Overview

Elizabeth joins the firm after a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Richard Smoak where she developed in-depth familiarity with state and federal law specific to employment litigation. She now defends management through litigation and before administrative agencies against discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination suits, among others. She also represents management in immigration related matters, including petitions for employment based non-immigration visas, employment-based immigration visas, and Form I-9 compliance.

Prior to clerking, Elizabeth graduated from the University of West Florida, with honors, and received her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, with honors. During law school, she served as the Executive Student Works Editor and on the Article Selection Committee of the South Carolina Law Review. Additionally, she studied transnational dispute resolution abroad at the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, London, England, and prepared and filed bylaws, articles of incorporation, state and federal registration filings, 501(c)(3) filings, and business plans for clients in the nonprofit/tax exempt area of law.

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)
  • SHRM JAX (2015 – 2016; 2018 – Present)
  • Chair of Technology Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter (11/2018 – Present)
  • Secretary, American Immigration Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter (07/2017 - Present)
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2017 – Present)
  •  Associate, Chester Bedell Inn of Court (2016 - 2017)
  • Associate, St. Andrew’s Bay American Inn of Court (08/13 -08/15)

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • "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
  • "Hot Topics: I-9 Training," Chamber of Commerce of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Yulee, September 19, 2018
  • "Supervisor Training on Effective Employee Management," 2-hour training to approximately 60 managers for Florida Association of County Trusts, Flagler, June 8, 2018 
  • "Millennials in the Workplace/Talent Management in the 21st Century," supervisor training for large Florida based Private Company, June 4, 2018
  • "America's Got Talent: Millennials in the Workplace/Talent Management in the 21st Century," Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP Jacksonville Seminar, March, 2018
  • "Maintaining a Culture of Respect & Civility," 5-hour non-supervisor 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 1, 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 30, 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 7, 2017
  • "Doing it Right: Keys to Proper Employee Management," 4-hour training to executive leadership of South Carolina based Company, November 7, 2017
  • "Maintaining a Culture of Respect & Civility," local Jacksonville based non-profit, August, 2017 
  • "Doing it Right: Keys to Proper Employee Management," local Jacksonville based non-profit, August, 2017
  • “Trump’s First 100 Days, Employment Law & Other Changes,” presented 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,” ThinkHR, (presented with Nicole Quinn-Gato, Legal Editor of ThinkHR), March 2017
  • "Years One and Two of a Trump Presidency: Anticipated Changes to Laws Affecting Employers," Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP Jacksonville Seminar, 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," Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP Jacksonville Seminar March, 2016
  • "Effective Documentation," 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

  • Employment Based Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visas
  • Form I-9 Compliance Audits
  • Analysis of Work Authorization Documents
  • Defense of EEOC and FCHR Charges
  • Employment Policy Formulation and Advice
  • Supervisory and Employee Employment Law Training
  • Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Investigations and Defense
  • National Origin Discrimination and Retaliation Investigations and Defense
  • Sex Discrimination and Retaliation, including LGBTQ issues, Investigations and Defense

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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