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Cathleen Bell Bremmer

Cathleen Bell Bremmer

Of Counsel

Overview

Katy Bremmer is a senior member of the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group. Katy drafts employment agreements and policies and advises on all manner of employment-related issues, such as hiring, discipline, investigations, accommodations, leave and termination. She is also an accomplished trial lawyer whose practice includes state, federal, and class action litigation. Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Florida Bar, the primary focus of her practice is management side defense, representing employers in various aspects of labor and employment litigation. This representation includes defending equal employment, whistleblower, and retaliation lawsuits filed in federal and state court. Katy believes in conducting thorough investigations and providing a proactive defense, enabling her clients to effectively evaluate and efficiently manage cases through the life of the litigation.

She also represents employers in proceedings before federal and state equal employment opportunity agencies and employers, benefit plans and fiduciaries in benefit plan litigation. Additionally, she provides general advice and counsel regarding a wide variety of human resources issues, and conducts internal investigations for clients.

Katy has extensive experience with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Railway Labor Act, Title VII, ERISA, and COBRA. She has also been involved in state court employment contract, retaliation and federal and state whistleblower matters, as well as Section 1983 civil rights litigation. In addition to her employment law practice, Katy provides discovery practice and defense support to the firm’s litigation and national class action practice groups in both state and federal court complex civil litigation matters.

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Experience

  • United States v. HPC Healthcare, Inc., No. 16-16670, ___ F. App’x ____, 2018 WL 526039 (11th Cir. Jan. 24, 2018).  The federal Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal with prejudice of a qui tam action brought against our client for the alleged fraudulent submission of medical billing to Medicare and Medicaid.  The Eleventh Circuit agreed that the plaintiff had failed to plead detailed allegations sufficient to satisfy the applicable standards under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b).
  • Handles all facets of employer defense of individual and class action EEO litigation in federal and state court, including claims of race, sex, pregnancy, age, national origin, and disability discrimination; the investigation and defense of sexual harassment claims; and the defense of unlawful retaliation claims based on the filing of an equal employment complaint.
  • Represents employers, health and disability plans, and fiduciaries in benefits litigation under ERISA.
  • Drafts employment agreements and participates in the drafting and negotiating of employee benefit and COBRA provisions in stock and asset purchase agreements.
  • Represents employers sued over employment contracts and whistleblower matters, as well as Section 1983 civil rights litigation.
  • Generally advises clients on discharge decisions and other employment actions, advises on employment policies and procedures, and conducts internal investigations.

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Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Labor and Employment Law
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite issue, Labor and Employment (2005) 
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2010-2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Management (2016-2019)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar 
    • Labor and Employment Certification Committee (2012-present) 
    • Chair (2015-2016) 
    • Vice-Chair (2014-2015) 
  • American Bar Association 
    • Labor and Employment Section
    • Employee Benefits Committee
    • Section of Litigation
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association 
    • Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Section
  • University of West Florida Alumni Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Latest Updates in Employment Law "Operating Systems" After the First 40 Days,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2017)
  • "The Potential Impact Of a Trump Presidency on Employers," Carlton Fields Webinar (December, 2016).
  • "Wage and Hour Workshop," Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL (October 25, 2016)
  • “Easing Cyber Growing Pains: Defining and Mitigating the Threat of Data Loss at Second Stage Companies,” presentation to GrowFL, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (April 25, 2016)
  • “Labor and Employment Law Jeopardy - New Workplace Challenges that Can Put Your Company at Risk,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2016)
  • "Significant Wage/Hour and NLRB Updates," General Counsel Forum, Orlando, Florida (November 13, 2015)
  • “Don’t Let The COBRA Strike: ERISA and COBRA Issues to Be Aware of in M&A Transactions,” Carlton Fields Business Transactions Group (July 21, 2015)
  • “False Claims Act/Qui Tam Investigations and Retaliation,” Hillsborough County Bar Association Health Care Law Section (April 2015)
  • “Managing Employees in an Increasingly Litigious and Regulated Climate,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2015)
  • “HR Issues To Be Wary of and Steps to Mitigate Risks,”CEO Forum (December 2014)
  • “Catching Them Coming and Going: Understanding Laws Related to Legal Employment.” National Association For Legal Career Professionals (NALP), 2013 Annual Education Conference and Resource Education Exhibit, Tampa, FL (April 25, 2013)
  • “PEDS’s, IM’s and Twitters, Oh My... Legal Issues Involving the Use of Personal Electronic Devices and Social Media in the Workplace,” Emerging Legal Issues For Employment Lawyers and Corporate Counsel seminar, Tampa, FL (March 22, 2011)
  • “Attorney-Client Issues for In-House Counsel: Special Issues in the Employment Law Context,” Tampa, FL (October 13, 2010)
  • “ESI Discovery Update: State and Federal Law Trends,” Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, Chicago (August 24, 2010)
  • “ESI Discovery Update: State and Federal Law Trends,” Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program, Dallas (March 23, 2010)

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1989)
  • University of West Florida (B.A., summa cum laude, 1986)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Labor & Employment Law
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

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