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University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A.
Magna cum laude, 1972 Phi Beta Kappa
All Florida State Courts
Supreme Courts of Illinois and Missouri
U.S. District Court - Middle, Southern & Northern Districts of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals - 3rd, 7th & 11th Circuits
The Florida Bar
Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law
Labor & Employment Law Section
American Bar Association
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Academy of Florida Management Attorneys, Board Member since 2011
Society for Human Resource Management
Florida Public Employers Labor Relations Association
Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Chair Quarterly HR Forum
Listed among Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers by Tampa Bay Magazine
Selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a "Top Rated Lawyer" who practices Labor & Employment Law
Florida Super Lawyer - one of the top five percent of lawyers in the state - 2007-2015
Florida Legal Elite - 2010, 2013
Best Lawyers In America for Labor and Employment Law 2009-2015
Former Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, So. District of Illinois
Former Trial Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, St. Louis, Missouri
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rating
Board Certified, Labor & Employment
Ms. McEnery represents a wide range of private, public and non-profit employers in labor, employment discrimination, minimum wage/overtime, employment contract, and whistleblower claims. Following graduation from law school, Ms. McEnery was a law clerk to Judge James L. Foreman, formerly Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Thereafter, she served as a Field Attorney and Acting Supervisor for the National Labor Relations Board, St. Louis Region.
Since 1980, Ms. McEnery represents businesses, hospitals, medical practices, restaurants, hotels, wagering facilities, manufacturers, financial institutions, government contractors, municipalities, landscape contractors, insurance companies, independent insurance agencies, and educational institutions in the defense of employment and labor relations matters. Her experience includes defending discrimination and wrongful discharge claims through jury trial; defending class actions; representing employers before the NLRB, the EEOC, and in Department of Labor and DHS and DOJ audits; advising employers on union-related issues; representing employers in arbitration and collective bargaining; handling affirmative action issues, drafting AAPs and representing employers in OFCCP reviews; developing drug-testing and other policies; advising employers about new legislation (such as WARN, the ADA Amendments, the Family and Medical Leave Act and GINA); preparing employee handbooks and counseling and litigating confidentiality and non-compete agreements.
Also, a significant segment of Ms. McEnery’s practice focuses on defending places of public accommodation against ADA Title III accessibility lawsuits and defending lending institutions against fair lending discrimination claims. In addition, Ms. McEnery has extensive experience counseling employers regarding reductions in force, severance issues and compliance with plant closing laws. For example, she successfully litigated one of the first W.A.R.N. Act cases, through an appeal to the Third Circuit.
Advocating education and a proactive approach to guard against labor and employment claims, Ms. McEnery has been a featured speaker at seminars given by numerous organizations, including the Florida Public Employers Labor Relations Association, the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys, the Corporate Counsel Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Florida Association of Blood Banks, the Printing Association of Florida, the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Business Law, HR Tampa, HR Florida, the Society for Human Resource Management, the EEOC, Stetson University Law School, Lorman Education, Sterling Education Services, Inc., the Florida Labor Management Conference and the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Ms. McEnery also provides interactive training for firm clients on such topics as preventing harassment and discrimination claims and complying with wage and hour laws.
Ms. McEnery has authored or co-authored many works on a wide variety of topics, including violence in the workplace, employee background checks, strikes, age discrimination, negotiating attorneys’ fees in FLSA cases, wage and hour updates, and employment testing and privacy.