Zascha Blanco Abbott

Partner

Zascha.Abbott@lewisbrisbois.com

Zascha Blanco Abbott is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Zascha focuses her practice on the representation of public and private employers in labor and employment matters. She represents employers in federal and state courts in their employment law disputes. Her experience includes defending employers in a variety of employment-related lawsuits, such as claims of discrimination, hostile work environment, breach of contract claims, non-competition agreements, constitutional violations, retaliation claims, and wage and hour cases. Her experience includes representing employers in claims under Title VII, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the First Amendment, the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution, the Florida Whistleblower statute, and workers compensation retaliation claims. She also provides training on discrimination and harassment free workplace issues and on labor and employment matters. She conducts employment related audits, prepares employment policies and practices in the area of union avoidance and provides employers with guidance on labor matters. Zascha also represents employers before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations.

Zascha previously worked for a national law firm exclusively representing employers in their labor and employment matters. She also served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami, Office of the City Attorney, in the labor and employment division, representing the City’s departments in labor and employment matters.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Labor & Employment
  • ADA Compliance & Defense
  • Employment Advice & Counseling

Additional Experience

Admissions

FL

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida

Associations

  • American Bar Association, TIPS Section
  • Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Section

Awards & Honors

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • “Super Lawyer” by Florida Super Lawyers 2018, 2019, and 2020
  • "Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Outstanding Subcommittee Chair Award, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section

Professional Presentations

  • Business Survival Guide Seminar, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, October 2013
  • Legal Updates, HR Insights 2012, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, March 2012
  • Legal Updates in Labor Law, The Florida Bar Advanced Labor Topics Seminar, June 2011
  • 2011 Employment Law Overview for Law Firms and Law Practices, Annual Florida Bar Convention, 2011
  • Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act: The Perspective of the Defendant, The Florida Bar, 2009

Education

Nova Southeastern University

Juris Doctor

Florida International University

Bachelor of Business Administration

Publications

  • “4 Methods to Prevent Wage Discrimination Claims,” Financial Poise, Sep 2020
  • Chapter 12: "Motion for Summary Judgment: Defense Perspective" Sexual Harassment and Retaliation A Practical Handbook for Plaintiff and Defense, American Bar Association, 2019
  • Chapter 6: "The Use and Misuse of Statistics in Employment Litigation," American Bar Association, TIPS, The Practitioner's Guide to Defense of EPL Claims, 2018
  • Co-Author, “Recent Developments in Employment and Labor Law” 2018, American Bar Association, TIPS Law Journal, 2018
  • NLRB Changes Impacting Union and Nonunion Employers, For The Defense, DRI, June 2011
  • National Labor Relations Board Update, The Florida Bar, Advanced Labor Topics, 2011
  • An Overview of Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Laws, The Florida Bar, 2011
  • Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act: The Perspective of the Defendant, The Florida Bar, 2009

Foreign Language Capabilities

Spanish