Three FordHarrison Attorneys Named 2017 ‘Florida Legal Elite' by Florida Trend Magazine

Date   Jun 22, 2017

FLORIDA – FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is pleased to announce three of the firm's Florida-based attorneys have been named to the "Florida Legal Elite 2017" list by Florida Trend magazine. Todd S. Aidman, Edward B. Carlstedt, and Bari L. Goldstein were recognized. Florida Legal Elite is now in its 14th year.

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 1.5% 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. 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 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.

Bari Goldstein focuses her practice in preventative labor and employment defense work and represents and counsels private, not-for-profit and public sector employers on varied regulatory, administrative and litigation issues that affect all aspects of the employment relationship. She advises employers on personnel issues, wage and hour matters and employee relations; conducts on-site audits and investigations; drafts Handbooks and human resources policies and procedures; and, presents workshops on varied employment subjects. Bari is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), as well as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is also a qualified EEO investigator. Bari received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 1998.