Teresa M. Maestrelli focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation and advice and counsel. She represents clients in litigation before federal and state courts, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, and various state and local agencies. She also advises clients on compliance with various federal, state, and local employment laws, including hiring, discipline and termination decisions, employee investigations, wage and hour issues, employee misclassification, and other employee-relations issues.

Representative Matters

  • Worked in-house (under a secondment agreement) at the Wikimedia Foundation (the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia) providing advice and counsel on various aspects of the employer/employee relationship.
  • Represented the Goldfield Corporation (a provider of electrical construction and maintenance services in the energy infrastructure industry) in its $7.25 million acquisition of C and C Power Line, Inc. (a full service, union electrical contractor).
  • Obtained on behalf of a national satellite television installer and service provider a ruling for the client on all fourteen counts, alleging violations of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), arising out of the client's withdrawal of recognition of a union at one of their major facilities in Florida.
  • Obtained a decision from the Florida Third District Court of Appeal reversing a $1 million jury verdict in favor of a former television reporter in her age and sex discrimination suit. Sunbeam Television Corp. v. Mitzel (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Jan. 18, 2012).
  • Obtained decision from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of a real estate developer that vacated a judgment in favor of the plaintiff in a Title VII discrimination and retaliation case and dismissed the plaintiff's claims due to her failure to disclose her bankruptcy filing to the court, and her failure to disclose her Title VII case to the bankruptcy court.
  • Obtained a decision from the National Labor Relations Board affirming an administrative law judge's decision that the client had not engaged in unfair labor practices by terminating the employment of three employees because they were terminated for their conduct at work rather than their pro-union activities.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Noncompetes, Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets

Admissions

  • California
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
  • University of Wisconsin--Madison, B.B.A., with distinction, 2002

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2010-present
  • Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
    - Associate, 2008-2010

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2016, San Francisco, California, May 12, 2016
  • Speaker, "New Employment and Immigration Laws For 2016 and Cases To Watch This Year," San Francisco, February 11, 2016
  • Presenter, "The Rise of Retail Workers' Rights: California and Beyond," Professional Retail Stores Maintenance Association (PRSM), November 4, 2015
  • Speaker, "Horrible Headlines: Lessons from Employment and Immigration Law Controversies in the News," Duane Morris Breakfast Briefing, October 22, 2015
  • Speaker, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2015, San Francisco, California, May 21, 2015
  • "Alphabet Soup — The Interplay of ADA, FMLA and the Florida Workers' Compensation Statute," Duane Morris Breakfast Briefings, April 2014
  • "Labor and Employment Law Outlook for 2014," Duane Morris Breakfast Briefings, December 2013
  • "NLRB Rules for Non-Union Employers," Duane Morris Institute Webinar, November 2013
  • "The Agencies Attack! An Analysis of the EEOC's Recent Guideline on the Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions & Recent NLRB Decisions Affecting Non-Union Employees," ACCA-SFL's Fourth Annual CLE Conference, September 2013
  • "Signed, Sealed, Delivered: What a Second Obama Term Means to Your Business from a Labor and Employment Perspective," Duane Morris Institute Webinar, February 2013