Karen M. Morinelli

Office Managing Shareholder || Tampa

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.

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 ULPs, 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 a Fellow of the College of Labor and Lawyers and 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.

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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.


Admittance to Practice

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


Best Lawyers Award Badge

Best Lawyers Award Badge

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