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 matters involving employment and civil rights issues arising under federal statutes (including Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act), equivalent state statutes and common law causes of action. Additionally, M.C. litigates and counsels employers and other corporate clients regarding restrictive covenant law and related considerations. M.C. handles both single-plaintiff lawsuits along with class and collective actions and other complex multi-plaintiff matters. In addition to her employment and civil rights work, M.C. also litigates and counsels management on a variety of traditional labor issues (including pre-campaign advice, employer campaigns and elections, contract negotiations, unfair labor practice issues and grievance arbitrations).

As a complement to her litigation practice, M.C. also provides proactive and full-service counseling and advice to management regarding a gamut of employment law issues. M.C. regularly prepares and leads employee training sessions, drafts various employment documents (including employment contracts, severance agreements and employment handbooks and policies), audits wage and hour policies at client locations across the country and assists clients in orchestrating large-scale, national reductions-in-force. Through her counseling work, M.C. aims to help her clients navigate and effectively respond to new problems in the workplace, such as those created by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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  • Successfully obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of pharmaceutical management client in contentious non-compete litigation. Later obtained summary judgment in favor of client as to former employee’s liability for violating restrictive covenants, paving the way for extremely favorable settlement terms.
  • First-chaired a grievance arbitration on behalf of public sector transportation client, resulting in a favorable arbitral decision upholding termination.
  • Represented food service client in putative class and collective wage and hour action and successfully defeated motion for conditional certification of nationwide class, paving the way for favorable settlement negotiations.
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Experience

  • Successfully obtained preliminary injunction on behalf of pharmaceutical management client in contentious non-compete litigation. Later obtained summary judgment in favor of client as to former employee’s liability for violating restrictive covenants, paving the way for extremely favorable settlement terms.
  • First-chaired a grievance arbitration on behalf of public sector transportation client, resulting in a favorable arbitral decision upholding termination.
  • Represented food service client in putative class and collective wage and hour action and successfully defeated motion for conditional certification of nationwide class, paving the way for favorable settlement negotiations.
  • Drafted amicus briefs to both the Eleventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals on behalf of 15 national trade organizations regarding the ADA’s application to commercial websites.
  • 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.
  • Obtained full summary judgment in favor of energy client against charges of employment discrimination and retaliation.
  • Obtained full summary judgment in favor of food services client in federal civil rights litigation.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of common law claims of negligent retention and intentional infliction of emotional distress brought against energy client.
  • Obtained “no reasonable cause” determination from Florida Commission on Human Relations on behalf of hospitality client.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of ADA website litigation brought against sports industry client.
  • 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, setting the stage for favorable settlement discussions.
  • Represented sports management client in putative class and collective wage and hour action and successfully resolved matter by negotiating a settlement that did not involve any monetary payment to named plaintiff.
  • Represented food services client in employment discrimination and wage and hour litigation brought by over twenty named plaintiffs, successfully posturing factually complex case for favorable settlement negotiations.
  • 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.

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