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Luis Santos focuses his practice on the representation of employers in matters related to labor and employment law including cases involving allegations of age, race, national origin, disability, sex discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, retaliation, FMLA, fraud, defamation, negligent supervision and retention and breach of contract. 

Luis also defends employers in wage and hour disputes and often provides compliance training to management, as well as representation during DOL investigations and litigation.  Prior to attending law school, Luis worked for many years in hospitality management.  That experience helps him understand the needs and challenges companies face. 

During law school, Luis was an American Bar Association Merit Scholarship recipient.  He was also a Moot Court board member and a member of the Diversity Committee.  While on Moot Court, Luis participated in the Seventh Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot, winning the Best Respondent Memorandum and receiving an Honorable Mention for Best Oral Advocate.   He also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Covington-Hernandez, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  In addition, Luis served as the Secretary for Stetson University's Hispanic Bar Association, Vice-President of the Part-Time Student Society, and a member of Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. 

Luis is fluent reading and writing in Spanish.  Luis uses his bilingual skills to train and educate management and staff in their native language. 

Representative Experience
  • Successfully defended assisted living facility during DOL wage and hour investigation. 
  • Obtained dismissal of sexual harassment and retaliation claims against national hospitality group. 
  • Successfully defended Eleventh Circuit appeal of summary judgment granted in two separate race discrimination cases against national retailers.
  • Defended FLSA collective action against a transportation company.  
  • Defended assisted living facility in wage and hour lawsuit filed by the Department of Labor.
  • Handled multiple APA administrative hearings of pension forfeitures for public employees. 
  • Conducted English and Spanish anti-harassment training for restaurants and citrus growers.  
  • Advised national healthcare client on the legal issues related to unionization and/or efforts to organize its employees.
  • Conducted company-wide I-9 Audit to assure compliance with federal regulations.
  • Successfully defended national employer on FMLA retaliation case.
  • Successfully represented clients before the EEOC and state and local human rights commissions in multiple charges of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including on-site investigations.
  • Represented national hospitality client in local human rights commission administrative hearing.
  • Per Florida Bar rules, information on litigation and other legal successes has not been disclosed but is available upon request.
Languages
  • Spanish (fluent)