Denise L. Wheeler
Ms. Wheeler is a Board Certified Labor and Employment Lawyer whose practice focuses on representing employers in all types of employment law issues. She has extensive experience in defending employers in lawsuits brought by employees in both state and federal courts involving discrimination laws, employment contracts, wage and hour claims, non-compete issues, wrongful termination, retaliation, whistle blower, employee benefits, union and collective bargaining issues, OSHA, minimum wage and overtime claims and general personnel matters. Ms. Wheeler also counsels management in preventive measures, handbooks and policies, liability avoidance, documentation and employee discipline advice, investigations, training, and compliance with federal, state and local employment laws.
Ms. Wheeler has represented both health care providers and hospitals throughout Florida in defending claims brought by employees including claims for harassment, discrimination, unpaid compensation, breach of contract issues and non-compete issues. She has also worked extensively with clients in this industry to proactively prevent litigation by providing training, advice on discipline and drafting contract, polices and handbooks.
AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Florida Bar Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law
Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Up-And-Comers, Human Resource Executive Magazine (2011)
Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine (2006, 2009); ranked in the top 2% of practicing Florida Bar Members
Selected as a “Florida Super Lawyer” (2006-2011); listed as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers (2007, 2010, 2011)
40 Under 40, Gulf Coast Business Review (2006)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law – Management (2010 & 2011); Civil Rights Law (2012)
Lee County Association for Women Lawyers – Vice President (2005-2006), President (2006-2008)
Lee County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Academy of Florida Management Attorneys
United States District Court, Middle District, Grievance Committee
American Bar Association, Employment Law Section
Voices for Kids of Southwest Florida, Board of Directors (2009-present)
Horizon Council, Member-At-Large (2007-2009)
Ave Maria School of Law, Member, Leadership Council (2008)
United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades County, Board of Directors
Contact Denise L. Wheeler
Phone: (239) 338-4259
Fax: (239) 337-0970
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