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Adam S. Chotiner

Adam S. Chotiner is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar, and he oversees the firm’s Labor and Employment Law practice group.

Mr. Chotiner focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and commercial litigation, representing a wide variety of businesses as well as select individuals. Mr. Chotiner also defends claims against businesses under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, which requires businesses to be accessible to persons with disabilities. Mr. Chotiner was named a “Top Lawyer” in labor and employment law in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of the South Florida Legal Guide, after having been repeatedly honored as a “Top Up and Comer,” and he was previously recognized as a “Rising Star” in the Florida Super Lawyers magazine.

Mr. Chotiner received his Juris Doctor degree,cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List and worked on the Entertainment and Sports Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science, with honors, from the University of Florida. At the University of Florida Mr. Chotiner was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Sigma Alpha Mu social fraternity.

Mr. Chotiner is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. Mr. Chotiner also represents clients in arbitration.

As a Board Certified labor and employment law specialist, Mr. Chotiner’s practice includes all areas of labor and employment law litigation, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims based on race, gender, age, disability, national origin, religion and ethnicity. He also represents clients in Family and Medical Leave Act claims, whistle-blower claims, workers’ compensation retaliation claims and claims involving employment contracts and non-compete agreements. In addition, Mr. Chotiner has extensive experience litigating claims for unpaid overtime compensation and minimum wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act, including collective actions. His labor and employment law practice also includes preventative labor relations and counseling employers on their policies and practices, including drafting and revising employee handbooks, employment agreements and job descriptions, and training for management and rank-and-file employees. Mr. Chotiner has had a labor and employment law article published by the Florida Bar Journal and he has been featured as a lecturer at labor and employment law seminars.

Mr. Chotiner’s practice also includes the defense of claims brought under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act. These matters generally involve disabled individuals suing businesses and other places of public accommodation, claiming that barriers exist which allegedly prevent them from fully enjoying the products and services being offered.

In the area of commercial litigation, Mr. Chotiner’s experience includes a wide variety of complex matters, including breach of contract, commercial disputes, insurance litigation, landlord and tenant issues, and real estate and business torts. He is also experienced in probate, trust and fiduciary litigation.

Highlights

Areas of Practice


  • Labor and Employment

  • Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act

  • Complex Commercial Litigation


Current Position

Shareholder

Bar Admissions


  • Florida, 1998

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1999

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1999

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2000

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2003


Education


  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1998

  • Bachelor of Arts in political science, University of Florida, 1993


Published Work, Lectures & Presentations

Lectures & Presentations



  • “Navigating the World of ADR”:  March 2014 (Sponsored by the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar)

    • Presentation on Being an Effective Advocate in Mediation



  •  11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Certification Review Course”:  February 2011 (Sponsored by the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar)

    • Presentation on USERRA (The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment          Rights Act of 1994)



  • “Employment Law Seminar”:  November 2003 (Sponsored by Broward County FBA Chapter and Employment Law Section of the Broward County Bar Association)

    • Presentation on Eleventh Circuit Update



  • “A Primer on Employment Discrimination Litigation”:  November 2001 and March 2003 (Both sponsored by Lorman)

    • Presentations on Retaliation in Employment Law




Published Article



  • Florida Bar Journal, October 2000: "Reeves v. Sanderson Plumbing Products, Inc.: The Supreme Court Clarifies a Discrimination Plaintiff's Evidentiary Burden”


Professional Experience


  • Gordon, Hargrove & James, P.A., associate attorney

  • Legal intern to the Honorable Stephen T. Brown, United States Magistrate Judge.

  • Legal intern to the Honorable Bennett Brummer, Public Defender for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.


Published Cases


  • Kennedy v. Gulf Gate Plaza, LLC, 2017 WL 519107 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 8, 2017)

  • Goodman v. Tatton Enterprises, Inc., 2012 WL 12540024 (S.D. Fla. June 1, 2012), report and recommendation adopted, 2012 WL 12540103 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 14, 2012)

  • Green v. RJ Behar & Co., Inc., 2010 WL 1839262 (S.D. Fla. May 6, 2010)

  • Green v. RJ Behar & Co., Inc., 2010 WL 1796570 (S.D. Fla. May 4, 2010)

  • Access for the Disabled, Inc. v. T.S. Margate Co., Ltd., 2008 WL 2761284 (S.D. Fla. July 15, 2008)

  • Access for the Disabled, Inc. v. T.S. Margate Co., Ltd., 2008 WL 2415304 (S.D. Fla. June 12, 2008)

  • Int'l Christian Fellowship, Inc. v. Vinh on Prop., Inc., 954 So. 2d 1214 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)


Professional Associations and Memberships


  • Member, Executive Committee, Federal Bar Association Broward County Chapter, 2002-present

  • Member, Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section

  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

  • Chairperson, Broward County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, 2002-2003


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