Bridget A. Berry: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Bridget A. Berry

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West Palm Beach,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone561.650.7912

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 561.650.7912
Fax: 561.655.6222
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Bridget-A-Berry
 
University Universite Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers, France, Awarded diploma in French Economics, Chamber of Commerce/Industry of Paris, 1978; University of Notre Dame, B.A., American Studies/French, cum laude, 1981
 
Law SchoolFlorida State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985 Articles and Notes Editor, Florida State University College of Law
 
Admitted1985, Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; Supreme Court of the United States
 
Memberships Palm Beach County Bar Association (Member, 1998-Present; Former Business Court Committee; Former Chairperson, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee); Florida Association of Women Lawyers (Member, Palm Beach Chapter).
 
BornApril 9, 1959
 
Biography

Bridget A. Berry counsels clients relating to business disputes, and advocates on behalf of clients in jury and non-jury, state and federal court actions, arbitrations and administrative proceedings.

Bridget regularly counsels employers relating to: federal and state laws and regulations; gender, age and disability discrimination claims; harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation claims; wage and hour claims; and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) investigations and proceedings.

Areas of Concentration

· Represents employers in various industries, including: financial institutions, hotels, resorts and clubs, real estate, e-learning or online education, retail, aviation, and servant/cleaning, in wage and hour claims, discrimination claims and other employment litigation and administrative proceedings.

· Handles injunction actions and litigates trade secret and employment restrictive covenant disputes.

· Handles complex title insurance matters including closing protection letter disputes, coverage disputes, defalcation actions, title and closing agent disputes, fraud and forgery.

· Litigates real estate disputes including lender and construction lien foreclosures and development litigation and disputes relating to low income housing developments and investments therein.

· Represents owners of commercial and residential property in tax appeals.

Professional & Community Involvement

· United Way of Palm Beach County, 1996-Present
- General Counsel to United Way, 2002-2006
- Member of Board of Directors, 2002-2013
- Member of Executive Committee, 2002-2010
- Campaign Cabinet 2006-2007; Campaign Committee 2010-2012
-- Chair 2010-2012, Leadership Circle (donors giving $1,000 and above annually)
- Chair of Improving the Lives of Seniors Impact Area, 2006-2009
- Community Impact Steering Committee Member, 2009-2012
-- Initiatives, Grants, and Contracts Subcommittee
- Sub-Committee for Agency Affiliation, 2010
- Women's Leadership Counsel, 2008
- Member of Oversight Committee, 2006-2009
- Member of Strategic Planning Task Force Committee, 2006-2012

· Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
- Founder and Chair, Greenberg Traurig Independent Living Review Program (representing children aging out of foster care)
- Active Member, Juvenile Advocacy Project, 1993-Present (representing children through age 18 in Juvenile Court (dependency and delinquency matters, adoption and foster care); Family Court and Probate Court.

· Member, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1985-Present
- Former Business Court Committee
- Former Chairperson, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
- Former Liaison, Diversity Mentoring Committee

· Member, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Palm Beach Chapter

· Member, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Palm Beach County

· Member, Notre Dame Club of the Palm Beaches

· Member, Board of Directors, Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1988-1989

· Judge, Palm Beach/Martin County Pathfinders Scholarship Fund Awards (history and political science category), Palm Beach Post, 2008-2013

· Chair, "Raise the Bar" event to benefit the Girl's Leadership Institute, Woman's Foundation of Palm Beach County, 2011

Awards & Recognition

· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Construction; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Litigation - Real Estate, 2012-2014

· Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers," Labor & Employment, 2013

· Recipient, "Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award," Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Florida Bar Association, 2013

· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2012-2013

· Listed, Marquis Who's Who and Marquis Who's Who in America, 2012

· Recipient, "Juvenile Law Award," Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, 2011

· Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011

· Team Member, Firm Award (for Independent Living Review Project), Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, 2011

· Recipient, "Mentor of the Year Award," Greenberg Traurig Second Annual Outstanding Pro Bono Service Awards, 2010

· Team Member, "Office of the Year Award" (for Independent Living Review Project), Greenberg Traurig, 2010

· Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™

· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

Professional Experience

Significant Representations

· In dispute involving litigation in U.S. and Europe against clients, affiliated companies and their officers and directors spanning a period of twelve years, obtained Florida state court jury verdict for clients on breach of contract claims and defeated employee's counterclaim for over $200 million in damages on fraud, racketeering, conspiracy and other claims.

· Obtained state court jury verdict and attorneys' fees award for condominium unit owners against condominium association for breach of statutory and common law duties to maintain condominium property.

· Obtained federal court jury verdict for $3 million in compensatory damages and an additional $1.5 million against each of three defendants in a case involving fraudulent inducement and conduct in violation of the Federal Securities Act.

· Defended commercial shopping center owners in litigation brought by neighboring residential property owners, obtaining partial judgments resulting in settlement favorable to client.

· Defended credit card transaction processor in action relating to merchant accounts and chargeback transactions on internet sales, resulting in settlement favorable to client.

Noteworthy Experience

· Transactional law and litigation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1990-1991

Internship

· Internship with Chief Justice Boyd, Supreme Court of Florida, 1984-1985

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

· Speaker, "Social Media in the Workplace," Employment Law Update, Sterling Education Services, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, October 2011; August 2013

· Speaker, "Commercial Litigation" and "Commercial Trial Advocacy" panels, Bench Bar Conference, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2010; Commercial Litigation Panel, 2013

· Adjunct Professor, Palm Beach Atlantic College, MBA Program, Legal Environment of Business Course, 1999, 2000

 (Also at Boca Raton Office)

 
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Bridget A. Berry

777 South Flagler Drive, Suite 300 East
West Palm BeachFL 33401




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