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Melissa S. Zinkil

777 South Flagler Drive
Suite 1100 West Tower
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street
Suite 1100
Miami, FL 33131

Melissa Zinkil focuses her practice on litigating labor and employment and complex commercial disputes in both state and federal court. She has experience defending employers with regard to claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Florida Private Whistleblower Act, as well as claims to enforce restrictive covenants in employment contracts. Melissa also has significant experience in advocating for corporate clients with regard to a variety of complex commercial matters, including consumer finance matters, contract disputes, and matters involving business torts.
Awards & Recognition
Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2013-2015, Listed as an "Up & Comer" for Labor & Employment
Super Lawyers Magazine 2009-2013, Listed in Florida as a "Rising Star" for Employment & Labor and General Litigation
Published Works & Lectures
Akerman Twentieth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Employment Law Trends: What Employers Need to Know," September 2015
Akerman Nineteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Employment Records Retention Requirements," April 2014
South Palm Beach County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee Seminar, Moderator, "Top 13 for 2013," May 2013
Akerman Eighteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Pre-Employment Background Checks: How Far Can Employers Go?," April 2013
South Palm Beach County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law and ERISA Retirement Planning Committees Seminar, Co-Moderator, "The Affordable Care Act: The Supreme Court Spoke, The Election is Over, Now What?," December 2012
South Palm Beach County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee Seminar, Co-Speaker, "The ABCs of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)," November 2011
Professional Memberships & Activities
American Bar Association, Member
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Member
South Palm Beach County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Committee, Member
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Member
Young Friends of Opportunity, Inc., Member
Related Professional Experience
Office of Senator Bob Graham, Intern, 1999
Public Decisions
Hannan v. Boca Raton Regional Hospital, 19 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 717a, Or. Granting Defs.' Mot. S.J. (May 1, 2012)

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Melissa S.  Zinkil

Labor & Employment
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2003; magna cum laude, Order of the Coif; Florida Law Review, General Board Member, 2000-2003; Title Standards Editor, 2002-2003
B.A., University of Florida, 1999; with honors
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