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Lori Baggett

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Overview

Lori Baggett represents companies in many aspects of labor and employment law, with a particular expertise in workplace safety and health (OSHA) issues. She is one of a handful of Florida lawyers with OSHA 30 certification. She represents clients dealing with fatal and catastrophic accidents and helps them resolve OSHA citations and whistleblower complaints. She also advises and counsels employers on workplace legal compliance issues and defends employment-related claims. Her clients represent numerous industries, including construction, propane and natural gas equipment and systems, and retail.

Lori’s experience defending companies in disputes with current or former employees includes federal and state lawsuits claiming discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to pay minimum or overtime wages, violations of the FMLA, and violations of non-compete restrictive covenants. She also represents companies in the construction industry, including large-scale national home builders, general contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers, in the areas of construction defects, contract disputes and OSHA investigation and compliance.

As a former Division I basketball player, Lori believes in the power of teamwork. Whether working with colleagues or clients, she takes a collaborative, partnership approach.

Experience

  • Represented a national propane supplier in OSHA’s investigation of a workplace catastrophe and subsequent litigation
  • Developed strategies and counseled clients through several successful settlement negotiations with OSHA, amicably resolving the citations 
  • Defended industrial gas supplier in final administrative hearing on retaliation claim under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act. 
  • Represented national home builder in defective construction claims relating to water intrusion 
  • Defended design professionals in breach of contract, negligence, and breach of warranty action in federal court.
  • Defended multiple lawsuits involving claims of misclassification of exempt employees under the FLSA, including serving as a trial attorney in a four-day jury trial in federal court. 
  • Defended national home builder in final administrative hearing on housing discrimination claim under the Florida Fair Housing Act and the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988. 
  • Defended individual officers of local union in lawsuit alleging claims of defamation, breach of the union’s bylaws, unpaid wages, and violation of the Florida Whistleblower Act.

Representative Cases

  • Razi v. Razbro Real Estate Investments, Inc., Case No. 11-9739, Dkt. 23 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 7, 2012) (obtained order granting motion to transfer venue and holding that (1) disputes involving the purchase or sale of real property are properly transferred to the federal court where the property at issue is located and (2) a party opposing a request to transfer a case to a more appropriate forum cannot defeat transfer merely by purporting to identify a litany of witnesses whose testimony is not relevant to the central issues in the case).
  • Austin v. Progressive RSC, Inc., 2008 WL 426252 (11th Cir. 2008) (employment discrimination action against property casualty insurance company; summary judgment granted in favor of defendant and affirmed on appeal).
  • Einmo v. AECOM Government Services, Inc., 2007 WL 2409816 (M.D. Fla. 2007) (obtained order dismissing amended complaint against contractor for lack of personal jurisdiction).
  • Camara v. Brinker International, 2006 WL 39185 (11th Cir. 2006) (employment discrimination action against restaurant company; summary judgment granted in favor of defendant and affirmed on appeal).
  • Van der Meulen v. Brinker International, 2005 WL 2847252 (11th Cir. 2005) (employment discrimination action against restaurant company; summary judgment granted in favor of defendant and affirmed on appeal).

Recognition

  • OSHA 30-Hour General Industry Safety Training Certification
  • OSHA 30-Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Certification
  • Listed as an “Up-and-Comer” in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2015)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite (2017-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2014 and 2016-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2010-2013 and 2015)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar 
    • Chair, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (2015)
    • Member (2012-2014) 
  • American Bar Association 
    • Forum on Construction Law 
      •  Chair, Division 6 Labor and Employment (2014-2016) 
      • Co-Chair, Annual Meeting, “A Capital View: Best Practices in Inside and Outside Construction Counseling,” Washington (2017)
    • Labor & Employment Section 
      • Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee  
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
    • Fellows Program (2013)
  • George Edgecomb Bar Association
  • Leadership Tampa, Class of 2010 
  • President, Stetson Lawyers Association Advisory Council (2009-2010)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Workplace Fatalities: Avoiding Orange as the New Black,” ABA Forum on Construction Law 2018 Annual Meeting (April 13, 2018)
  • “Heat Stress: Understanding the Industry Standards and Protecting Employees,” ABA Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee 2018 Midwinter Meeting (March 1, 2018)
  • "So your client got an OSHA Violation ... Now What? Expert advice on responding to an OSHA Violation in 2015," ABA Forum on Construction Law, Webinar (May 21, 2015)
  • "Alphabet Soup–Dealing with OSHA and Other Agencies Following Major Industrial Accidents," DRI Product Liability Conference, Las Vegas (February 6, 2015)
  • OSHA Essentials Webinar, American Bar Association (May 14, 2014)
  • "Diversity in Law Firms/In-House Counsel," Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Central Florida Diversity Symposium, Orlando, FL (May 9, 2014)
  • “Avoid Retaliation Claims and Save Your Company’s Reputation and Costs,” Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance (January 24, 2007)
  • “Why Exceptional Hiring Practices Lead to Excellent Results,” Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance First Annual Business Excellence Awards

Credentials

Education
  • Stetson University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2002)
  • University of South Alabama (B.A., summa cum laude, 1998)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • 30 Hour General Industry Safety Training Certification
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 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
Clerkships
  • Judge Charles R. Wilson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Background

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Charles R. Wilson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2002-2003)
  • Judicial Intern, The Honorable Mary S. Scriven, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Videos

In this video, Lori discuss some of the practical steps employers can take to prepare for and handle on-site inspections by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Disclaimer

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