Overview

Alicia H. Koepke is a shareholder of the firm and serves as co-leader of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group and its Hospitality Industry Team. Alicia focuses her practice on employment and business law and related litigation.  She regularly advises companies of all sizes on business and employee management issues, including protecting confidential, proprietary and trade secret information; preparing and enforcing non-disclosure, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements; preparing and implementing workplace policies and handbooks; obtaining background checks and drug testing; complying with wage-and-hour obligations; making religious, disability and other accommodations; fulfilling leave of absence obligations; avoiding and responding to complaints of unlawful conduct, such as discrimination, harassment and retaliation; implementing terminations and layoffs; and assessing other rights and responsibilities of companies, officers, directors, supervisors, employees and applicants.  In addition to advising her clients, Alicia represents clients in business and employment disputes before government agencies, in arbitration and mediation and in state and federal courts.

Representative Matters

Business Litigation

  • Prevailed at jury trial and obtained final judgment (affirmed on appeal) in favor of investor clients on claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and violation of franchise and securities statutes.
  • Prevailed at non-jury trials and obtained judgments in favor of clients on breach of contract and other business litigation claims.
  • Secured summary final judgments in favor of business clients on breach of contract and related claims.
  • Obtained dismissal (affirmed on appeal) of shareholder derivative claims against clients.

Employment Litigation

    • Prevailed at arbitration in favor of medical practice on disability discrimination and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims.
    • Secured summary final judgments in favor of business clients on discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims.
    • Prevailed on summary judgment in favor of manufacturer on misappropriation of trade secrets and related claims.
    • Obtained dismissal of misappropriation of trade secrets, conspiracy and tortious interference claims against restaurant client.
    • Secured dismissal of discrimination, failure-to-accommodate and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) claims against client.
    • Obtained dismissal of unpaid wage (tip credit) claims against country club client.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Tampa Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2018-2022
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Labor and Employment; Commercial litigation; Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, 2021-2023
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite,  2020-2022
    • Florida Legal Elite, Up & Comer, 2016-2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2010, 2013-2020
  • Business Leader, Tampa Top 50 Entrepreneurs Award, 2012
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal, Up & Comer, 2008

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Labor and Employment Law
      • Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee
  • The Florida Bar
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
      • Executive Council
      • The Florida Bar Journal Section Articles Editor, 2022-present
    • Business Law Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • The University of Tampa
    • Board of Fellows, 2015-present
    • Co-Chair of Membership & Engagement Committee, 2019-2022
    • Steering Committee, 2019-present
  • A Brighter Community, Inc.
    • Advisory Board, 2014-2019
    • Board of Directors, 2007-2014
    • Executive Committee, 2010-2012
  • The Tampa Connection
    • Board of Directors, 2021-present
    • Alumni Committee, 2012-2018
    • Executive Board of Alumni Committee, 2013-2014
    • Class of 2012
  • Leadership Tampa Bay
    • Class of 2010

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