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Jody M. Florence

Jody M. Florence

Of Counsel
Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Phone:
702-625-4266
800-231-4094 (Toll Free)
Fax:
702-259-8646
Email:

After beginning her legal practice as a litigator in Baltimore, Maryland, Jody Florence joined KZA in 1998 and became a partner in 2003.  As of September 1, 2014, she serves in an of counsel capacity for the firm. Jody exclusively represents and advises employers in labor and employment matters. In addition to assisting clients with preventative measures such as employee and supervisor training and the development of internal policies, Jody focuses upon defending employers against claims of discrimination and other unlawful treatment before Nevada's state and federal courts, as well as its administrative agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, and the Nevada Labor Commissioner. Jody has guided hotel/casino, call center, construction, and medical employers of all sizes through layoffs and wage reductions, executive hiring and termination issues, salary classification audits, internal investigations, ADA and FMLA issues, management of litigating employees, and the development, implementation, and management of sensitive employment policies such as appearance, drug and alcohol, and English-only policies. Additionally, she has considerable experience representing private and public employers in complex labor arbitrations over management's just cause termination decisions.

In 2006, Jody secured an important victory before the Nevada Supreme Court in the case of Michael Thomas and John Armstrong v. City of North Las Vegas which preserves arbitration as an effective and final method for dispute resolution in Nevada and other states. Jody has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2010.  She was selected by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Lawyer of the Year in the field of Litigation - Labor and Employment for Las Vegas and as the 2012 Lawyer of the Year in the field of Employment Law - Management for Las Vegas.  She has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the 2010-2016 editions of Mountain States Super Lawyers and as a Rising Star in the 2008 edition of that publication.

Jody served as a Director of the Clark County Bar Association from 2003 through 2004 and Co-Chair and Chair of the Community Service Committee of the Clark County Bar Association from 2001 through 2002.

At the Ohio State University, where Jody graduated with distinction in Criminal Justice, she received the 1991-1992 Outstanding Undergraduate Sociology Major Award. Jody then attended the University of Baltimore School of Law where she was a member and Managing Editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law – Employer
  • Labor Law

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1999

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 1995
    • Law Review: University of Baltimore Law Review, Managing Editor & Member
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Onio
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1992

Published Works

  • "The Three-Headed Monster - ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensations," (Co-Author), Kamer & Zucker Labor & Employment Seminar, 2000
  • "When 'You Have Mail' Turns Into 'You Have a Lawsuit,'" (Co-Author), Communique, December, 1998
  • "Employees' Section 7 Rights - The Rest of the Story," (Co-Author), Nevada Labor Letter, Vol. VI, No.9, Septemeber, 1998
  • "Nevada Update, Keeping Disputes Out of Court and Raising Employee Morale: Strategic Use of Peer Review Panels, Mediation, and Arbitrations," (Co-Author), Personnel Law Update Conference, Council on Education Management, October, 1998
  • "Nevada Update, From Mental Disabilities to Managed Diseases - Measuring The Impact of Invisible Disabilities In The Workplace," (Co-Author), Personnel Law Update Conference, Council on Education Management, October, 1998
  • "Hot Topics in the New Union Movement," (Co-Author), Kamer & Zucker Labor & Employment Seminar, 1998
  • Desert Palace, Inc. v. Costa, The Job Description, DRI Winter, 2004
  • Ever-Evolving Claim of Sexual Harassment, Communique, March, 2007
  • When You Have Mail Turns Into You Have A Lawsuit, Communique, December, 1988
  • It Is Time For Nevada Employers to Re-Examine Drug Testing in Order to Maximize Benefits & Minimize Liability, Nevada Practitioners' Journal of Labor & Employment Law, May 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers®, 2010 - 2019
  • Best Lawyers® 2017 Lawyer of the Year - Litigation - Labor and Employment - Las Vegas
  • Best Lawyers® 2012 Lawyer of the Year - Employment Law - Management - Las Vegas
  • Super Lawyer, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2016
  • AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Nevada Bar Association, Member
  • Clark County Bar Association, Director, 2003 - 2004
  • Clark County Bar Association, Community Service Committee, Co-Chair & Chair, 2001 - 2002