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Melissa S.  Zinkil
Melissa S.  Zinkil
Partner 
222 Lakeview Avenue
Suite 400
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
 
Tel:
561.671.3675
Fax:
561.659.6313
 
 

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
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2013-2014, Listed as an "Up & Comer"
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2009-2013, Listed in Florida as a "Rising Star" for Employment & Labor and General Litigation
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Akerman Nineteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Employment Records Retention Requirements," April 2014
 
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South Palm Beach County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee Seminar, Moderator, "Top 13 for 2013," May 2013
 
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Akerman Eighteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Pre-Employment Background Checks: How Far Can Employers Go?," April 2013
 
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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
 
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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
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American Bar Association, Member
 
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Palm Beach County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Member
 
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South Palm Beach County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Committee, Member
 
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Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Member
 
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Young Friends of Opportunity, Inc., Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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Office of Senator Bob Graham, Intern, 1999
 
Public Decisions
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Hannan v. Boca Raton Regional Hospital, 19 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 717a, Or. Granting Defs.' Mot. S.J. (May 1, 2012)
 



Melissa S.  Zinkil

Practice
Labor & Employment
Education
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
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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