Rachel A. Morris

Rachel A. Morris

Rachel focuses her practice on representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation and compliance. She advocates for employers in federal and state courts and before numerous government agencies — including the DOL, EEOC, OSHA, OFCCP, and FCHR.

A growing portion of Rachel's practice also focuses on employment based immigration issues. She has successfully assisted businesses with employment based immigration questions, I-9 audits and remediation, and ICE investigations.

Rachel is honored to be a trusted advisor to many long-term clients and frequently performs multi-state handbook reviews and compliance audits. She has significant experience working with the debt collection, business process outsourcing, hospitality, and non-profit industries.

Notable Cases/Work

Rachel has successfully handled claims for employers in federal and state courts and in front of numerous government agencies involving:

  • Protecting trade secrets and enforcing non-disclosure, non-solicitation, and non-competition agreements;
  • Allegations of unpaid wages and overtime;
  • Allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation (based upon age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender);
  • Allegations based upon FMLA/leaves of absence/failure to accommodate;
  • Whistleblower claims (including OSHA and SOX retaliation claims);
  • Breach of contract, tortious interference with a business relationship, civil theft, invasion of privacy, negligent hiring/supervision/retention;
  • Reductions in force and difficult terminations; and
  • Allegations of unlawful background investigations.

Publications and Lectures

  • When COVID-Mary Returns Part II: Workplace Safety and Liability Protection, Webinar, June 2020
  • When COVID-Mary Returns Part I: Workplace Safety and Liability Protection, Webinar, May 2020
  • The FCRA and Adverse Action, Webinar, June 2019
  • The FCRA and Fair Chance Acts and Ban-the-Box, OH MY!, Webinar, November 2018
  • Hurricane Ready: 5 Ways Florida Employers Can Prepare for the Next Big Storm, Article, JD Supra, September 2017
  • The St. Petersburg Wage Theft Ordinance: New Notice and Poster Requirements, Article, JD Supra, June 2017
  • Common Law Employment Claims - 17th Annual Board Certification Review, January 2017

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers
  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • Suncoast Human Resources Management Association (SHRM)
  • HR Tampa (SHRM)
  • National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Honors and Distinctions

  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law (2018-2020)
  • Graduated second in her law school class, Stetson University College of Law (2011)
  • Research Editor, Executive Board, Stetson Law Review (2010-2011)
  • Judicial Intern, U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, Judge James D. Whittemore (2010)
  • Judicial Intern, Judge Edward C. LaRose, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal (2010)

Contact Information

Tampa Office
3350 Buschwood Park Dr.
Suite 195
Tampa, Florida 33618

Direct: (813) 890-2464
Cell: (813) 380-6345
Office: (813) 890-2460
Fax: (877) 334-0661

Email: rmorris@sessions.legal


Areas of Law

Education

  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Vanderbilt University, 2008.
  • J.D., Summa Cum Laude, Stetson University College of Law, 2011.

Admissions

  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

FOUNDED IN NEW ORLEANS, WE NOW SERVICE CLIENTS THROUGHOUT THE NATION


  • ACA
  • Brand Elite
  • RMA
  • Super Lawyers
  • AV 2020