Dena H. Sokolow has more than 25 years of experience counseling and defending employers and management on a wide range of labor and employment matters. Dena’s litigation experience includes arbitrations, class/collective actions, single and multiple plaintiff lawsuits, administrative proceedings involving employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, state whistleblower claims and common law claims. With a practice spanning Florida, Georgia, Alabama and beyond, Dena has handled virtually every type of employment law issue. Dena’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.
Dena partners with her clients to best position them to avoid employment law claims or, at a minimum, put the company in the strongest position to defend such claims. Dena is frequently asked to both speak and write/contribute to articles on employment law issues. She also conducts customized management and employee training on a variety of topics that are specifically tailored to each employer’s policies, practices and particular needs. Dena regularly works with her clients to audit their employment practices and policies to ensure compliance with federal and state employment legal requirements.
One focus area of her practice is representing and counseling her clients on federal and state wage and hour issues. Dena represents employers in both single plaintiff and collective action cases as well as Department of Labor audits. She has successfully negotiated significant savings and benefits on behalf of her clients who were found by the DOL to have wage and hour violations. Dena works closely with her clients to ensure compliance with federal and state wage and hour laws and assists them, when necessary, in implementing changes and transitions. She reviews such issues as pay classification, calculations of overtime pay, and pay equity.
Before entering law school, Dena was an HR generalist at a staffing company, and during her legal career she owned and ran an HR consulting business. Dena has spent her entire career working in, with or for human resources.