Overview

Lisa Kohring is a labor and employment attorney in Holland & Knight's West Palm Beach office. Ms. Kohring focuses her practice on defending employers across the spectrum of discrimination and retaliation claims, including those alleging race, age, gender and national origin discrimination under federal and state laws. She regularly defends employers against disability discrimination and whistleblower claims.

Ms. Kohring helps clients remain focus-driven with an eye on liability avoidance by working with management to implement and enforce effective and protective policies and procedures. She has extensive experience carefully crafting employer "blueprints" to train members of management in key areas of compliance such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Ms. Kohring also regularly trains executives at every level of an organization about improving employee communication and performance management documentation.

In addition to her labor and employment practice, Ms. Kohring also handles breach of contract claims and prosecutes in the area of restrictive covenants, including non-competition, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements helping business owners protect confidential information, trade secrets and goodwill.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Kohring was in-house counsel for a local government agency where she gained extensive experience counseling C-level clients, human resources managers and hundreds of frontline supervisors at one of the largest employers in the county. Her practice focused on defending against discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower claims as well as breach of contract and wrongful discharge claims, improving employer communication and employee performance management documentation. She was responsible for advising on outcome determinative strategic decision-making, investigating and implementing compliance programs for the FMLA and ADA, and partnering with management in restructuring the internal investigation process. She gained extensive practical experience defending FLSA collective action lawsuits, investigating and creating practices to comply with immigration laws dealing with E-Verify and Form I-9, and responding to government inquiries and investigations.

After law school, Ms. Kohring spent several years in private practice with a West Palm Beach litigation boutique law firm, where she focused on defending small and medium-sized employers. She handled an array of commercial litigation matters involving breach of contract, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, shareholder disputes, declaratory and injunctive relief, franchise litigation, defamation and copyright infringement. Ms. Kohring also dedicated a significant amount of her practice to defending restaurant groups against claims for violation of FLSA and the Florida Minimum Wage Act.

While in law school, Ms. Kohring was a member of the Moot Court Society and Nova Trial Team. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Kohring completed an internship at the Office of the State Attorney in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, where she worked and studied under three attorneys in the Felony Division.

Ms. Kohring is a former co-chair for the Palm Beach County Bar Association's Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, where she devoted several years to setting, working toward and achieving goals with direct, identifiable impacts on the legal community. For two years, she managed the Diversity Corner in the Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, publishing monthly articles educating readers on such topics as employment discrimination, First Amendment, ADA and union activities. Ms. Kohring also assisted in the Diversity Internship Program, connecting law students of diverse backgrounds with top legal internship opportunities in Palm Beach County.

In addition, Ms. Kohring is a lifelong supporter of humanitarian causes focused on improving the lives of underprivileged community members and diversifying the local community. She is an active supporter and Loan Committee member with the Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF), an organization that facilitates providing interest free loans to underprivileged students around the country.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a large employer against claims of national origin discrimination brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and The Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA); achieved summary judgement on behalf of the employer in state court
  • Representation of a large employer against claims of reverse race and age discrimination and retaliation brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); achieved summary judgment on behalf of the employer in federal court
  • Representation of a large-scale transportation department and individual defendants against claims of failure to accommodate and disability discrimination brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and sexual harassment and battery brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and state law; achieved summary judgment in favor of all defendants in federal court
  • Representation of an employer defending against claim of whistleblower retaliation brought pursuant to Florida Statute 112.3187; achieved summary judgment on behalf of the employer in state court

  • Representation of an employer against claim for breach of contract and seeking declaratory judgment; achieved summary judgment on behalf of employer in state court
  • Representation of an employer defending against claim for breach of contract and breach of collective bargaining agreement; achieved summary judgment on behalf of employer in state court

  • Achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of a large-scale client during an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) into alleged violations of 8 U.S.C. §1324b by reducing the government's demand for a $1 million monetary penalty to $190,000
  • Served as the lead investigator during an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made by dancers of an international pop singer against the choreographer

Credentials

Education
  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, J.D.
  • Florida Atlantic University, B.A., Criminal Justice and Psychology
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Memberships
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2012-Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Co-Chair, 2014-2015
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Habitat for Humanity Subcommittee, Co-Chair, 2015-2016
  • Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court, 2017-Present
Honors & Awards
  • Habitat for Humanity Build Coordinator, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2014
  • Book Award, Trial Advocacy, Nova Southeastern School of Law, 2010

Publications

Speaking Engagements