Patrick M. Muldowney

Partner

Orlando
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"Pat is exceptional - he's probably one of the best I've ever seen or worked with. An exceptional lawyer and a really good person."
— Chambers USA 2014

Pat Muldowney advises and represents private- and public-sector management clients in connection with traditional labor and employment law issues. Pat's nationwide practice includes the defense of employers in class/collective actions, as well as in lawsuits filed by individual plaintiffs and administrative actions filed with the National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Florida Commission on Human Relations. Dedicated to assisting his clients, whether in litigation or in need of advice, Pat places a high premium on responsiveness and practices with a sensitivity to clients' business needs.

In addition to his busy law practice, Pat is an adjunct professor at Rollins College, where he teaches a course on labor and employment law in the Master of Human Resources program.

Select Experience

  • Defended Florida-based insurance company in putative collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act concerning alleged misclassification of marketing employees filed in federal court in Tampa. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client and secured affirmance of district court’s decision before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
  • Served as first chair in federal jury trial involving claim of disability discrimination against publicly traded home healthcare company. Secured jury verdict in favor of client after four-day trial, with jury deliberation lasting only 20 minutes.
  • Negotiated initial and successor collective bargaining agreements for two separate units of nationally known ambulance company. Assisted client’s negotiating team in formulating management proposals and responding to issues raised by union’s bargaining team during negotiations.
  • Assisted major professional sports franchise in well-publicized changeover of its coaching and front office staff. Worked with senior management to assist with exit of existing personnel and prepared and negotiated employment agreements for new executives and staff.
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Experience

  • Defended Florida-based insurance company in putative collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act concerning alleged misclassification of marketing employees filed in federal court in Tampa. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client and secured affirmance of district court’s decision before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
  • Served as first chair in federal jury trial involving claim of disability discrimination against publicly traded home healthcare company. Secured jury verdict in favor of client after four-day trial, with jury deliberation lasting only 20 minutes.
  • Negotiated initial and successor collective bargaining agreements for two separate units of nationally known ambulance company. Assisted client’s negotiating team in formulating management proposals and responding to issues raised by union’s bargaining team during negotiations.
  • Assisted major professional sports franchise in well-publicized changeover of its coaching and front office staff. Worked with senior management to assist with exit of existing personnel and prepared and negotiated employment agreements for new executives and staff.

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Labor & Employment in Florida (2011 to 2015)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2008 to 2016)
    • Orlando: Employment Law - Management
    • Orlando: Labor Law - Management
    • Orlando: Litigation - Labor & Employment
  • Florida Trend "Legal Elite"
  • Orlando Magazine "Orlando’s Best Lawyers"
  • Florida "Super Lawyer" (2007 to 2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

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Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1989
  • Florida, 1993
  • New York, 1988

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., Columbia University, 1984, History, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

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In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
Has the Fifth Circuit Opened the Door for Potential Liability of Staffing Companies?
By Michael J. Lombardino
August 26, 2015
In Burton v. Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Manpower of Texas, LP, No. 14-50944, — F.3d —-, 2015 WL 4742174 (5th Cir. Aug. 10, 2015), the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for two employers in a...
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Employment Law Spotlight
The ADA Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary – A Look Back at the Development of the Act
July 31, 2015
Twenty-five years ago this week, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) was enacted into law with its stated purpose being “to provide clear, strong, consistent, enforceable standards addressing discrimination against...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Updates to California’s Paid Sick Leave Law
July 15, 2015
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill intended to cure some of the ambiguities in the state’s new paid sick leave law that have been a headache for employers. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522) took...
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Employment Law Spotlight
DOL Meets The Far Side, Targets Independent Contractor Relationships
July 15, 2015
The all-time best The Far Side cartoon (based on an unscientific survey, sample size of me) is the one with two deer standing in the forest, one with a red circular target imprinted on its chest. The other deer says, “Bummer of a...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Tinley Park Hotel and Convention Center: The NLRB Gets Out Its Selfie Stick
July 6, 2015
Over the past few years, many employers have found out—the hard way—that the National Labor Relations Board is serious in policing employee handbooks for provisions that the Board believes are “overly broad” under Section 7 of the National...
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