Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Ed McKenna’s practice primarily involves litigation, including Federal Rule 23 class actions, and advising employers how to avoid litigation. He has represented private/public employers in a variety of employment lawsuits -- including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, wrongful discharge, whistle blowing, and defamation -- before agencies and in state and federal courts. He has been involved in numerous employment class and collective action cases, including significant decisions involving the denial of class certification. He is also experienced with union issues, including unfair labor practices and arbitration of collective bargaining grievances. Recently, Ed represented former Florida Governor John Ellis "Jeb" Bush in a lawsuit brought by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).As a Board Certified Specialist in the Area of Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar, Ed frequently speaks to attorneys, human resource professionals, supervisors, and senior management on various labor and employment topics. He also assists management teams with litigation prevention training in all facets of employment law, including hiring, discipline, termination, and harassment prevention.Ed is a Wage & Hour Chapter Editor for The Florida Bar’s Small Business Manual and Chapter Editor for the “Restoration to the Same or Equivalent Position” chapter of the American Bar Association’s treatise The Family and Medical Leave Act. He was also recognized by The Best Lawyers in America (called “The most respected list of attorneys in practice” by The American Lawyer) and by Florida Trend Magazine as one of “Florida’s Legal Elite.” He is also AV Preeminent peer reviewed rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in every issue of Florida Super Lawyers published to date. He is also a member of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American Bar. Membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.He is also both a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator and mediates exclusively in labor and employment matters.