Michael L. Elkins

Attorney

Office phone: 305-455-2653

melkins@bmolaw.com

Office Location: Miami

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PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Mr. Elkins has exclusively represented management throughout his legal career. He has handled employment disputes in connection with claims arising from Title VII, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disability Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. As a litigator, he has regularly appeared before state and federal courts, as well as before a variety of administrative agencies. Mr. Elkins works closely with clients to quickly resolve employee-related disputes and dispose of pending claims efficiently. His employment litigation background provides clients with additional insight when counseling on strategies to avoid litigation, and to maintain positive relations with employees. Mr. Elkins has guided employers through such complex issues as statutory compliance, employee discipline and terminations. In his practice, he also conducts training seminars for management and human resource professionals on critical topics including sexual harassment and wage and hour law. In addition, he works with employers to develop and administer human resources policies, as well as to draft and execute non-competition, confidentiality and employment agreements. Mr. Elkins also represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations and in the grievance and arbitration process. Mr. Elkins received his B.A. from University of South Florida and his J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2001, cum laude.

EDUCATION

College: University of South Florida- B.A., 1998

Law School: St. Thomas University School of Law- J.D., Cum Laude, 2001

St. Thomas Law Review, Member

BAR ADMISSIONS

The Florida Bar (2001)

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit

All Florida Courts

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Business Network Innovators, Member

Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Trustee Member

H.A.N.D.Y. Youth Mock-Trial Program, Chairperson

Broward County Humane Society, Volunteer

 

HONORS & AWARDS

Florida Super Lawyers, 2012-2015

Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, 2016

PUBLICATIONS

Amendments to the ADA and FMLA: New Legislation Equals New Policies for Employers, Compensation & Benefits Review, July/August 2009

ADA Changes Force Employers to Adjust Disable Worker Policies, Daily Business Review, Special Report: Labor & Employment, March 26, 2009

Cyber Spy: What You Don’t Know About Employees’ Computer Use Could Hurt You, Winning Bids, Winter 2008/2009

Employers Should Clearly Define Employee Job Functions, Daily Business Review, Special Report: Labor & Employment, November 25, 2008