Three FordHarrison Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year 2024 by the Best Lawyers in America

Date   Aug 17, 2023

NATIONAL - FordHarrison LLP, one of the country’s largest management-side labor and employment law firms, is proud to announce that three of the firm’s attorneys were selected as 2024 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Louis P. Britt III, Partner – Senior Status in the firm’s Memphis office, was named Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment for the Memphis area. Mark E. Levitt, Partner in the firm’s Orlando office, was named Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law – Management for the Orlando area. Michael G. Prendergast, Partner in the firm’s Jacksonville office, was named Lawyer of year for Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management for the Jacksonville area. Their honors will be published in a special edition of Best Lawyers.

Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. Best Lawyers compiles its list of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year’ have received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for the abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Louis P. Britt concentrates his practice on employment litigation and advice, representing private and public employers in a broad range of employment matters. Louis handles employment discrimination and harassment cases (Title VII, ADA, ADEA and FMLA), wage/hour matters, enforcement and defense of restrictive covenants contained in employment agreements, and employment-related torts. He is experienced in complex and class action litigation, and has tried cases in state and federal courts across the country. Louis has extensive experience in public sector representation in both litigation and collective bargaining.

Mark E. Levitt has represented management in labor and employment law matters for more than 40 years. Mark's significant experience navigating traditional labor issues makes him the ideal partner for any employer dealing with union campaigns, collective bargaining, grievance proceedings, and unfair labor practice charges before the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Labor and Employment law, Mark is also committed to providing preventive counsel to his clients with a focus on problem solving to minimize risks through effective training, policy development, and issue spotting. Also, he is a founding member of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys and has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. 

Michael G. Prendergast helps private and public sector employers avoid and defend against potential and actual legal claims in the workplace. These include advice and litigation under laws addressing employment discrimination, harassment, whistleblower and other retaliation, disability accommodations, FMLA, and wage and hour issues.  Mike also assists employers with union avoidance, union-management relations and related proceedings before the NLRB and the courts.  In addition, Mike helps clients facing OSHA inspections and proceedings, and represents government contractors on affirmative action issues, OFCCP audits, and related Department of Labor litigation. 

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