Andrea R. Bernstein Counsel
Andrea is Counsel in the Labor and Employment practice at SWA. Her practice focuses on counseling U.S. and Israel-based clients on all facets of U.S. employment law.
Andrea has more than 15 years of experience in counseling Human Resources personnel and in-house counsel on legal compliance and risk avoidance issues in the employment law context. She also has broad experience in litigating employment cases on behalf of employers, with a particular emphasis on litigation of restrictive covenants, wage and hour matters, and discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.
Andrea was recognized by Chambers USA in Associates to Watch for Labor & Employment in 2012 and by was awarded Commendation for Excellent Research by U.S. Legal 500.
- Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude) 1998
- Emory University (B.A., summa cum laude) 1995
- Shareholder, Fowler White Burnett, Florida
- Associate, Proskauer Rose LLP, Florida
- Associate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, New York
- New York
- Foreign Lawyer, Israel
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
- Advising clients with respect to all stages of the employment relationship from the interview to separation, and preparing offer letters, non-competition, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements, disciplinary warnings, termination notices, and severance agreements.
- Advising Israeli-based companies on all aspects of United States employment law as they make their initial expansion into the U.S. market.
- Counseling employers regarding the creation and implementation of personnel practices, including drafting employee handbooks and policies.
- Conducting wage and hour audits to review employee FLSA classifications.
- Defending employers in litigation involving non-compete, FLSA, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Equal Pay Act, and whistleblower claims in federal and state court and in front of federal, state and local administrative agencies.
- Counseling non-union workplaces with respect to certain compliance obligations under the National Labor Relations Act.
- Training management personnel as to best practices for the supervision of employees and preparation of employee performance reviews.