Kelly-Ann Gibbs Cartwright is a seasoned labor and employment attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Her practice involves representation of clients before federal, state and local administrative agencies, at arbitration and in state and federal court on matters arising out of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the federal and Florida Whistleblower Acts, and other federal, state and local anti-discrimination and employment-related statutes. In addition, Ms. Cartwright handles trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation that includes litigating preliminary injunctions in state and federal court.
Ms. Cartwright has served as principal trial counsel for management in a number of jury trials, labor and employment arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. She has successfully defended management and corporate clients in collective and class action employment cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. She is the co-author of an article on class action communications.
In addition, Ms. Cartwright provides advice and counsel on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment contracts, restrictive covenants agreements, severance agreements, employee handbooks and policies, and compliance with employment and labor laws. Her practice includes conducting audits and training in a number of employment areas, including anti-harassment and discrimination policies. Ms. Cartwright also assists clients in effectively navigating leave policies, protecting company assets from employee defections, conducting internal investigations, and implementing and managing reductions in force. She has experience representing clients in a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, transportation, hospitality, technology, financial institutions, education and healthcare.
Ms. Cartwright received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1991. She currently serves as chair of Holland & Knight's Directors Committee and served as the Executive Partner of the Miami office for 12 years. Ms. Cartwright is a member of the firm's Diversity Council and has served as chair of the Miami office Women's Initiative. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors, YWCA of South Florida and on the board of trustees of the University of Florida Law Center Association.
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