Williams Parker Attorneys at Law Sarasota Attorneys

Kimberly Page Walker

Attorney

Kimberly Page Walker

Kim is a board certified expert in labor and employment law.

She chairs the firm's Labor & Employment practice representing employers, including private, public, for profit, and not-for-profit entities.

Kim specializes in representing employers in employee-related litigation and providing practical, effective risk management advice.

Representative labor and employment risk management matters include:

  • Daily assistance to employers with the management of human resources matters, including compliance obligations associated with interviewing and hiring, performance deficiencies and evaluations, accommodations, responses to complaints, layoffs and discharges, and severance arrangements
  • Preparation and analysis of employment-related agreements, communications, and policies, including employment offer letters, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, releases, employee leasing contracts, and handbooks
  • Review and audit of labor and employment compliance to expose and address unnecessary risk
  • Assistance with regulatory compliance and interaction with various agencies, (involving ADA, ADAA, FMLA, ADEA, OWBPA, Title VII, FLSA, HIPAA, EPA, WARN, GINA, USERRA, and FCRA)
  • Training to management and employees regarding creating and maintaining a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and harassment
  • Counsel regarding regulation of unions and union professionals (e.g., NLRA, PERA)
  • Service as Board Counsel

Representative labor and employment litigation matters include:

  • Representation of employers in harassment and discrimination claims brought under the Florida and Federal civil rights and anti-discrimination acts (e.g., ADA, FMLA, ADEA, Title VII, and FLSA) and claims filed with the EEOC, FCHR, DOL, OSHA, private and public arbitration and mediation, and Florida and Federal courts; Won summary judgment for school in whistle-blower claim filed by former accounting employee fired for performance; Won summary judgments in Federal court for public employer wrongfully sued for age discrimination and national origin discrimination following layoffs; Won directed verdict for employer sued for wrongful termination by former employee;  Won summary judgment in state law tort claims filed by former public employee; Received EEOC “No Cause found” findings in claims filed by 9 similarly situated employees against a multi-state employer; Obtained EEOC and DOL internal reversals of preliminary negative decisions against employers; Successfully resolved collective action FLSA claims against employers; Successfully prevented large entity from obtaining a tortious interference based injunction against local employer’s hiring of employee with over-reaching restrictive covenant; Successfully obtained dismissals of multiple other claims against employers
  • Representation of employers in enforcement of employment-related agreements (e.g., employment offer letters, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, releases, and employee leasing contracts)

Kim is a lecturer and educator on labor and employment issues, providing lectures for individual clients as well as for the Florida Bar, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Community Foundation of Sarasota, the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce, the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, Lorman Seminars, and the Council on Education in Management. Kim has co-authored seminar materials for the National Institute on Sexual Harassment and has been published in the General Practice Section of the Florida Bar.

Kim clerked with the firm in 1993 and joined the firm in 1994, immediately after law school. She became a shareholder in 2000.

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What is Board Certification?

Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience. Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. It is designed to help consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Only 6% of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

Labor & Employment Law Certification

The practice of labor and employment law encompasses advice and representation concerning the application and interpretation of public and private sector labor and employment law principles, and employment discrimination and employment-related civil rights law.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of Florida College of Law
  • B.A., University of Florida, Phi Beta Kappa; Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary

PRACTICES

ADMISSIONS & LICENSURE

  • Bar

    • Florida, Board Certified in Labor & Employment by The Florida Bar
  • Courts

    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

HONORS

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2011-2016
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2010, 2016
  • American Lawyer Media & Martindale Hubbell, Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law, 2013
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal, Top Rate Labor and Employment Law Firm, 2013

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

BAR & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, General Counsel 
  • City of Sarasota, Human Relations Board, Past Board Chair
  • Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Past Board Chair
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Past Section Chair
  • Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc., Past Board Chair
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee 12A, Past Chair
  • Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
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