Brett Schneider is the Managing Director of the Boca Raton office and Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Division. As a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney in Labor and Employment Law, Brett helps public and private sector employers resolve issues in a prompt and efficient manner.
Brett represents public sector employers in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, labor impasse proceedings, unfair labor practice proceedings and labor arbitrations. As workplace issues continue to evolve, he advises clients on employee drug testing (particularly with the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida), sexual harassment and employee medical issues. Brett provides pragmatic advice in line with his clients’ business objectives.
Brett handles employment litigation for public and private employers in matters arising under federal, state and local employment laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA). Brett defends employers in wage and hour suits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and has successfully guided clients through Department of Labor Wage & Hour Audits. He also represents employers before federal, state and local administrative agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC).
Certified by the HR Certification Institute and by the Society for Human Resource Management, Brett advises employers on human resources issues including personnel policies and procedures, discipline and discharge matters, drug and alcohol testing, employee privacy rights and educational and training programs for managers and supervisors. He works closely with employers to ensure that their practices comply with federal, state and local laws.
Brett is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law and human resources matters, including the impact of the legalization of medical marijuana on Florida employers, the #metoo movement, and workplace violence.
Brett previously practiced labor and employment law at large national law firms in Washington D.C. and New York.
Professional & Community Involvement
- Human Resource Association of Broward County, 2008-present; Past-President, 2015; President, 2014; President-Elect, 2013; Legislative Affairs Director, 2011-2012
- The Cooperative Feeding Program, Board Member, 2010-2014
- Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Young Adult Division, Board member, 2012-2014
- University of Maryland South Florida Alumni Association, 2010-Present
- Anti-Defamation League, Glass Leadership Institute, 2008
- Leadership Broward Foundation, Class XXIV, 2005-2006
- South Florida Touchdown Club Foundation, Board Secretary, 2005-2006
Awards & Recognition
- Top Lawyer, Palm Beach Illustrated, 2021
- Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2022
- 2021 Daily Business Review Florida Legal Awards Honoree as 2021 Innovator
- South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2020 – present
- Palm Beach Illustrated, Top Lawyer- Labor & Employment, 2019 – present
- Florida Super Lawyers, 2018-present
- Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, 2018-present
- AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017-present
- South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Law & Accounting, 2017
- Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2011-2014
- South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up and Comer, 2009
- Aristyld v. City of Lauderhill, Case No. 543 Fed.Appx. 905 (11th Cir. 2013)
- Blanco v. Monique & Me, Inc., 116 So. 3d 639 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013)
- Amunraptah v. City of Deerfield Beach, 93 So. 3d 1040 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
- East Coast Karate Studios, Inc. v. LifeStyle Martial Arts, LLC, 65 So. 3d 1127 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
- World Rentals and Sales, LLC v. Volvo Constr. Equip. Rentals, Inc., 517 F.3d 1240 (11th Cir. 2008)
- Goldberg v. Chong, 2007 WL 2028792 (S.D. Fla. Jul. 11, 2007)
- Kaptan v. Danchig, 796 N.Y.S.2d 706 (N.Y. 2nd Dept., 2005)