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Ellen M. Leibovitch

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eml@assoulineberlowe.com
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Phone: (561) 361-6566
Fax: (561) 361-6466
Direct: (561) 948-2479

1801 N Military Trail, #160
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Ms. Ellen Leibovitch, a Florida Board Certified Labor and Employment Attorney, is a partner in the Boca Raton office and she heads our Labor and Employment Law Practice. She is also a member of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. Ms. Leibovitch focuses her practice on labor and employment law counseling and litigation, as well as commercial and business litigation.

Ms. Leibovitch counsels and assists clients on the full-range of labor and employment matters. She drafts, analyzes, and evaluates employee handbooks; and she prepares employment, non-compete, confidentiality, severance, separation, independent contractor and other employment-related agreements. Ms. Leibovitch has made numerous employment-related presentations to clients and to business and other organizations including:

  • developing and implementing policies and practices against harassment and discrimination
  • effective use of employee handbooks and personnel policies
  • implementing diversity programs
  • investigating and remedying harassment and discrimination complaints
  • navigating the Fair Labor Standards Act’s statutory and regulatory requirements
  • recognizing and preventing harassment in the work place
  • records retention requirements and programs
  • unveiling the myths about employment laws

Ms. Leibovitch has substantial and significant bench and jury trial experience. She litigates cases in state and federal courts and represents clients at governmental agency proceedings. The types of matters she handles include the following:

  • age and gender discrimination
  • breach of partnership and other contractual issues
  • claims against businesses under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
  • defamation
  • overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • sexual harassment
  • theft of trade secrets
Education

J.D., University of Florida School of Law, 1986

B.A., University of Florida School of Law, 1983

Bar Admissions Florida
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
Memberships and Affiliations

The Florida Bar

Labor and Employment Section

  • Wage & Hour Administration Subcommittee
  • Local/Voluntary Bar Associations Liaison Sub-committee

Florida Association of Women Lawyers, South Palm Beach County Chapter
Board of Directors
Chair of Past Presidents Committee/Woman Lawyer of the Year awards ceremony

South Palm Beach County Bar Association
Board of Directors
Editor in Chief - The Advocate

Senior Care Strategies, Inc.
Board of Directors

Successful Women in Business, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

Notable Reported Cases
  • Semma v. Principal Life Ins. Co., 2006 WL 2868909 (M.D. Fla. 2006)
  • Winkler v. Principal Life Ins. Co., 2006 WL 1037023 (N.D. Fla. 2006)
  • Padron v. BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., 196 F. Supp. 2d 1250 (S.D. Fla. 2002)
  • Lovermi v. BellSouth Mobility, Inc., 962 F. Supp. 136 (S.D. Fla. 1997)
  • Babbitt Electronics, Inc. v. Dynascan Corp., 828 F. Supp. 944 (S.D. Fla. 1993)
  • Montenay Power Corp. v. Nairne, 572 So. 2d 1069 (Fla. 3d DCA 1991)
  • Florida East Coast Deliveries, Inc. v. Hernandez, 568 So. 2d 536 (Fla. 3d DCA 1990)
  • Montenay Power Corp. v. King, 567 So. 2d 557 (Fla. 3d DCA 1990)
  • Miami Eye Institute, Inc. v. Velasquez, 559 So. 2d 1262 (Fla. 3d DCA 1990
  • General Hotel & Restaurant Supply Corp. v. Skipper, 514 So. 2d 1158 (Fla. 2d DCA 1987)
Publications
  • “The Legalities & Practicalities of Telecommuting,” Defense Research Institute
  • “What to do When Terminating an Employee,” The Advocate, 2012
  • "Make Sure You Are Not DOA When the DOL Comes Knocking," The Advocate
Speeches
  • Unveiling the Myths in Employment Law
  • How to Recognize When You Need an Employment Lawyer
  • Year-end Celebrations and Related Work Place Issues
  • Employers Beware: Do Not Fall Prey to Overtime Traps
  • How to Distinguish Between Employees and Independent Contractors
  • Hiring and Firing Persons with Disabilities
  • Employee Handbooks and Record-keeping Requirements
  • Ethics and Employment: What All Paralegals Should Know
  • “Smart Hiring” Strategies for Interviews and Background Checks
Designations
  • Board Certified by the Florida Bar: Labor & Employment law
  • Chair of the Grievance Committee: Fifteenth Judicial Circuit 

Honors and Rankings
  • "Top Attorneys in Florida," The Wall Street Journal
  • “Top Attorneys in Florida," The American Registry
  • "Florida Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters (2010 - 2016)
  • Corporate America Legal Elite (2015)
  • "Floridian Attorney of the Year - Employment Law," Legal Elite (2015)
  • "Attorney to Watch in 2015," Attorney at Law Magazine
  • “Leader in the Law,” Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Outstanding Public Service Program - “Educating Tomorrow’s Adults,” Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Finalist for "Leaders in Law," Lifestyle Media Group