Karen M. Morinelli is a shareholder in the Tampa office. As a 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.
Karen 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.
Karen’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 ULPs, grievance and arbitration hearings and advising clients on preventative strategies with an organized workforce.
Karen 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.
Karen is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 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.