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

  • Muldowney, Patrick MChambers USA: Labor & Employment in Florida (2011 to 2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2008 to present)
    Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC
    • 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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In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
Joint Employment Finding Leads to Unexpected $3 Million Liability in Hospital Malpractice Case
By Todd H. Lebowitz
July 25, 2014
When Washington Hospital obtained an insurance policy in 2003 to cover medical claims arising from acts by its employees, its insurer probably did not consider whether hospital employees included workers supplied by a staffing agency. It...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Illinois Joins Ban-The-Box States; New Jersey May Be Next
July 23, 2014
Illinois Criminal background questions on employment applications will no longer be permitted in Illinois, effective January 1, 2015. On July 19, Governor Quinn signed the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, making Illinois the...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Thirty Years of Law in Thirty-Some Pages: The EEOC’s New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination
July 22, 2014
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued its “Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues.” It was no minor undertaking. According to the EEOC’s Questions and Answers about the Guidance, it...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Background Check Lawsuits: If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another
July 15, 2014
As we previously have written, employer use of criminal records and background checks with respect to applicants and employees has been the subject of challenge on the grounds that such checks tend to discriminate against African-American...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Hobby Lobby: Likely First of Many Cases Pitting Religion Against ACA
July 10, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30, 2014, ruled 5-4 that a closely held, for-profit corporation can qualify for an exemption from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requirements mandating contraceptive coverage for...
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