Five FordHarrison Partners Named ‘Florida Legal Elite' By Florida Trend Magazine

Date   Jul 18, 2013

FordHarrison LLP is pleased to announce that five of the firm's Florida-based partners have been named to the "2013 Florida Legal Elite" list by Florida Trend magazine. Todd S. Aidman, Ed B. Carlstedt, Andy S. Hament, Tracey K. Jaensch and Tammie L. Rattray were recognized.

The selection process was rigorous.  It began with notifying and inviting members of the Florida Bar to name attorneys they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. The ballots were processed, checked and tabulated and the list of top vote-getters was further examined using membership status and practice histories provided by The Florida Bar. This year's list of Legal Elite attorneys represent the top 2% of attorneys in the state of Florida.

Todd Aidman is experienced in complex and class action litigation and regularly practices in the trial and appellate levels of federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the EEOC and DOL. He defends companies in a broad range of employment and labor disputes, including cases involving allegations of age, race, national origin, disability, sex discrimination, sexual and racial harassment, retaliation, fraud, defamation, negligent supervision and retention and breach of contract. He also handles claims involving the FLSA, FMLA, ERISA, the WARN Act, employee handbooks, drug testing, misappropriation of trade secrets, and noncompetition agreements.  Todd is nationally known for handling Title III ADA cases as well as collective action brought under the FLSA. He received his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in 1999.

Ed Carlstedt's practice focuses on trade secret, non-compete and restrictive covenant disputes as well as representing management in employment law matters, including defending employers against harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims. Ed has extensive experience in matters involving trade secret, non-compete and restrictive covenant related issues, and has handled dozens of evidentiary hearings in federal and state courts in connection with such disputes.  He has also defended employers in discrimination, harassment, medical leave, wage and hour and other complex litigation matters in state court, federal court, and arbitration proceedings. Ed received his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, in 1997.

Andy Hament represents management in all areas of employment and labor law. He is certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Labor and Employment Law. He defends employers in all kinds of employment and labor related litigation and has successfully argued numerous appeals, including a precedent setting case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He regularly advises private and public sector employers in discipline and discharge, reductions-in–force, collective bargaining, union grievance/arbitrations, discrimination issues, sexual harassment investigations, executive employment and severance agreements, trade secret and non-compete issues, drug abuse and drug testing, the Family and Medical Leave Act and violence in the workplace. Andy received his J.D. from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1981.

Tracey Jaensch's practice focuses on defending employers in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and contract dispute litigation.  She represents companies in a variety of industries, including health care, corrections, banking, hospitality and retail. Tracey's specialty is complex litigation and trial work.  She has successfully tried numerous cases for clients and been lead defense attorney in multi-plaintiff discrimination lawsuits in Florida.  Tracey also has significant experience in executive level employment contract disputes, trade secret and whistle-blower suits. Tracey received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in 1991.

Tammie Rattray's practice includes union avoidance, union organizing campaigns, contract negotiations, alleged unfair labor practices, wage and hour claims, and all aspects of EEO claims, including alleged harassment, discrimination and retaliation cases.  Tammie has successfully litigated claims, to include jury trials, in both state and federal court, and she has also successfully defended employers in arbitrations and administrative proceedings before the NLRB, EEOC and other state and federal agencies. Tammie received her J.D. from University of Florida College of Law, with honors, in 1997.