Jacqueline Prats joined the firm in September 2015 as an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Jacqueline was a Federal Judicial Intern at the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, and served as a Summer Associate at Trenam.
- Represented companies in negligence claims, defamation claims, contract disputes, and collections matters.
- Represented employers against claims of wage-and-hour violations, trade secret misappropriation, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, in both federal and state court.
- Represented employers against charges of gender, sexual orientation, and disability discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations.
- Represented companies and individuals in prosecution and defense of non-compete and other restrictive covenant claims.
- Successfully moved class-action Fair Labor Standards Act claims against employer from court to arbitration.
- Assisted in blocking opponent’s demand for attorneys’ fees, resulting in six- to seven-figure reduction of client’s potential liability.
- Represent numerous employers in drafting and review of employment documents including employee handbooks, workplace policies, and employment agreements.
Honors and Distinctions
- Florida Trend Legal Elite, Up & Comers, 2018
- American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
- Hillsborough County Bar Association, member
- Florida Bar
- Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), Student Member
- Bay Area Legal Services (BALS)
- Kinney Karate, Martial Arts Instructor
- Family Forms Clinic for Bay Area Legal Services
- Stageworks Theatre, Community Engagement Committee
- Twenty Attorneys Named to Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” 2018
- Jacqueline Prats Discusses Supreme Court Ruling on Class Action Waivers in FSR Magazine
- DOL’s White Collar Overtime Rule Blocked Nationwide
- A Reminder on the Increase in the Minimum Wage and Best Practices on Taking Tip Credits
- Newly Implemented Changes Adding Pay Data Information to Annual EEO-1 Reports Will Increase Reporting Burden and Potential Liability for Affected Employers
- Arbitration Provisions in Employment Agreements: The Pros and Cons
- Non-Union Employers Have NLRA Risk Too
- New OSHA Rule Requires Immediate Action by All Employers
- DOL Announces Final Rule Doubling Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees
- Risky Business: Using Old Employee Release Forms May Leave You Vulnerable
- Contributing Author, 2018 Midwinter Treatise Supplement: The Fair Labor Standards Act, Forthcoming 2018.
- Author, "The Decision That Could Alter Employment Contracts for Restaurants," FSR Magazine, June 2018.
- "Hot Topics in Whistleblower Law," Speaker, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the ABA, February 2018.