M.C. Cravatta

Associate

Orlando
T +1.407.540.7929
F +1.407.841.0168

Overview

M.C. Cravatta represents both private and public sector management clients in connection with a wide variety of complex labor and employment matters. As a litigator, M.C. practices in both state and federal court, and regularly handles both single-employee lawsuits and class and collective action litigation. She also counsels clients on all aspects of labor-management relations. As part of her traditional labor practice, M.C. helps negotiate collective bargaining agreements and represents management in grievance arbitrations. Additionally, she effectively counsels and advises clients regarding compliance with anti-discrimination and wage and hour laws and regulations.

M.C. understands that labor and employment issues involve real people and real business concerns. She enjoys collaborating with her clients to create effective and creative solutions that not only address their legal obligations and responsibilities, but also serve the best interests of their organizations as a whole.

Select Experience

  • Represented transportation client in putative class and collective wage and hour action and successfully recovered all fees spent defending against motion for protective order filed by plaintiffs.
  • Represented food service client in civil rights litigation and successfully obtained summary judgment on all claims.
  • Represented sports management client in putative class and collective action and successfully resolved matter by negotiating a settlement that did not involve any monetary payment to the named plaintiff.
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Experience

  • Represented transportation client in putative class and collective wage and hour action and successfully recovered all fees spent defending against motion for protective order filed by plaintiffs.
  • Represented food service client in civil rights litigation and successfully obtained summary judgment on all claims.
  • Represented sports management client in putative class and collective action and successfully resolved matter by negotiating a settlement that did not involve any monetary payment to the named plaintiff.
  • Represented leading energy client against claims of sexual harassment, negligent retention and intentional infliction of emotional distress and successfully moved to dismiss common law claims with prejudice.
  • Drafted appellate brief to the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of home healthcare client that resulted in favorable decision regarding interpretation of Florida’s non-compete statute.
  • Drafted amicus briefs to both the Eleventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals on behalf of 15 national trade organizations regarding the American With Disabilities Act’s application to commercial websites.
  • First-chaired a grievance arbitration on behalf of public sector transportation client.
  • Drafted post-arbitration briefs regarding both disciplinary and contract interpretation issues that resulted in favorable arbitral decisions on behalf of manufacturing clients.
  • Participated in contract negotiations on behalf of public sector transportation client and private sector hospitality client.
  • Audits wage and hour policies and practices of hospitality clients’ properties across the nation to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local wage and hour laws.
  • Orchestrated large-scale, national reduction-in-force on behalf of retail client.
  • Litigates and counsels management on employment law issues concerning Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and equivalent state statutes.
  • Litigates and counsels management on a variety of traditional labor issues, including pre-campaign advice, employer campaigns and elections, contract negotiations, unfair labor practice issue, and grievance arbitrations.
  • Prepares and leads training designed for management and non-management employees.
  • Drafts various employment documents, including employment contracts, severance agreements, and employment handbooks and policies.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association: Labor and Employment Section

Community

  • Junior League of Orlando

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Virginia
  • Florida

Education

  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 2014, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, William & Mary Law Review
  • B.A., History of Art & Psychology, Yale University, 2011, with honors