Linda Bond Edwards devotes her litigation practice to the representation of employers in the private and public sectors in matters involving employment and labor issues. As a county and circuit mediator certified by the Florida Supreme Court, she also assists parties in resolving their disputes through use of the mediation process. She also arbitrates employment and commercial disputes through the American Abritration Association.
As a former corporate director of human resources, Linda brings pragmatic and real world experiences arising from the employer-employee relationship to her legal practice. With more than ten years of experience, she represents public and private employers in the diverse issues attendant to employment. Linda consults with and advises clients on employment matters including hiring, retention and termination practices. Consultation, training and education on issues such as discrimination and harassment are part of her practice. Linda routinely develops, prepares and participates in training and educational seminars for clients and others in the public and private sectors. Linda also represents clients in collective bargaining and has served as the chief negotiator for clients during the collective bargaining process.
She conducts workplace investigations into harassment and discrimination, audits clients' employment practices and provides proactive advice that helps employers avoid and/or limit liability. Linda also prepares affirmative action plans for clients and assists clients in obtaining non-immigrant visas.
An AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Linda also litigates claims arising from the employment relationship. She has represented public and private employers in judicial and administrative proceedings including those before the EEOC and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Linda has defended clients in cases asserting claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Chapter 760, Florida Statutes including those based on religion, national origin, race and gender. She has experience defending against claims brought under the FLSA (collective actions), the American with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 as well as allegations of age discrimination brought under the ADEA. She has also defended entities on public records issues.
Linda is a certified County and Circuit Court mediator in Florida. In this part of her practice, she assists parties in their attempts to reach mutually acceptable resolutions to their disputes. She has mediated matters involving personal injury claims as well as those involving warranty, foreclosures, title challenges and other consumer related issues. She does not mediate family law matters.
She is admitted to practice in all of Florida’s state courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. She is also admitted to practice before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During her legal career she has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in litigated matters throughout Florida’s state and federal courts.
Linda brings to her practice over ten years of private sector experience in the human resources arena. She is a former Director of Human Resource Development for GTE Corporation who brings her first hand knowledge of the employer’s perspective to her legal consulting and litigation practice. Outside of the courtroom, she is a frequent speaker and trainer on issues concerning the employer/employee relationship including those on the topics of sexual harassment, the American with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act as well as hiring, retention and termination practices.