Joseph Z. Fleming: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Joseph Z. Fleming

Miami,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Environmental
  • Land Development
  • ADA, Accessibility, Building & Life Safety Codes
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Arts and Sports Law
  • Transportation
  • Aviation & Aircraft Finance
  • Climate Change
Contact InfoTelephone: 305.579.0517
Fax: 305.579.0717
University University of Florida, B.A., English, 1962
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1965; New York University School of Law, LL.M., Labor Law, with Dean's Letter, 1966
Admitted1965, Florida; 1981, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; 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; U.S. Court of International Trade
Memberships American Law Institute American Bar Association - ALI-ABA (Chair, Course on The Law of the Workplace Environment, 2004; Chair, Course on Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law, 2006; Chair and Founding Chair, Historic Preservation on Historic Preservation Law; Co-Chair and Founding Chair, Course on Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, 2005); National Center for Preservation Law (Past Member, Board of Directors); The Florida Bar (Past Chair, Sections on: Environmental and Land Use Section; Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section; Labor and Employment Law Section); American Bar Association (Past Chair, Emerging Issues Committee and Past Section Council Member, State and Local Government Law Section); America Arbitration Association (Member, Miami Employment Advisory Council and Arbitrators Panel).

BornMiami, Florida, January 30, 1941

Joe Fleming is an experienced litigator and labor and employment lawyer who represents a diverse group of clients, including governmental entities, national and international airlines, utilities companies, land developers and mining interests in issues of labor and employment matters, workplace safety, hazardous-waste regulatory and insurance matters, environmental and land use, and complex international litigation. In addition, he has worked in the entertainment, arts and sports law areas.

Joe has had wide-ranging litigation experience in ADA litigation (ADA, Title II and III litigation). His labor and employment practice involves representation of management in matters involving:

· Opposition to union organizational efforts

· Collective bargaining negotiations

· Representation in arbitration proceedings and in enforcement of collective bargaining agreements

· Affirmative action and equal opportunity compliance and related administrative and judicial proceedings

· Defending management decisions in labor and employment discrimination cases (in civil rights discrimination, age, disability, wage and hour, occupational safety and hazard, workplace environment, defamation and other labor and employment related claims)

· Related complex litigation (including the Railway Labor Act, National Labor Relations Act, ERISA and RICO-related litigation).

Areas of Concentration

· Labor and employment

· Environmental, land use and natural resources

· Entertainment

· Arts and sports law

· Intellectual property

· Defamation law

· Media law

· Constitutional law

· ADA, accessibility, building, life safety codes

Significant Representations

· Represented Christo and Jeanne-Claude in connection with the permitting and litigation involving the "Surrounded Islands Project for Biscayne Bay." Representation in connection with federal, state, regional, county, and local government permitting and representation in the United States federal district court litigation involving federal statutory permitting, resulting in judicial approval of the ability to proceed with the project.

· Represented governmental, historic preservation and conservation groups on a pro bono basis and, also, developers, utilities, and manufacturing entities in federal and state administrative agency tribunals, judicial proceedings and appellate cases involving complex environmental permitting issues, including ADA compliance issues.

· Represented management in administrative and judicial trials and appellate cases relating to labor and employment laws and environmental laws, and advised management on labor, employment and environmental transactional issues involving acquiring and selling companies.

· Served as an Arbitrator in commercial, employment and environmental arbitration cases and arbitrated numerous cases on behalf of management.

Professional & Community Involvement

· Chair-Elect, Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section, Florida Bar

· Board of Directors, New World Symphony

· Board of Trustees, Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity, Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami

· Board Member, Miami-Dade and Broward Chapter of the American Jewish Committee

· Member, National Legal Committee of the American Jewish Committee

· Member, College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Inc., American Bar Association

· Member, American Law Institute American Bar Association (ALI-ABA)

· Member, Advisory Group on Labor Law for the Committee on Continuing Professional Education (one of six labor and employment lawyers selected in the United States)

· Chair, ALI-ABA's Course on The Law of the Workplace Environment (November 2004 in Washington, D.C.)

