutes Webinar for a Florida based Sports and Entertainment Company (Upcoming, May 2022)
  • “Managing a Remote Workforce”, Greater Pensacola SHRM Legal Conference (Upcoming, May 2022)
  • “Doing it Right! Keys to Proper Employee Management”, 4-hour training to executive leadership of a South Carolina based Tech Company, September 2021
  • “Maintaining a Culture of Respect & Civility”, 90 minute training to workforce of a South Carolina based Tech Company, September 2021
  • “Drafting and Revising Employee Handbooks and Policies”, Jacksonville Annual Labor & Employment Law Workshop, July 2021
  • “Social Media Training”, Webinar for a Public Sector Client, December 2020
  • “COVID-19 Issues in the Workplace”, Panel Speaker, Jacksonville Annual Labor & Employment Law Workshop, September 2020
  • “Competing as a Multi-Sport Athlete: Employee Moonlighting”, Jacksonville Annual Labor & Employment Law Workshop, September 2020
  • “Hitting a PR: Measuring Performance”, Jacksonville Annual Labor & Employment Law Workshop, September 2020
  • “ADA Accessibility: Does your Website Comply?” Jacksonville Women’s Business Circle, February 2020
  • “HR Compliance in the Age of Telecommuting and the Remote Workforce”, Co-Presenter, Jacksonville Women’s Business Circle, February 2020
  • “Fundamentals of Immigration Law”, Panel Speaker, AILA Central Florida Annual Conference, October 2019
  • "Privacy in the Workplace," Co-presenter, Jacksonville Annual Labor & Employment Law Workshop, March 2019
  • "Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace,"Jacksonville Annual Labor & Employment Law Workshop, March 2019
  • “Immigration Snapshop: I-9 Compliance”, Jacksonville Women’s Business Circle, January 2019
  • "Hot Topics: I-9 Training," Chamber of Commerce of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Yulee, September 2018
  • "Supervisor Training on Effective Employee Management," 2-hour training to approximately 60 managers for Florida Association of County Trusts, Flagler, June 2018 
  • "Millennials in the Workplace/Talent Management in the 21st Century," supervisor training for large Florida based Private Company, June 2018
  • "America's Got Talent: Millennials in the Workplace/Talent Management in the 21st Century," Jacksonville Annual Labor & Employment Law Workshop, March 2018
  • "Maintaining a Culture of Respect & Civility," 5-hour workforce training for Florida based Company, March 1, 2018 
  • "Doing it Right: Keys to Proper Employee Management," 5-hour training for supervisors of Florida based Company, March 2018 
  • "Hot Topics: Preventing Sexual Harassment; a Briefing for Employers," 2-hour training for Chamber of Commerce of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Yulee, January 2018
  • "Who’s In? Who’s Out? – The Latest on Immigration," Jacksonville Women’s Business Circle, November 2017
  • "Doing it Right: Keys to Proper Employee Management," 4-hour training to executive leadership of South Carolina based Company, November 8, 2017 
  • "HR as the Investigator: Conducting Workplace Investigations," 2-hour training to human resources department of South Carolina based Company, November 2017
  • "Maintaining a Culture of Respect & Civility," training to executive leadership of local Jacksonville based non-profits, August 2017 
  • "Doing it Right: Keys to Proper Employee Management," training to executive leadership of local Jacksonville based non-profits, August 2017
  • “Trump’s First 100 Days, Employment Law & Other Changes,” Co-Presenter with Brown & Brown Insurance, Paycor, and TD Securities, June 2017
  • "I-9 Compliance and Best Practices for the Trump Administration," Breakfast Briefing, April, 2017
  • “HR Compliance Impact with Washington’s First Moves,” Webinar for ThinkHR, Co-Presenter with Nicole Quinn-Gato, Legal Editor of ThinkHR, March 2017
  • "Years One and Two of a Trump Presidency: Anticipated Changes to Laws Affecting Employers," Jacksonville Annual Labor & Employment Law Workshop, March 2017
  • “Trump, What Does He Mean for Employers ('Believe me, It’s Going to be Huge'),” presented with Brown & Brown Insurance, February 2017
  • South Carolina Women are not Pre-Existing Conditions, 63 S.C. L. Rev. 949, 2012
  • "Webinar: I-9 Best Practices in the Trump Era (and how to use the new 'smart' form)," January 2017
  • "Bonding Agents: Creating an Inclusive Workplace for LGBT Employees," Jacksonville Annual Labor & Employment Law Workshop, March 2016
  • "Effective Documentation,"Co-Presenter, Florida Association of County Trusts, Sumter, 2016 
  • Domestic Violence Luminary Ceremony, University of West Florida, Keynote Speaker (2008)
  • "We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.”
  • Tim Berners-Lee

Practice Emphasis

  • Form I-9 Compliance Audits
  • Defense of State and Federal Administrative Charges
  • Defense of EEOC and FCHR Charges
  • Litigate L&E Defense Strategy Before Administrative Agencies, Arbitrators, and State and Federal Courts
  • Provide On Demand L&E Legal Advice to Management
  • Mitigate Risk Through Innovative Contractual Solutions and Internal Policy Formation
  • Employment Policy Formulation and Advice
  • Supervisory and Employee L&E Compliance Training
  • Workplace Investigations

Industries

Education

University of South Carolina School of Law

  • J.D., cum laude, 2013
  • CALI Award for Excellence: Criminal Procedure, Torts II, Health Law and Policy
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • Order of the Coif

University of West Florida

  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 2009 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida, 2013
  • Washington D.C., 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
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