Suzanne A. Singer

Suzanne Singer focuses her practice primarily in the areas of employment and labor law, casualty and professional liability.

In her employment practice, Suzanne defends private and public sector employers in all aspects of Labor and Employment Law, including consultation, litigation in state and federal courts, as well as administrative proceedings before the EEOC, the State Retirement Commission and other administrative agencies. She has successfully litigated claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act including those alleging discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin and pregnancy. She has also represented employers in wage and hour violations (FLSA), wrongful termination and retaliation as well as cases brought under the Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA), the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Florida Civil Rights Act, Chapter 760. Suzanne has represented clients in public sector whistle-blower claims, public record lawsuits, worker’s compensation retaliation claims as well as state and federal constitutional claims brought under 42 U.S.C. Section 1981, 1983 and 1985. Defense of ADA accessibility claims is also included in her practice.

Suzanne has particular expertise in defending governmental and educational institutions against employment, casualty and commercial related claims. In February 2013, she was asked to serve as interim general counsel for Palm Beach State College. Suzanne continued her tenure as general counsel until permanent counsel was hired in November 2013.

Her casualty practice includes defending clients in lawsuits involving negligence, wrongful death, premise liability and other general tort claims. She also represents vertical transportation companies with general litigation liability.

Another facet of Suzanne’s practice is defending professionals in the fields of insurance, healthcare, legal and financial institutions. In the healthcare industry, she represents physicians, nurses, and physicians assistants in claims alleging medical malpractice as well as administrative proceedings. Suzanne also represents business professionals including lawyers, law firms, insurance agents, brokers and their respective institutions against allegations of negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other common law and statutory claims.

  • Education

    St. Thomas University, School of Law - J.D., with honors, 1992
    Florida International University - B.A., Psychology, 1989
  • Honors

    • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Bar Admissions

    • Florida (1992)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Courts of Florida (Middle, Southern)
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Notable Cases

    • Lissabet v. Mega Party Events  >>
    • Llana-Aday v. Miami Dade College  >>
    • Garayta v. Gathercole and Dr. Padron  >>
    • Arachy v. Broward College  >>
    • Miranda and Armas v. Schindler Elevator Co., et. al.  >>
    • Ferguson v. Burke  >>
    • Gothelf v. Harmon, Inc.  >>
    • Johnson v. Broward Community College  >>
    • West et al. v. FMS Management Systems d/b/a IHOP  >>
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Dade County Bar Association, Former, Board of Directors
    • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Former, Board of Directors
    • The Florida Bar, 11th Judicial Circuit, Grievance Committee, Former Chair
    • American Bar Association
  • Articles & Presentations

    • Co-Author, "Uber-Successful Digital Business Model May Crash If Florida Court Classifies Drivers as Employees," April 2017
    • Co-author, “Recovery of Prejudgment Interest in Negligence Actions in Florida,” April 2017
    • Co-author, “The Cost of Convenience: Understanding the Third Party Food Delivery Dilemma,” April 2017
    • Presenter, "Recent Developments in State & Federal Employment Law," "Conducting and Effective Internal Investigation” and “Creating Fair Labor Standards ACT (FLSA) Compliance Strategies That Work,”
      NBI Advanced Employment Law Seminar, February 2017
    • "Getting Ready for Changes: What You Need to Know for Fair Labor Standards Act Compliance," Presenter, Center for HR Management, November 2016
    • Co-Presenter - Social Media Evidence at Trial – What you Can’t Use Won’t Help You—24th Annual Joint DIF/SIU Conference - Fighting Insurance Fraud Though Education and Commitment, June, 2016
    • “An overview of the Law on Premise Liability,” CEU Institute Claims Examiner Seminar, February, 2014, Co-presenter
    • “Title VII-Supreme Court’s Ruling Will Likely Benefit Employers,” PGIT Newsletter, Fall 2013
    • “In The Know: What’s Going On With Nonimmigrant Work Visas,” Keynote Speaker, HR Directors for Broken Sound and other Country Clubs throughout South Florida, May, 2013
    • "Employment Issues That Impact Your Business," Keynote Speaker, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, January 2009
    • “Deposing Experts,” Schindler Elevator Law Conference, Morristown New Jersey, October, 2009, Presenter
    • "Workplace Harassment Training and Tips On Avoiding Litigation,” Keynote Speaker at FMS Management Systems Annual Meeting at Hawks Cay Resort, June 2007
    • Co-author, "Reform of Florida's Assisted Living Facilities Act," Assisted Living Living Success Magazine
    • “Will Florida’s New Law Stop a Dangerous Game? The unwilling bellwether state for the nursing home liability crisis has tried to put on the brakes,” Nursing Homes Long Term Care Management, Author
 
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