Kelly-Ann Cartwright

Attorney at Holland & Knight LLP

Kelly-Ann Cartwright

Kelly-Ann Cartwright

Attorney at Holland & Knight LLP

Biography

Kelly-Ann Gibbs Cartwright is a seasoned labor and employment attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office. Her practice involves representation of clients before federal, state and local administrative agencies, at arbitration and in state and federal court on matters arising out of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the federal and Florida Whistleblower Acts, and other federal, state and local anti-discrimination and employment-related statutes. In addition, Ms. Cartwright handles trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation that includes litigating preliminary injunctions in state and federal court.

Ms. Cartwright has served as principal trial counsel for management in a number of jury trials, labor and employment arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. She has successfully defended management and corporate clients in collective and class action employment cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. She is the co-author of an article on class action communications.

In addition, Ms. Cartwright provides advice and counsel on all aspects of the employment relationship, including employment contracts, restrictive covenants agreements, severance agreements, employee handbooks and policies, and compliance with employment and labor laws. Her practice includes conducting audits and training in a number of employment areas, including anti-harassment and discrimination policies. Ms. Cartwright also assists clients in effectively navigating leave policies, protecting company assets from employee defections, conducting internal investigations, and implementing and managing reductions in force. She has experience representing clients in a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, transportation, hospitality, technology, financial institutions, education and healthcare.

Ms. Cartwright received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1991. She currently serves as chair of Holland & Knight's Directors Committee and served as the Executive Partner of the Miami office for 12 years. Ms. Cartwright is a member of the firm's Diversity Council and has served as chair of the Miami office Women's Initiative. She is on the board of the YWCA of South Florida and the board of trustees of the University of Florida Law Center Association.

Representative Engagements

* Obtained complete jury verdict in federal court case involving allegations of religious discrimination and failure to accommodate
* Obtained dismissal of class action case under the Fair Credit Reporting Act on the grounds that the named plaintiff did not have the requisite standing to proceed with the case
* Represented corporate client in nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective action alleging that employees were misclassified as independent contractors; consolidated cases into a single action with more than 800 opt-in plaintiffs and obtained collective action decertification and denial of class action certification under Rule 23, leading to the favorable resolution of the case with the five named plaintiffs
* Obtained jury verdicts in state and federal court on actions alleging national origin discrimination, gender discrimination, race discrimination, retaliation and defamation
* Granted summary judgments in favor of transportation client on disability discrimination, race discrimination and retaliation claims by former employees
* Secured dismissal of class action wage-and-hour cases for hospitality client following the filing of a motion to dismiss
* Secured arbitration awards in labor cases for transportation client arising out of claims of violation of the collective bargaining agreement

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Kelly-Ann Cartwright
Attorney at Holland & Knight LLP
Education
J.D., with Honors
Class of 1991

The mission of the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law is to achieve excellence in educating professionals, advancing legal scholarship, serving the public, and fostering justice. We aspire to prepare lawyers to serve their clients, the justice system, and the public with a high level of accomplishment and a commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession. We strive to provide students with a well-rounded legal education. Our curriculum is designed to teach students about the law and to help them develop the skills necessary to use that knowledge in practice. Our goal is for our graduates to possess the core competencies essential to embark on the practice of law.

B.S.B.A. in Finance, with High Honors

The University of Florida (commonly referred to as Florida or UF) is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university located on a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) campus in Gainesville, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida and traces its historical origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since September 1906. The University of Florida is ranked 14th overall among all public national universities in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings, and has ranked within the top 100 universities worldwide. The University of Florida was also described as a "Public Ivy" in the book The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities.

Memberships
Member

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.

Member

The Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) is a local voluntary bar association with approximately 4,500 members. The association was founded in the early 1900's and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1920.

Member, Labor and Employment Section

The Florida Bar is the integrated bar association for the state of Florida. It is the third largest such bar association in the United States. Its duties include the regulation and discipline of attorneys. As elsewhere in the United States, persons seeking admission to the bar must pass a moral character screening, in this case administered by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Admission to the bar includes passing a background investigation, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, and the bar exam, which tests both the common law through the Multistate Bar Examination and Florida law through written state essays and state-specific multiple-choice questions. The Florida Bar is home of one of the nation's premier board certification programs. Over 5,000 members of the bar are certified in one or more of 24 legal specialty areas including civil trial, business litigation, labor and employment, and marital and family law. Board certified attorneys must submit to a rigorous peer review process, prove substantial involvement and education in the specialty field, and pass a written examination. The Florida Bar's headquarters building and annex are located in Tallahassee, three blocks from the Florida State Capitol.

Career History
Vice President-Development
Tenure Unconfirmed

YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. operates as a non-profit organization that eliminates racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. It offers programs and services such as early learning programs, economic development, family wellness, and youth programs. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Miami, FL.

Attorney
Current

Holland & Knight LLP provides legal services. The company offers four practice sections: litigation, government, business and real estate. It has locations in Atlanta, Bethesda, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Los Angeles and Tallahassee. The company was founded in 1968 and is located in Miami, FL.

Boards & Committees
Member, Directors Committee
Current

Holland & Knight LLP provides legal services. The company offers four practice sections: litigation, government, business and real estate. It has locations in Atlanta, Bethesda, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Los Angeles and Tallahassee. The company was founded in 1968 and is located in Miami, FL.

Vice President of Development, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed

YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. operates as a non-profit organization that eliminates racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. It offers programs and services such as early learning programs, economic development, family wellness, and youth programs. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Miami, FL.

Political Donations
$50
2017

The Center for Effective Government was founded as OMB Watch in 1983, with the main focus of shining a light on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organization changed it name in January 2013 to reflect its expanded work and new focus: an effective government that reflects the needs and priorities of the American people, as defined by an informed, engaged citizenry.

$50
2017

The Center for Effective Government was founded as OMB Watch in 1983, with the main focus of shining a light on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organization changed it name in January 2013 to reflect its expanded work and new focus: an effective government that reflects the needs and priorities of the American people, as defined by an informed, engaged citizenry.

$50
2017

The Center for Effective Government was founded as OMB Watch in 1983, with the main focus of shining a light on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organization changed it name in January 2013 to reflect its expanded work and new focus: an effective government that reflects the needs and priorities of the American people, as defined by an informed, engaged citizenry.

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