Patrick M. Muldowney

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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

  • Muldowney, Patrick MChambers USA: Labor & Employment in Florida (2011 to 2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2008 to 2015)
    • 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 2014)
  • 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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Employment Law Spotlight
How NLRB’s New ‘Quickie Election’ Rule Strengthens Unions’ Positions
December 21, 2014
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Employment Law Spotlight
Volunteers Alleging Employment Status Lose Title VII Case, but Court Applies Vigorous Analysis First
December 17, 2014
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Employment Law Spotlight
National Labor Relations Board Permits Employees to Use Workplace Email Systems for Union Activity
December 15, 2014
In a landmark 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) reversed its own precedent and found that employees now have a presumptive right to use their employer’s email system to engage in communications relating...
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Employment Law Spotlight
‘Going Postal’ Over Data Breach Response: Union Files Failure-to-Bargain Charge With NLRB Against USPS
November 24, 2014
As recent high-profile cyberattacks have demonstrated, employers have a duty to protect their employees’ electronically stored personal information from being accessed by hackers, and to promptly remedy any breach in security concerning...
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Employment Law Spotlight
DOL Refills States’ War Chests for Independent Contractor Misclassification Crackdown
November 16, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $10.2 million in grants to 19 states for continued independent contractor misclassification detection and enforcement. The grants are focused on unemployment insurance programs and, more...
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