FordHarrison Announces New Executive Committee Member and Office Managing Partners

Date   Mar 11, 2019

FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce that Todd S. Aidman has been elected to the firm’s Executive Committee, the firm’s highest governing body, David M. Gobeo has been named office managing partner of the firm’s West Palm Beach office, and Louis D. Wilson has been named office managing partner of the firm’s Melbourne office.

Todd Aidman devotes his practice to working with companies on a broad range of labor and employment matters. He 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. Todd 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 provides around-the-clock, proactive, and common sense counseling and guidance to employers on every aspect of the employer-employee relationship including litigation and union avoidance. As a highly acclaimed and nationally recognized speaker and trainer, Todd regularly provides high-intensity, interactive seminars and classes for in-house counsel, human resource professionals and management and was a two-term chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Hillsborough County Bar. He is the co-chair of the firm's Restaurant Practice Group, and serves on the EPLI and Management Committees.

David Gobeo routinely handles lawsuits involving non-compete, non-solicitation, and trade secret matters, and counsels businesses on protecting their confidential information from issues surrounding employee defection.  In addition, David litigates overtime wage claims, including class and collective actions, under the Fair Labor Standards Act. David also handles claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Florida Civil Rights Act. David defends clients against charges of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and various local agencies. David also advises clients on the use of employment policies and procedures to reduce litigation risk. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

Louis Wilson regularly assists employers on a wide range of matters, from providing advice and guidance on day-to-day labor and employment law issues to representation in complex employment litigation matters. Louis has extensive experience assisting organizations with drafting employment contracts and non-compete agreements, developing personnel policies and practices, conducting workplace trainings and investigations, and carrying out separations and reductions-in-force.  Louis also regularly represents employers in federal and state court and before administrative agencies, with a particular focus in breach of contract, discrimination, FMLA, wage/hour and whistleblower matters.  Additionally, Louis has a broad range of experience representing management in traditional labor matters, including providing legal advice in connection with union organizing campaigns and representation in labor arbitration and unfair labor practice charge proceedings. He is actively involved and serves as Legislative Chair for two local SHRM chapters (South Brevard SHRM and Treasure Coast HRA) and is on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Brevard.  Louis is also a member of the firm's Global Legal Services practice group (having lived in London, England for a number of years), as well as its Healthcare and Restaurant practice groups.