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April Boyer

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April Boyer focuses her practice on employment law and complex commercial litigation where she serves as lead trial counsel for companies involved in disputes in state and federal courts, in arbitrations and before administrative agencies.  She handles all aspects of litigation including preliminary and permanent injunction hearings, evidentiary hearings, bench trials, arbitrations and jury trials.  As described in more detail in the Achievements section, Ms. Boyer has been recognized by her peers for her accomplishments, including being listed in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Labor Law-Management.  She also is an A.V. rated lawyer – the highest available rating given by Martindale Hubbell for legal ability and professional ethics.

In the area of complex commercial litigation, Ms. Boyer helps companies resolve their business disputes with competitors, customers, vendors and others with whom they conduct business.  Much of her experience relates to disputes between competitors including misappropriation of trade secret claims, breaches of non-solicitation and non-disclosure provisions contained in business contracts (such as letters of intent, purchase agreements and joint venture agreements) and tortious interference with contracts and business relationships.  She also prosecutes and defends other business dispute claims including breach of contract claims, violations of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, consumer fraud, slander/defamation and other civil disputes. 

In the area of employment law, she defends employers faced with employment law disputes such as wage and hour claims, discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation lawsuits, whistleblower actions, and ERISA fiduciary duty claims.  Ms. Boyer also has significant experience litigating misappropriation of trade secrets claims and breaches of restrictive covenants (e.g., non-compete, non-solicit and non-disclosure agreements).  As lead counsel, Ms. Boyer has handled a myriad of restrictive covenant/trade secret injunction proceedings.  While most of these cases resolve at the injunction phase, Ms. Boyer served as lead counsel for the plaintiff/competitor in a jury trial where the plaintiff was awarded compensatory and punitive damages for breach of its restrictive covenants and tortious interference by competitor with those contracts. 

In addition to resolving employment disputes when they occur, Ms. Boyer counsels her clients on employment issues before they become disputes.  In the area of restrictive covenants and trade secrets, Ms. Boyer drafts and interprets the enforceability of contracts containing these provisions. Ms. Boyer also trains and counsels employers on making day-to-day employment decisions to ensure compliance with applicable employment laws and regulations.  She also assists employers in conducting internal audits to ensure legal compliance, and she represents employers when being audited by state and federal regulatory agencies. She also advises companies and their Officers and Directors in company investigations (including ethics concerns and harassment/discrimination claims) and in corporate governance disputes.    Ms. Boyer also drafts and prepares handbooks and related policies for employers and conducts trainings on those policies.  She also counsels and trains company personnel on ethics and code of conduct compliance, diversity training and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Boyer was in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1996 to 2001, with a practice in the areas of employment law, complex commercial litigation, civil rights discrimination, and white-collar criminal law. In 2001, Ms. Boyer relocated to Miami, Florida and joined K&L Gates.

Ms. Boyer speaks regularly on employment law issues, including providing presentations to the Dade County Bar Association (Bench & Bar Conference), internal and external K&L Gates CLE courses, the Greater Miami Chapter of the Society for Human Resources and serving as a faculty member for the Basic Labor and Employment Florida Bar CLE Committee. Ms. Boyer also provides interviews for various national and local media outlets, including NBC’s The Today Show, the Miami Herald, the Daily Business Review, public radio, and The Morning Show on WSFL-TV (SFL).

Achievements

  • Best Lawyers in America, Labor Law - Management, 2016
  • A.V. rated lawyer Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected to the Florida Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2006- 2007, 2009-2015
  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2013-2015
  • Legal Elite - Labor & Employment, Florida Trend magazine, 2007-2008, 2011 and 2014
  • Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award, National Association of Women Lawyers, 2013
  • Listed, Top 50 Entrepreneur in South Florida, Business Leader, 2012
  • Honoree, 40 Under 40, South Florida Business Journal, 2011
  • Top Up and Comer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2010 and 2012
  • Finalist, Key Partners Award, Legal Labor and Employment Law, South Florida Business Journal, 2006
  • Finalist, Key Partners Award, Employee Law, South Florida Business Journal, 2009
  • Honoree, 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2009
  • Finalist, Key Partners Award, Legal Labor and Employment Law, South Florida Business Journal, 2006
  • Legal Elite - Up and Comer, Florida Trend magazine, 2005-2006
  • Honoree, Heavy Hitter: Human Resources, South Florida Business Journal, 2005

Professional/Civic Activities

  • National Association for Women Lawyers
    • Member, 2007-present
    • Planning Committee for NAWL Annual Meeting
      • Co-Chair, Program Book Subcommittee, 2015
      • Co-Chair, Sponsorship Subcommittee, 2013
      • Committee Member, Sponsorship Subcommittee, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • NAWL Challenge Club, member 2015
  • Planning Committee for NAWL Mid-Year Meeting
    • Co-Chair, Marketing Subcommittee, 2013
    • Committee Member, Sponsorship Subcommittee, 2011
    • Committee Member, Logistics Subcommittee, 2011
  • Planning Committee for NAWL Miami Night of Giving Charity Event
    • Committee Chair, 2010
    • Committee Member, 2009
  • Women’s Fund of Miami Dade
    • Board of Directors, 2011-present
    • Co-chair “Raise the Bar” Charity Event, 2006-present
    • Co-Chair, Nominations Committee, 2013-present
    • Co-Chair, Ad Hoc Governance Committee, 2015-present
    • Committee Member, Development Committee, 2013-present
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar Member
  • Member, Florida Association for Women Lawyers Miami-Dade Chapter
  • Member, Women Executive Leadership
  • President, Florida Tower Condominium Association, 2004-2008
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association’s Black History Month Award Selection Committee, 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • “Seal Your Success: Master Trends in Labor and Employment Law: The Year in Review,” Presenter, National Association Women Lawyers 12th Annual General Counsel Institute, New York, November 2016
  • “Linking In: How to Enhance Your Legal Marketing, Trial, and Other Practitioner Skills Through Social Media,” Moderator, National Association Women Lawyers 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, New York, July 2016
  • “Labor and Employment: Non-Compete law,” Panelist, Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Summit, Miami, February 2017

Additional Information

Published Decisions
  • Cellco Partnership v. Kimbler, 68 So. 3d 914 (Fla. 2d DCA 2011)
  • American Maritime Officers Union v. Merriken, 981 So.2d 544 (Fla. 4 DCA 2008)
  • Fiore v. White, et al., 531 U.S. 225 (2000) (per curiam)
  • Fiore v. White, et al., 528 U.S. 23 (1999)