Karen M. Morinelli

Shareholder Tampa

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 recognized by Best Lawyers in America for both Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management and is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She is a member of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys. 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.


Experience

In addition to representation of employers in collective bargaining, she litigates all aspects of employment law cases in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Ms. Morinelli counsels clients on labor and employment matters including Title VII, the ADAAA, the ADEA, the FMLA, AAP, NLRA, PELRA, FCRA and local fair employment practice standards. In addition, she presents seminars and training programs for clients and employer organizations on a variety of employment related topics. She conducts internal investigations of workplace improprieties, including sexual harassment, ethics violations and public sector formal investigations in accordance with state and local laws. Ms. Morinelli drafts employment contracts, severance agreements and settlement agreements, and she advises clients on all aspects of the employment process including hiring, discipline, and terminations.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator
  • Mediator, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • District of Columbia Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Florida Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Charlotte County Society for Human Resource Management

Speeches:

  • FPELRA LR Professional Series Training - ''Impasse Hearing Simulation'' - Orlando - June 23, 2017
  • NPELRA 2017 Annual Training Conference - ''Discipline and Documentation: Best Principles and Practices for New Supervisors'' - Longbeach - April 2017
  • FPELRA 2017 Annual Conference - ''Legal Update 2017 - Aloha'' - Orlando - February 24, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Comfort Dogs, Odor-Free Workplaces, and Talking Websites – The Expansion of “Reasonable” Accommodations'' - Tampa - November 04, 2016
  • University of West Florida Council of Counsels - ''The ABC’s of Website Accessibility Litigation'' - Pensacola - July 21, 2016
  • NPELRA – Labor Relations Academy I - ''The Labor Contract'' - Memphis - April 17, 2016
  • FPELRA Annual Training Conference - ''Legal Update 2016 – Some “Good Oil” for the Outback'' - Orlando - February 22, 2016
  • Charlotte County Society for Human Resources - ''Legal Update: 2015 & Beyond'' - Tampa - November 18, 2015
  • City of Sarasota - ''Understanding Labor Contracts'' - Sarasota - August 20, 2015
  • FPELRA - ''Impasse Simulation Training'' - Orlando - June 05, 2015
  • NPELRA - ''Labor Relations Jeopardy'' - Savannah - March 31, 2015
  • ACC West Central Florida Chapter - ''Employment Law Jeopardy'' - Tampa - February 19, 2015
  • FPELRA - ''Legal Update'' - Orlando - February 09, 2015
  • Charlotte County Society for Human Resources - ''Legal Update'' - Port Charlotte - November 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Top Ten Ways to Get Sued'' - Tampa - September 01, 2014
  • FPELRA Pre-Conference - ''EEOC Goes Wild!'' - Marco Island - July 2014
  • Charlotte County Society for Human Resources - ''Legislative Update'' - Port Charlotte - June 2014
  • FPELRA Annual Training Conference - ''Legal Update'' - Orlando - February 2014
  • NLRB - ''Are Your Handbooks Compliant?'' - Tampa - May 2013
  • FPELRA - ''Legal Update'' - Orlando - February 2013
  • NPELRA 2012 Annual Training Conference - ''Avoiding Wage and Hour Mistakes (Fair Labor Standards Act)'' - Orlando - April 15, 2012
  • Suncoast Human Resources Management Association - ''2011 HR Legal Update'' - St. Petersburg - September 14, 2011
  • NPELRA 2012 Annual Training Conference - ''Ask An Expert - Labor & Employment Law'' - San Diego - March 2011
  • FPELRA Annual Training Conference - ''Legal Update: Know Where You Are!'' - Orlando - February 09, 2011
  • NPELRA - Labor Relations Academy II - ''Role of Arbitration in Union/Management Relations'' - Raleigh - November 09, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Evaluating Employee Performance Without Creating Legal Liability'' - Tampa - October 21, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Conducting Successful Workplace Investigations'' - Tampa - October 21, 2010
  • NCLEPA Fall Conference - ''Mandatory Collective Bargaining for Public Safety Employees: An Introduction to Organizing and Negotiation'' - Boone - October 13, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''HR's Role in Employment Litigation Management'' - Las Vegas - May 06, 2010

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October 28, 2015 - SHRM Online - "Terminate on Tuesdays, and Quickly, Humanely"
May 20, 2015 - Law360 - "5 Tips for Employers Worried About FCRA Class Actions"

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