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Kelly M. Peña

Associate Miami

Kelly M. Peña is an associate attorney in the Miami office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Ms. Peña’s practice focuses primarily on employment litigation. Ms. Peña represents management in administrative proceedings as well as all phases of litigation. She draws from considerable experience representing employers in discrimination claims, harassment claims, retaliation claims, public accommodation claims, and benefits litigation.

Ms. Peña is also active in the community. She serves on the Board of Directors and co-chairs the Public Relations committee for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter. Ms. Peña also regularly volunteers with Lawyers for Children America. Through LFCA, she organized and hosted Foster Youth Day in 2015, 2016, and 2017, serving over 200 current and former foster youth, and she has also organized CLE programming on representing young women in foster care.


Experience

  • Helped obtain a favorable verdict representing a national underwriting company as plaintiff in a breach of contract and fraud action, resulting in a $13 million judgment
  • Defended management in discrimination claims, including claims of pregnancy discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination
  • Defended management in wage and hour claims, including nationwide collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Represented national clients over contested employee benefits, with numerous interpleader actions favorably resolved
  • Defended companies in public accommodation litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter, Board of Directors, Public Relations Co-Chair
  • Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar, Publications Subcommittee
  • Lawyers for Children America, pro bono attorney ad litem
  • YWCA, Court Care Silent Auction Committee Member
  • The Defense Research Institute
  • The Rich Coast Project, Board of Directors
  • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 40 Under 40 Nominating Committee

Speeches:

  • Lawyers for Children America and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers Roundtable - ''Representing our Future: Empowering Women and Girls'' - Miami - June 23, 2016

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