Kevin D. Zwetsch

Shareholder || Tampa

Mr. Zwetsch combines a diverse background in employment law with prior human resource management experience to defend and counsel employers facing employment litigation, complex and changing employment laws, and countless workplace issues. His trial experience includes jury trials, bench trials, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and evidentiary proceedings. As a generalist and litigator he handles all types of employment actions including trade secret, solicitation, non-compete, whistleblower, sexual harassment, false claim act, ERISA, ADA, computer fraud and abuse act, state law tort claims, and FLSA actions (single/collective actions and state law class actions). He also responds to government investigations, including EEOC, NLRB, DOJ, OSHA, and state agencies. Mr. Zwetsch often counsels employers on workplace issues including violence/threats, staff reductions, discipline and discharge, policy changes, employee theft and fraud, wage and hour compliance, FMLA/ADA/USERRA, and acquisitions. Mr. Zwetsch also handles third-party indemnification actions, Title III ADA lawsuits, and ERISA recovery and collection actions.

After studying industrial and labor relations as an undergraduate Mr. Zwetsch enjoyed a career in human resources working in several industries. He returned to law school at age 30 to fulfill a lifelong dream. In 2001, he was among the first group of lawyers to be certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in labor and employment law. Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Zwetsch was a shareholder at a prestigious Florida law firm for 17 years. He has been rated at the highest level by peers and lawyer rating organizations including Best Lawyers in America and Martindale-Hubbell (AV rated).

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Mr. Zwetsch has litigated and defended cases under nearly all major employment laws, and in nearly all forums. He has dealt with nearly every type of issue requiring legal counsel that could emerge at a workplace. His experience spans many industry groups including hospitality, retail, manufacturing, construction, software, medical, insurance, banking, securities, transportation, pharmaceutical, defense, restaurants, and entertainment. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, regional businesses, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and professionals.

Education

  • J.D., with high honors, University of Florida, 1992
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1982

Admittance to Practice

  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida

Professional Activities

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association

Speeches

  • Lorman Education Services Webinar - "Curbing FMLA Abuse: How to Manage Manipulative Employees" - February 22, 2019
  • International Practice Management Association (IPMA) Annual Conference - "Hot HR Topics" - Orlando - October 18, 2018
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Tampa Bay Chapter - "CLE" - Tampa - June 21, 2018
  • Central Florida Chapter, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accounts - "Employment Law Update - Key 2013 Developments and Beyond" - Winter Park - February 18, 2018
  • National Association of Specialty Pharmacies (NASP) Annual Meeting - "Managing Referral and Employee Relationships" - Washington, D.C. - September 24, 2017
  • National Association of Specialty Pharmacies (NASP) Annual Meeting - "Managing Referral and Employee Relationships" - Washington, D.C. - September 24, 2016
  • National Association of Specialty Pharmacies (NASP) Annual Meeting Law Day - "Employment Law Topics" - Washington, D.C. - September 2016 - September 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Wage and Hour Edition" - Tampa - October 15, 2015
  • Southwest Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SWACCA) - "HR 101 – Payroll and Overtime Pay" - Estero - May 5, 2015
  • Managing a Workforce in 2015 - "Wage and Hour Madness: Complying with the FLSA in the Modern World" - Tampa - September 4, 2014
  • Florida Association of Plumbing, Heating-Cooling Contractors, 2014 Convention - "Top 5 Employment Law Issues Facing Contractors" - Sarasota - July 19, 2014
  • Florida Irrigation Society, 2014 Florida Water Summit - "Top 5 Employment Law Issues Facing Contractors" - Kissimmee - July 18, 2014
  • Central Florida Chapter, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accounts - "Employment Law Update - Key 2013 Developments and Beyond" - Winter Park - February 18, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - "Unfair Competition: How to Improve Your Restrictive Covenants and Protect Your Confidential Information" - Tampa - October 29, 2013
  • International Paralegal Management Association, Annual Conference - "Outside the Brick & Mortar: How to Manage Work-Related Expectations" - Orlando - October 17, 2013
  • Independent Energy Human Resources Association's (IEHRA) Annual Conference - "Workplace Investigations" - Safety Harbor - October 14, 2013
  • Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Fall Seminar - "Social Media and Litigation" - St. Petersburg - October 5, 2013
  • Cement Employer's Association (CEA) Annual Conference - "Employment Law Update" - Portland - September 18, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "I Want a Piece of Your Paycheck: Garnishment Compliance for the Multistate Employer" - New Orleans - May 9 - 10, 2013
  • Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioner Contractors Association (FRACCA) Chapter Meeting - "Employment Law and Wage and Hour Update" - Ft. Myers - May 7, 2013
  • Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioner Contractors Association (FRACCA) Annual Conference - "Affordable Care Act Update" - Orlando - March 16, 2013
  • Polk Works, 2013 State of the Workforce Summit - "Social Media Issues for Employers" - Lakeland - January 31, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2013 - "That Was So 27 Seconds Ago: An Advanced Social Media Update" - Tampa - October 26, 2012
  • Polk Works, Employer Roundtable - "Affordable Care Act Update" - Bartow - September 12, 2012
  • National Association of African Americans in Human Resources - "Background Screening in the Age of Social Media: Do's and Don'ts" - Tampa - August 18, 2011

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • Labor & Employment – Top Lawyer’s
  • Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers
  • Circuit Mediator – Certified by the Supreme Court of Florida

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