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
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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Employment Law Spotlight
Agencies Beware: Supreme Court Leans Toward Air Marshal Whistleblower in Oral Argument
November 13, 2014
On November 4, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dep’t of Homeland Security v. MacLean, bringing closer to an end the lengthy dispute between Robert MacLean and his former employer, the Transportation Security Administration...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New California Law Imposes Joint Liability on Businesses and Contract Vendors for Wage Violations and Workers’ Compensation Coverage
November 10, 2014
For companies using independent contractors in California, 2014 has been a difficult year, with several significant court decisions threatening the contractor model. In June, the Ninth Circuit rejected the parties’ choice of Georgia law in...
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Employment Law Spotlight
#Insubordination: NLRB Affirms Refusal To Re-Hire Employees Based Upon Facebook Exchange
November 6, 2014
In prior articles, we have discussed various decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) protecting employee social media activity as concerted activity under Section 7 the National Labor Relations Act (the...
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Employment Law Spotlight
ALERT! Raising the Stakes: NLRB Expands Remedies for Labor Law Violations
October 31, 2014
On October 24, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, or Board) asserted that it had broad authority to order expanded remedial measures in response to acts the Board deemed to constitute “egregious and pervasive” violations of...
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