Sarah M. DeFranco draws from her fifteen years’ experience to provide on-call counseling to employers operating in Florida, Illinois, and New York regarding complying with federal, state, and local employment laws, such as the FMLA, ADA, Title VII, ADEA, and FLSA.
Additionally, Sarah has vast experience drafting employee handbooks for employers of all sizes, executive employment agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and separation agreements, and providing employers guidance regarding properly classifying workers as independent contractors.
Sarah frequently assists corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions by providing labor and employment specialist review of due diligence materials, guidance on employment-related disclosures and acquisition agreements, and drafting consulting and employment agreements for post-closing continuation of key personnel.
Sarah has experience representing employers in employment litigation and administrative proceedings arising under federal, state, and local discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower and wage and hour laws, as well as litigation of claims to enforce non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, and employee raiding covenants in employment agreements.
- J.D., Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, 2004, magna cum laude, Nova Law Review, Editorial Board Member
- B.A., University of Miami, Biology, 2000
Bar Admissions : Florida; Illinois; New York
Court Admissions :
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Professional Experience :
- Judicial Intern to the Honorable Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
- The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Section, Member
Rate : $$$