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Dena H. Sokolow

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Dena H. Sokolow has more than 25 years of experience counseling and defending employers and management on a wide range of labor and employment matters.

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Hot Topics in Wage and Hour Law April 23, 2019
Ringing in the New Year: A Review and Preview of Employment Law Developments January 22, 2019
Pay Equity: The Complicated Comp Issue Facing Employers Today October 23, 2018
Key Updates in Employment Law for Higher Ed September 18, 2018
Hot, Hot, Hot Wage & Hour Issues June 6, 2018
Reappraisal of Sexual Harassment in America: Lessons from the Matt Lauer (and Other) Scandals January 29, 2018

Featured Experience

Granted attorneys' fees in a Title VII race discrimination case after prevailing on a Motion for Summary Judgment and subsequent appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal.
Represented title company in a Department of Labor wage and hour audit where the DOL was alleging the company owed in excess of $120,000 in unpaid overtime. Negotiated with DOL and assisted in recalculation of DOL's figures. Company paid less than $15,000.
Effectively defended a national supplier of soft drinks and chips in a national origin discrimination case where the former employee appealed a "No Cause" determination from the Florida Commission on Human Relations to an administrative hearing and then an appellate court.

Professional Biography

Overview

Dena H. Sokolow has more than 25 years of experience counseling and defending employers and management on a wide range of labor and employment matters. Dena's litigation experience includes arbitrations, class/collective actions, single and multiple plaintiff lawsuits, administrative proceedings involving employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, state whistleblower claims and common law claims. With a practice spanning Florida, Georgia, Alabama and beyond, Dena has handled virtually every type of employment law issue. Dena's clients range from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

Dena partners with her clients to best position them to avoid employment law claims or, at a minimum, put the company in the strongest position to defend such claims. Dena is frequently asked to both speak and write/contribute to articles on employment law issues. She also conducts customized management and employee training on a variety of topics that are specifically tailored to each employer's policies, practices and particular needs. Dena regularly works with her clients to audit their employment practices and policies to ensure compliance with federal and state employment legal requirements.

One focus area of her practice is representing and counseling her clients on federal and state wage and hour issues. Dena represents employers in both single plaintiff and collective action cases as well as Department of Labor audits. She has successfully negotiated significant savings and benefits on behalf of her clients who were found by the DOL to have wage and hour violations. Dena works closely with her clients to ensure compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws and assists them, when necessary, in implementing changes and transitions. She reviews such issues as pay classification, calculations of overtime pay, and pay equity.

Before entering law school, Dena was an HR generalist at a staffing company, and during her legal career she owned and ran an HR consulting business. Dena has spent her entire career working in, with or for human resources.

Representative Matters
  • Granted attorneys' fees in a Title VII race discrimination case after prevailing on a Motion for Summary Judgment and subsequent appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal.
  • Represented title company in a Department of Labor wage and hour audit where the DOL was alleging the company owed in excess of $120,000 in unpaid overtime. Negotiated with DOL and assisted in recalculation of DOL's figures. Company paid less than $15,000.
  • Effectively defended a national supplier of soft drinks and chips in a national origin discrimination case where the former employee appealed a "No Cause" determination from the Florida Commission on Human Relations to an administrative hearing and then an appellate court.
  • Successfully argued new interpretation of Florida Public Employees' Relations Act before Florida's First District Court of Appeal.
  • Represented large national fast food franchisee in a multi-party employment discrimination lawsuit filed in Florida. Plaintiffs worked for client for over 30 years and were seeking in excess of $3 million dollars. After coming to impasse at early mediation and engaging in discovery to expose weaknesses in the case, negotiated a reasonable, deeply discounted settlement, well below the authorized settlement amount from the client.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers in Employment and Labor: Employer (2017, 2018)
  • Member – State Bar of Georgia
  • Member – The Florida Bar
  • Member – Alabama State Bar
  • Member – American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Member – Society for Human Resource Managers
  • Florida Trend Magazine "Legal Elite" in Labor & Employment Law (2013, 2018)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Boundaries and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," Florida State College of Law Women's Law Symposium (March 2018)
  • "Sun, Sand & Success – Legal Compliance for Florida Businesses" (October 2016)
  • "It's Game Time: The X's and O's of Compliance with the New FLSA Rules," PacWest Fall Conference, San Francisco (October 2016)
  • "Wage and Hour Changes You Need to Know About," Baker Donelson conference "Sun, Sand & Success - Legal Compliance for Florida Business" (October 2016)
  • "Dropping In On the New Overtime Regulations," Florida Assisted Living Facilities Association (FL-ALFA, now Florida Argentum) Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (August 2016)
  • "Ask the Expert: On Employment Law Topics," Tallahassee Chamber Conference, Amelia Island, Florida (August 2016)
  • "Navigating FLSA Compliance to Minimize Risk," Webinar (August 2016)
  • Panelist – "Final New DOL Overtime Rule: Strategies to Mitigate Impact of 100% Increase in White-Collar Exemption," Stafford webinar (June 2016)
  • "Legal Updates: FLSA Implications for Higher Education," National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Annual Convention, Dallas (June 2016)
  • "What You Need to Know & How to Prepare for Overtime Regulations," Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Workforce & Talent Roundtable, Tallahassee, Florida (June 2016)
  • "10 Ways Your Business May Be Breaking Employment Laws (Tallahassee)" (September 2015)
  • "Summer 2015 Franchise Business Network Meeting" (July 2015)
  • "Baby Bump Blunders! Avoiding Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace (Atlanta)" (October 2014)
Webinars
Videos

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. (Labor and Employment), with Distinction, 1995
  • Florida State University, College of Law, J.D., with Honors, 1994
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, B.A., cum laude, 1990

Admissions

  • Florida, 1994
  • Georgia, 1994
  • Alabama, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

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