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Education
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1997, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Moot Court
  • Binghamton University, B.A., 1992, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 2003
  • Louisiana, 1997
Court Admissions
  • 5th Cir., 1997
  • 11th Cir., 2005
  • E.D. Ark., 2000
  • W.D. Ark., 2000
  • D. Colo., 2001
  • M.D. Fla., 2005
  • N.D. Fla., 2006
  • S.D. Fla., 2004
  • E.D. La., 1997
  • M.D. La., 1997
  • W.D. La., 1997
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Laurie Riley
Partner
Miami Center, Suite 2600
201 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131-4341
305.679.5728 tel
305.679.5710 fax

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Laurie Riley defends employers in civil rights and other employment-related litigation, including litigation under federal laws, such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and their state law counterparts. She has also represented employers in class action cases involving allegations of institutional discrimination in terms of promotion, discipline, compensation, and termination. Ms. Riley also represents employers involved in administrative proceedings before the EEOC and state agencies.

Ms. Riley devotes a significant part of her practice to counseling employers on the development and implementation of policies and practices to minimize exposure to litigation, advising and defending employers in non-competition issues, and training management-level employees on various aspects of labor and employment law. Ms. Riley frequently speaks at seminars designed for human resource professionals and attorneys concerning these and other aspects of labor and employment law.

Ms. Riley also assists employers with obtaining temporary visas for foreign employees and providing employers with general immigration advice, such as I-9 compliance and national origin discrimination.

In addition, she currently serves as office head for the firm's Miami office.

Noteworthy

  • Named a BTI Client Service All-Star 2016

Representative Matters

  • A defense judgment in a federal jury trial in Chicago, Illinois, on behalf of a national automotive retailer and several individual defendants. The plaintiff claimed employment harassment and discrimination based on national origin and religion, among other claims.
  • A judgment in a lawsuit to enforce a non-competition agreement brought in Louisiana State Court, Plaquemines Parish, on behalf of an engineering services firm.
  • A defense verdict in an age discrimination and workers’ compensation retaliation case tried before a federal jury in Evansville, Indiana, on behalf of a national automotive retailer.
  • A defense verdict in a disability and retaliation case tried by a jury in federal court in Kansas City, Missouri, on behalf of a national automotive retailer.
  • A defense verdict in a hostile work environment and retaliation case tried by a jury in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, on behalf of a national automotive retailer.
  • Advised government contractor on policies and procedures regarding downsizing and FLSA compliance.
  • A defense verdict in a national origin and religion discrimination and retaliation case tried by jury in federal court in Chicago, Illinois, on behalf of a national automotive retailer.
  • A defense verdict in an age discrimination case tried by a jury in a federal court in Des Moines, Iowa, on behalf of an interstate travel plaza company.
  • A defense verdict in a race discrimination and retaliation case tried by a jury  in a federal court in Indianapolis, Indiana, on behalf of an interstate travel plaza company.
  • Numerous summary judgments in state and federal courts and successful appeals to the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.

Reported Decisions

  • Smotherman v. Flying J, 2007 WL 18475
  • Verdin v. AutoZone, 2007 WL 4260913
  • Lumpkin, et al v. CCBC Unltd., 216 F.R.D. 3rd
  • Armstrong v. Standard Furniture, 197 Fed. Appx. 830
  • Armstrong v. Standard Furniture, 2005 WL 2008 514 
  • Cooper v. Flying J, 2007 WL 4211027
  • El Bakly v. AutoZone, 2009 WL 65717

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Publications

  • Louisiana Employment Law Letter
    2006

Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Florida State Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Member, Section of Labor and Employment Law)
  • Society for Human Resource Management