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.
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).