Two Florida-Based FordHarrison Attorneys Elected into Leadership Positions with The Florida Bar's Labor & Employment Law Section

Date   Jul 15, 2013

FordHarrison LLP is pleased to announce that two of its Florida-based attorneys have been elected to leadership positions with The Florida Bar's Labor & Employment Law Section.

Shane T. Muñoz, a Tampa-based attorney, was elected as Chair-Elect of the Section, and Zascha Blanco Abbott, a Miami-based attorney, was elected as Co-Chair of the Publications Subcommittee as well as Co-Editor of the Labor and Employment Law Section's newsletter, and monthly legal alerts.

Muñoz was previously elected as the Section's Secretary/Treasurer, served as Continuing Legal Education Director, responsible for the Section's seminars and webinars, and served three years as the Editor of the Section's quarterly newsletter, the Checkoff.  He has also served as a member of the Section's Executive Council for several years.

"I am honored to be the Chair-Elect for The Florida Bar's Labor & Employment Law Section," Muñoz commented. "I look forward to serving in this capacity, as well as in my other roles."

Abbott has served as Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Section's Judicial Outreach Subcommittee since 2008.  Abbott previously served as the Co-Chair for The Florida Bar's Advanced Labor Topics 2011 Seminar and the 2009 A+ Seminar: Accommodation, Access and Affirmative Action Seminar

"I am delighted  to continue contributing to the Labor and Employment Law Section in new ways," Abbott stated.

Muñoz is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as an expert in labor and employment law. He has an active civil trial and client counseling practice in labor and employment law. Throughout his 24-year career, Muñoz has successfully represented business organizations in a wide range of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination, whistleblower, harassment, restrictive covenants, wage and hour, and other complex litigation. In addition, he is frequently retained to represent clients in federal, state and local investigations. Muñoz also has wide-ranging experience in representing clients in internal investigations involving alleged harassment, disparate treatment and other employee misconduct. He has substantial experience in helping clients develop and implement employment policies and procedures designed to foster positive employee relations and to minimize legal risks. Muñoz received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1989.

Abbott focuses her practice on the representation of public and private employers in labor and employment disputes. She has represented employers in a variety of employment matters, such as claims of discrimination, hostile work environment,  constitutional violations, retaliation, and wage and hour cases. Abbott also provides proactive employment advice to clients including policy development and employee handbook reviews. Her labor relations experience includes engaging in collective bargaining negotiations, preparing collective bargaining proposals, and preparing collective bargaining agreements as well as providing employers with guidance on labor issues. Abbott received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University in 2001.

About The Florida Bar  – Labor & Employment Law Section
The mission of The Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Law Section is to serve and support its members and others by providing education, leadership and networking opportunities and promoting professionalism. The Section pursues these goals through offering quality CLE and educational programs for attorneys with an interest in the practice of labor and employment law in Florida.