Anna Lazarus

  • Miami

Anna’s practice focuses on general and complex civil litigation.

Anna has extensive experience in labor and employment law matters, as well as commercial and insurance disputes, with an emphasis on the defense of employers against allegations of discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, age, and religion; sexual harassment; retaliation; and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Family and Medical Leave Act. Anna has represented employers in the enforcement of non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants and prepared employee handbooks and personnel policies.

Anna is a contributing author to the Hunton Employment & Labor Law Perspectives blog. She was a summer associate with Hunton & Williams, and prior to that served as an intern to the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Tennessee. She is admitted to practice in the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Relevant Experience

  • Successfully defended employers in federal courts, including: a defense verdict in a federal jury trial on FLSA overtime claims brought against two international restaurant corporations (second chair; argued key pre-trial motions) and a defense summary judgment dismissing minimum wage and § 203(m) tip credit claims.
  • Represented large employers in in nationwide FLSA collective actions.
  • Defended numerous charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and comparable state agencies.
  • Defended large corporations in various race, gender, and retaliation lawsuits brought by individual or joint plaintiffs
  • Authored successful appellate briefs, in state and federal courts, including defending defense verdict in ERISA denial of benefits case, defending defense verdict in retaliation claim against air carrier, and defending order staying action in favor of arbitration under Federal Arbitration Act.
  • Successfully represented insurance clients in trial court and appellate court proceedings concerning coverage disputes, including the number of occurrences at issue and the interplay of state sovereign immunity statute and self-insured retention.