Overview

Lori Adelson has extensive experience representing both private and public sector employers in the area of employment law. She provides legal advice and litigation defense support to company management, human resources professionals and other business partners regarding labor and employment matters that impact their business, such as compensation and benefits, governmental investigations and audits, wage and hour compliance, human resources policies and procedures, employee hiring, discipline and discharge, employee handbooks and contracts, statutory and regulatory compliance, discrimination avoidance, education and training, and risk management.

In addition to providing daily counsel to her management clients, Ms. Adelson regularly represents national and local employers in both state and federal court in various types of employment litigation. Her litigation practice includes discrimination and harassment cases, hostile work environment, wage and hour claims and restrictive covenant disputes.

Ms. Adelson also provides dispute resolution services including mediation, arbitration and neutral fact finding. She also counsels business owners on ADA accessibility and compliance. Prior to joining KDV, Ms. Adelson practiced with a national law firm before founding a boutique labor and employment office, Adelson Law Firm, where she concentrated her practice solely on employment and business matters for employers.

Ms. Adelson regularly lectures on labor and employment law issues at a variety of organizations including bar associations, and national and local human resources associations. She is often quoted as an employment law expert in national and local publications and news sources.

Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Southern District of Florida
    • Middle District of Florida
    • Eastern District of New York
    • Southern District of New York

Education

  • Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University – J.D.
  • University of Michigan – B.A.

Professional Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, ADR Section – Executive Council
  • Broward County Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law Section Co-Chairperson
  • Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Broward County Women’s Lawyer Association
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Human Resources Association of Broward County
  • Hospitality Human Resources of Broward County
  • Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

Representative Matters

  • Jameka Brown v. Buddy Bee Corp., d/b/a Take One Lounge, S.D.Fla. 2016, Jury Verdict Reporter (2016)
  • Reilly v. Madison Ave Media, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146404, 2012 WL 4838993 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 11, 2012)
  • East Coast Karate Studios, Inc. v. Lifestyle Martial Arts, LLC, 65 So. 3d 1127, 2011 Fla. App. LEXIS 10549, 32 I.E.R. Cas. (BNA) 1745, 36 Fla. L. Weekly D 1468 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 4th Dist. 2011)
  • Izakh v. City of Miramar, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51109, 2009 WL 1636108 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 30, 2009)
  • Zolondek v. Worldwide Flight Servs., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95711, 2006 WL 4100886 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 28, 2006)
  • Mark v. Brookdale Univ. Hosp. & Med. Ctr., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12584, 2005 WL 1521185 (E.D.N.Y. June 22, 2005)
  • Nicholls v. Brookdale Univ. Hosp. & Med. Ctr., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12582, 2005 WL 1521239 (E.D.N.Y. June 22, 2005)

Community Service

  • Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Broward County and Co-Chairperson of the Women’s Executive Council
  • Riverwalk Trust Fort Lauderdale, Board of Directors, Trustee member
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association – Board of Directors
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce – Trustee member
  • Kids in Distress – Women Auxiliary
  • Fort Lauderdale Civil Service Board 

Recognition

  • Super Lawyers
  • Rising Stars

 

  • Interview: A Job Interview with the Whole Airport Departure Lounge, The Workologist, NY Times April 20, 2016
  • Interview: Don’t Get Sued Over March Madness, Fox Business News (2013)
  • Interview: Why ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty’ Doesn’t Hold At the Office, The Business Insider (2013)
  • Interview: Why Companies Could Get in Trouble for Accessing Your Facebook Page, The Business Insider (2013)
  • Interview: Legalizing Marijuana Is A “Conflict That’s Going to Be Huge In the Workplace,” Business Insider (2012)
  • Interview: U.S. Supreme Court’s HR Docket, Human Resources Executive Online (2012)
  • Author: Employee Has Remedies if Employer Violates FMLA, WestlawNext in Practitioner Insights (2013)
  • Author: Impact of Retaliation Claims on Small Business, The Miami Herald (2012)
  • Consultant: Fox Business News, Foxnews.com, WIOD Radio
  • Interview: Bullying in the Workplace, A Look at the Miami Dolphins Scandals and What Employer’s Need To Do, WIOD Radio
  • Interview: Career Accelerator, Common Interview Questions That Are Actually Illegal, Fox Business News
  • Potential Impact on Employers of Supreme Court Decision on Defense of Marriage Act, WIOD Radio
  • Interview: Most Inappropriate Job Interview Ever? What to Do when You’re Asked Unlawful Questions, Forbes.com (2016) Speaker: Hot Topics in Employment Law, Moderator, BCBA (2016)
  • Speaker: Managing in Cyberspace: Social Media in the Workplace, HHRABC and Tower Club Lawyers Lunch (2015)
  • Speaker: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What Every Employer Needs to Know, HHRABC, (October 2014)
  • Speaker: Legal/Tax/ADA Real Estate Changes, Panel Discussion, CREW (2013)
  • Speaker: The New ADA: Your Property at Risk Panel Discussion, CREW Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach County (2011)
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