Denise Wheeler Wright

Partner / Fort Myers

Denise is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar and focuses her practice on representing employers in all types of employment law issues.

She has extensive experience in defending employers in lawsuits brought by employees in both state and federal courts involving discrimination laws, employment contracts, wage and hour claims, non-compete issues, wrongful termination, retaliation, whistle blower, employee benefits, union and collective bargaining issues, OSHA, minimum wage and overtime claims, and general personnel matters. She also counsels management in preventive measures, handbooks and policies, liability avoidance, documentation and employee discipline advice, investigations, training, and compliance with federal, state and local employment laws. Denise is the office managing partner for the firm's Fort Myers office.

Denise is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Mediator and has successfully mediated over a 100 cases with an over 90% settlement rate.  She has represented both health care providers and hospitals throughout Florida in defending claims brought by employees including harassment, discrimination, unpaid compensation, breach of contract and non-compete issues. Denise has worked extensively with clients in this industry to proactively prevent litigation by providing training, advice on discipline and drafting contracts, polices and handbooks. 

Representative Experience
  • Obtained favorable jury trial verdict in a recent non-compete case on behalf of a large physician practice.
  • Successfully represented a hospital in a multi-count complex sexual harassment, retaliation and tort claim.
  • Obtained numerous summary judgments in Florida on behalf of hospital clients including race, retaliation, whistle-blower and harassment claims.
  • Per Florida Bar rules, information on litigation and other legal successes has not been disclosed but is available upon request.
Honors & Awards
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review rated from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Selected as one of the "Nations Most Powerful Employment Attorneys 40 Up-and-Comers" by Human Resource Executive Magazine and Lawdragon (2013 - 2016)
  • Named to the "Florida Legal Elite" by Florida Trend Magazine which represents approximately 2% of active Florida Bar members practicing in Florida (2006 & 2009)
  • Selected as a "Florida Super Lawyer" (2006-2017)
  • Selected as one of the "Top 50 Female Lawyers in Florida" by Law & Politics magazine (2007, 2010-2012)
  • Named in Gulf Coast Business Review "40 Under 40" (2006)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law - Management (2010 & 2011); Civil Rights Law (2012-2018); and Commercial Litigation (2013-2018)