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 generally requires businesses and their websites to be accessible to persons with disabilities. Mr. Chotiner was named a “Top Lawyer” in labor and employment law in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 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 proceedings and he has served as a arbitrator.
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. Many such claims allege “physical barriers,” such as inaccessible restrooms and parking lots, but a recent trend is for the claims to allege that a company’s website is inaccessible to vision-impaired individuals.
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.