"We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization."
The firm’s principal attorney, Keith M. Stern, first discovered his passion for labor & employment law as an undergraduate student at Arizona State University, where he studied the civil rights movement, human resources issues, and business, completing in his Honor’s Thesis entitled “Improving the Performance Approval Process: A Multirater Assessment Approach.”
Next, at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida, Mr. Stern focused his studies on the field of labor & employment law and began working as a law clerk at T.H. Buscaglia and Associates, a boutique Plaintiff’s-side employment law firm. During his time at the University of Miami, Mr. Stern served as Vice President of the Labor and Employment Law Society and as an Articles and as Comments Editor for the Entertainment and Sports Law Review.
In order expand his knowledge and experience, in 1999, Mr. Stern began working as a law clerk at Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national law firm specializing in the representation of management in labor and employment defense matters. Subsequently, Mr. Stern served as an intern at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), received the Dean’s Certificate of Achievement in Employee Benefits Law, and earned high honors in UM Law’s Litigation Skills Program.
Upon graduation from law school in 2000, Mr. Stern spent one year as an Associate Attorney at the management-defense firm Allen Norton, & Blue, P.A., before deciding to open his own employment law practice in Miami, where Mr. Stern worked as a sole practitioner specializing in both counseling and litigation between late 2001 and early 2004. In mid-2004, Mr. Stern joined the Shavitz Law Group, P.A. in Boca Raton, where over the next decade, he litigated complex individual and collective actions for unpaid overtime and minimum wages on behalf of thousands of employees in federal courts throughout Florida and across the United States.
Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Stern has worked to help recover more than $50 Million Dollars on behalf of thousands of employees across the United States in cases ranging from minimum wage and unpaid overtime violations to employment discrimination and benefit disputes.
In addition, Mr. Stern has also been admitted Pro Hac Vice in various federal courts across the country including, for example, the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Western District of New York, District of New Jersey, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Southern District of Ohio, and the Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee. Further, Mr. Stern has been consistently recognized for his work on the list of Rising Stars by Florida Super Lawyers® and is rated AV Preeminent® in Labor and Employment, General Practice, and Employee Benefits by his peers in the Martindale-Hubbell® Lawyer Ratings.
In deciding to return to his own practice in early 2015, Mr. Stern has renewed his commitment to vindicating workers’ rights in all aspects of their employment while also counseling and defending employers who are committed to fair treatment and good faith business practices. Through personalized service an unmatched attention to detail, Mr. Stern continues to enjoy representing the interests of a diverse group of individuals and businesses.
To this end, Mr. Stern’s areas of specialization focus on: employment discrimination, including disparate treatment, hostile work environment, retaliation, and whistleblower claims; unpaid minimum and overtime wage claims arising from: overdue final paychecks, improper meal break deductions, off-the-clock & shorted hours violations, misclassified employees paid on a salaried basis; commission-based employees; tip credit and tip pooling violations; mislabeled “independent contractor” schemes; FMLA, ERISA, COBRA, and other employee benefits disputes; non-compete, trade secret, and severance issues; unemployment appeals; and management counseling, audits, and defense.
Florida (2000); U.S. District Court, Southern Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; and U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.