· Chair, ALI-ABA's Course on Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law (continuing course next scheduled for Spring, 2006 in Washington, D.C.)

· Co-Chair (and Founding Chair), Historic Preservation on Historic Preservation Law program, sponsored by the ALI-ABA and the National Trust (continuing course next scheduled for Fall, 2005 in Washington, D.C.)

· Co-Chair (and Founding Chair), ALI-ABA's Course on Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law (continuing course next scheduled for January 2005 in Los Angeles)

· Former Member, Board of Directors, National Center for Preservation Law

· Former Chair of the following Florida Bar Sections: the Environmental and Land Use Section; the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section; and the Labor and Employment Law Section

· Former Chair, Emerging Issues Committee, American Bar Association's State and Local Government Law Section (and Past Section Council Member)

· Member, America Arbitration Association's Miami Employment Advisory Council and the AAA's Arbitrators Panel

Awards & Recognition

· Listed, U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year," Entertainment Law - Music, 2011-2012

· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2012

· Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers in South Florida," 2004-2005, 2010-2012

· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law - Litigation and Management; Sports and Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television; Environmental Law - Litigation; Land Use and Zoning Law - Litigation; Water Law, 1983-2012

· Listed, Chambers USA Guide, National, Employment Law, 2003-2012

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

· Listed, Florida Trend magazine "Legal Elite," Employment Law, 2004-2008, 2010

· Certified, specialist in Labor and Employment Law, The Florida Bar

· Honored, The Florida Audubon Society, the Tropical Audubon Society and 1,000 Friends of Florida and other non-profit organizations for efforts on behalf of conservation and protection of coastal lands in numerous cases including:

- Representation in environmental litigation enabling the protection of Cross Creek.

- Representation in numerous matters including obtaining the first 404(c) Clean Water Act Veto by the EPA of a United States Army Corps of Engineers permit.

- Represented a non-profit entity suing the United States and its agencies, the State of Florida, Dade County and the City of Miami Beach to obtain the right to proceed with an experiment that would eliminate secondary treatment pursuant to the provisions of the Clean Water Act in connection with RITE-Research Improves the Environment v. Costle, 65o F.2d 1312 (5th Cir.1981).

· Honored, Progressive Magazine for work on the Miami Beach "Art Deco" Historic District Preservation Plan and representation in administrative and governmental and judicial proceedings ultimately to enable the protection of the District.

· Listed, Who's Who in American Law, and in Best Lawyers in America (past and current editions, listed in Labor and Employment, Environmental Law and Entertainment Law)

· Listed, The International Who's Who of Management Labor & Employment Lawyers

· Rated, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


· Author, "Management Law: What are Management's Rights, and How Can They be Used in Your Business?" Smart Business Miami, October 2005

· Co-Author, "Analysis of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)," Florida Environmental and Land Use Law, Florida Bar, 2004-2005

· Author, "Title IX From The Rose Crew to Gutter: The Law and Literature of Sports," 14 Fordham Intel. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 793, 2004

· Author, "The Untied States," An Analysis of Federal Maritime Commission v. South Carolina Ports Authority, 34 URB. LAW 859 (The National Quarterly on Local Government Law of the Urban, State and Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association) No. 4, Fall 2002

· Author, "Mt. Healthy, Causation, and Affirmative Defenses," 51 Mercer Law Rev. 637, Winter 2000


· Lecturer and author of articles relating to labor and employment, environmental and entertainment litigation for The Florida Bar, The American Bar Association and ALI-ABA

· Lecturer at numerous seminars, and author of numerous articles and published chapters in books on labor, employment and environmental law including: Railway Labor Act, Bureau of National Affairs [BNA], International Labor and Employment Law [BNA Supplement]


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Joseph Z. Fleming

333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400
MiamiFL 33131


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