Ahr Esq., Kristin

Kristin Ahr has been practicing law in Florida for over twenty years, and focuses her practice on employment litigation and compliance, and commercial litigation.

She serves as counsel to a broad range of clients, public and private, in both federal and state courts, as well as before administrative agencies, and alternative dispute resolution forums.

Ahr represents local, national and international businesses, management and individuals in employment related matters including discrimination and harassment and claims involving age, disability, race, sex, pregnancy, religion, marital status and national origin under federal, state and local laws, as well as claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state and federal whistle-blower statutes. Ahr has experience in cases involving breaches of restrictive covenants (non-compete and non-solicitation), misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference and claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

Ahr regularly advises clients on, and helps implement best practices, as well as maintain compliance in their workplace by counseling on employment policies. She also conducts management and employee training, employee discipline, internal investigations, wage and hour audits and litigation avoidance. Ahr assists employers in drafting employee handbooks, employment contracts, non-compete agreements and severance agreements. Ahr keeps abreast of new technology and legislation related to employment law, and can assist in drafting Social Media policies, Bring Your Own Device policies (BYOD), sexual harassment policies, drug testing policies and responding to and reporting data breaches under state and federal law, as well as assisting with FLSA audits and compliance issues.

A sample of noteworthy experience includes:

  • Representation of company management in union grievances and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) investigations.
  • Successful defense of a national pharmacy chain against retaliation and claims of failure to accommodate brought by an employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Defense of employers against claims of FLSA and minimum wage violations including retaliation claims.
  • Handled all employment agreements for a leading television production/ distribution studio’s acquisition of a digital marketing and communications company targeting the Latin American market.

 

A frequent writer and speaker on topics related to labor and employment, Ahr has given many presentations, including one to the Palm Beach County Medical Society on non-compete agreements and employment agreements. She has also conducted national webinars on e-discovery in employment law. She is also well-versed to speak and advise on Public ADA Accommodations, including website/online accommodations.

Bar Membership

Florida

Courts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Education

Boston College
Boston, MA, 1992
B.A., Communications and American Studies

University of Miami School of Law
Coral Gables, FL, 1995
J.D., Juris Doctor, cum laude

Affiliations

The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism
Member

The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section
Member

The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section
Member

HR Palm Beach County
Member

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Member

All Saints Catholic School Advisory Board
Member

Palm Beach County Bar Association
Member

“Florida Legal Elite,” by Florida Trend Magazine

“Florida Super Lawyers,” Labor and Employment by Super Lawyers Magazine

“Top Lawyer,” Labor and Employment by Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine

“What Employers and Employees in Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Need to Know about Computer Use and Access Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act”

“The Legal Edges of Employee Computer Use”