Adam S. Chotiner is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar, and he oversees the firm’s Labor and Employment Law practice group.
Mr. Chotiner focuses his practice on labor and employment law and litigation, representing a wide variety of employers and businesses. Mr. Chotiner also defends claims against businesses under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which generally requires businesses and their websites to be accessible to persons with disabilities. Since 2015, Mr. Chotiner has been named a “Top Lawyer” in labor and employment law in the annual editions of the South Florida Legal Guide, after having been repeatedly honored as a “Top Up and Comer.” Mr. Chotiner has also been honored as a top rated Super Lawyer in labor and employment law, a distinction based on an evaluation of peer recognition and professional achievement independently conducted by Thomson Reuters.
Mr. Chotiner received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List and worked on the Entertainment and Sports Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science, with honors, from the University of Florida. At the University of Florida, Mr. Chotiner was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Sigma Alpha Mu social fraternity.
Mr. Chotiner is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. Mr. Chotiner also represents clients in arbitration proceedings and he has served as an arbitrator.
As a Board Certified labor and employment law specialist, Mr. Chotiner’s practice includes all facets of labor and employment law and litigation, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims based on race, gender, age, disability, national origin, religion and other legally-protected characteristics. He also represents clients regarding Family and Medical Leave Act claims and compliance, whistle-blower claims, workers’ compensation retaliation claims and claims involving employment contracts and non-compete agreements. In addition, Mr. Chotiner has extensive experience litigating claims for unpaid overtime compensation and minimum wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Florida law, including collective and class actions. His labor and employment law practice also includes preventative labor relations and counseling employers on their policies and practices, including drafting and revising employee handbooks, employment agreements and job descriptions, as well as training for management and rank-and-file employees. Mr. Chotiner has had a labor and employment law article published by the Florida Bar Journal and he has been repeatedly featured as a lecturer at labor and employment law seminars.
Mr. Chotiner’s practice also includes defending claims brought under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. These matters generally involve disabled individuals suing businesses, property owners and other places of public accommodation, claiming that barriers exist which allegedly prevent them from fully enjoying the products and services being offered. Many such claims allege “physical barriers,” such as inaccessible restrooms and parking lots, but over the past few years the scope of the claims has expanded to allegations that a business’ website or mobile application is inaccessible or otherwise non-compliant. In addition, Mr. Chotiner’s practice includes claims arising under the Fair Housing Act and similar state and local housing laws.
Mr. Chotiner also has experience in other areas of commercial and complex litigation, including breach of contract, commercial disputes, insurance litigation, landlord and tenant issues, and real estate and business torts. He is also experienced in probate, trust and fiduciary litigation.