Gail Golman Holtzman

Partner

Tampa, Florida

Gail Golman Holtzman is a partner of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, as well as the General Counsel Group. With nearly 40 years of experience, including as in-house counsel, Ms. Holtzman is a trusted advisor to employers, including Fortune 100 companies seeking to manage risk with their human capital. She has led investigations and been a national speaker on a myriad of employment topics, including discrimination, harassment, and board governance following the emergence of the #MeToo movement.

Ms. Holtzman has represented clients in a myriad of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, disability and leaves of absence, employment agreements and policies, wage & hour compliance, post-employment restrictive covenants, occupational safety and health, reductions in force, and separation agreements. In addition, Ms. Holtzman has represented clients in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, where she served as a law clerk to a Board member.

For several years, Ms. Holtzman has taken an active role in shaping the labor and employment law community, where she currently serves as Liaison from the Section of Labor & Employment Law to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and previously served as Past Section Chair to the approximately 20,000 members. She has served in a number of ABA Section leadership roles, including as a Co-Chair of and Section Liaison to the Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession Committee, renamed to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

As a recognized leading business lawyer, Ms. Holtzman is ranked in the Chambers & Partners USA guide in the “Labor & Employment” category for Florida. AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, Ms. Holtzman has been honored by her peers, being voted to the Best Lawyers in America and as one is listed as “Top Rated” by Florida Super Lawyers for Employment Litigation. Additionally, Ms. Holtzman was named a finalist as “Business Women of the Year” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

In addition, Mrs. Holtzman is Certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Civil Mediator and has served as a mediator for private and public entities. She was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and is a member of the Florida Bar and District of Columbia Bar.

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Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Leadership Roles: Past Chair Liaison to Commission on Women in the Profession Co-Chair, Third Annual Section Conference, Washington, D.C. Co-Chair, Committee on Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Trial Advocacy and Legislative Developments Subcommittee Co-Chair, Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession Committee (now Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee) Co-Chair, Mentoring Subcommittee of Marketing Committee Section Nominating Committee Co-Chair, Regional Employment Litigation Skills Training Program American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Athena Society
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Berkeley Preparatory School, Past Board Member/Officer
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
  • Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Past Board Member, Officer
  • Employee Law Forum, Steering Committee
  • Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator
  • Foundation of St. Joseph’s Hospitals Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Jewish Community Center, Past Board Member
  • Pinellas and Pasco Counties, Contract County Court Mediator
  • Supreme Court of Florida, Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Tampa Preparatory School, Past Board Member
  • The Academy of Florida Management Attorneys, Immediate Past President and Member of the Nominating Committee
  • The Florida Bar
  • William Reece Smith Inn of Court, Member

Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2017 – 2023
  • Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers – Labor & Employment, 2019 and 2021-2022
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 – present
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal, “Business Woman of the Year” Finalist, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Practice Areas

  • Employment Counseling & Litigation
  • Staffing
  • t|e General Counsel

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School J.D., 1984
  • University of Illinois M.A., 1980
  • University of Illinois B.A., 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

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