Jennifer J. Ator
Jennifer J. Ator represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and employment litigation matters in state and federal court. Ms. Ator is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit and County Court mediator and mediates all types of litigation matters. In 2011, Ms. Ator was recognized as a Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. She is also a member of the multi-million dollar advocates forum.
Ms. Ator practices in the areas of commercial and employment litigation including breach of contract and tort-based claims, unfair and deceptive trade practices, business opportunity compliance, non-competes, disability compliance, discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, employee discipline and discharge, layoffs and down-sizing, and negotiation of individual employment and personal services agreements for employers and executives.
Before law school, Ms. Ator taught the Communications and Broadcast Arts Magnet Program in the Broward County Schools. Ms. Ator started her legal career at a nationally known individual employee rights law firm. Thereafter, she handled employment matters for employers and corporations at the oldest firm in Miami and then practiced in the litigation department at an international law firm that was named in the top five litigation departments in the United States.
Ms. Ator is committed to working for the profession, not just in the profession. She was appointed to the American Bar Association House of Delegates by The Florida Bar Board of Governors and served from 2002 to 2006. She also served on The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors from 2001 until 2007. In addition, Ms. Ator is active within the American Bar Association. She is a former active member of the Young Lawyers Division and is a YLD Fellow. She is on the Council for the Law Practice Management Section and is the Vice-Chair of its Publications Board. Also, she is a former member of Council and a former Division Director for the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division. On a local level, Ms. Ator is the Chair of the Solo Small Firm Committee of the Dade County Bar Association, served a term on its Board of Directors, and is a past-president of the Young Lawyers Section.
Ms. Ator has written and published on employment law topics. Her law review article Same-Sex Sexual Harassment After Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc.: Overcoming the History of Judicial Discrimination in Light of the "Common Sense" Standard was published in the American University Journal of Gender & Law. She recently authored a chapter on “Employment Law in the Solo and Small Firm” for Effectively Staffing Your Law Firm, which was published by the American Bar Association in 2009. Moreover, she has co-authored materials on sexual harassment and damages in discrimination claims for the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, and authored articles on practice management issues for the American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division Ms. Ator has also written and spoken on how to deal with difficult people in the workplace and other employee management issues.
Ms. Ator also serves as a Councilperson in Miami Springs, Florida. She was first elected in 2009 and is currently in her second two-year term on the City Council. She maintains a campaign and personal website at www.jenniferator.com. Ms. Ator was selected to participate in the inaugural program of The Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami, where early-career elected officials from Palm Beach to Monroe County are receiving over sixty hours of training to develop skills to be more effective in elected office.
In addition to The Florida Bar, Ms. Ator is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Ator can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-863-8525.