Williams Parker Attorneys at Law Sarasota Attorneys

Jennifer Fowler-Hermes

Counsel

Jennifer Fowler-Hermes

Jennifer is a board certified expert in labor and employment law. She is also a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit mediator.

She represents private, public, for-profit, and not-for-profit employers. Jennifer not only represents both large and small employers in litigation matters, but she also assists employers in managing risks to avoid litigation.

Jennifer’s legal practice includes:

  • Litigating all types of employment law claims, from preparing initial pleadings to trying cases in state and federal courts, including claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Fla. Stat. § 542.335 (non-compete), whistleblower/retaliation laws (including workers’ compensation retaliation), and employment law torts
  • Representing clients before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Agency for Workforce Innovation, and the Department of Labor
  • Negotiating and drafting independent contractor and other employment agreements
  • Conducting and/or supervising client internal investigations
  • Training client managers and staff regarding discrimination and harassment, diversity, and supervisory issues
  • Drafting and reviewing employee handbooks and policy procedure manuals, and providing guidance to clients regarding implementation of policies, including those required by law
  • Counseling private-and public-sector clients regarding application of employment law to decisions involving hiring, discipline, terminations, and reductions in force
  • Counseling clients regarding material changes in employment laws

Jennifer is a frequent lecturer and author on labor and employment law topics. Additionally, she serves as editor of The Williams Parker Labor & Employment Blog, which focuses on the latest trends and developments pertaining to labor and employment law and provides commentary and analysis regarding best practices for employers, human resource professionals, C-level executives, and boards of directors.

As a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit mediator, Jennifer serves as a neutral and impartial third party to parties, assisting them in working toward an amicable resolution of their disputes using communication, negotiation, and problem-solving.

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What is Board Certification?

Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience. Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. It is designed to help consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Only 6% of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

Labor & Employment Law Certification

The practice of labor and employment law encompasses advice and representation concerning the application and interpretation of public and private sector labor and employment law principles, and employment discrimination and employment-related civil rights law.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of Florida College of Law
  • B.A., University of Florida, With Highest Honors

PRACTICES

ADMISSIONS & LICENSURE

  • Bar

    • Florida, Board Certified in Labor & Employment by The Florida Bar
  • Courts

    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator

HONORS

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2017

BAR & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section, Executive Council
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Past Co-Chair
  • Manatee County Bar Association, Civics Outreach Project 2015, Director and Past Chair
  • Manatee County Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Director
  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys
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