After practicing insurance-defense law for several years, Bertha began focusing her practice in the area of workplace law. Bertha served as an Associate with the Orlando Office of Fisher & Phillips, LLP, a national law firm representing management exclusively in labor, employment, immigration and benefits law and related litigation. In 2007, after gaining experience in various areas of labor and employment law, Bertha opened her own law firm to focus primarily on the representation of small businesses and employees.
Bertha has owned and operated her own small businesses, and understands the challenges that business people encounter. Bertha has a unique ability to creatively resolve issues in a thoughtful and collaborative way.
Admitted To Practice
2002, Florida State Bar
2002, Middle District of Florida
2003, Southern District of Florida
2002, Northern District of Florida
2016, U.S. Supreme Court
Stetson University (Juris Doctor, May 2002)
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Master’s In Secondary Education, May 1997)
Florida State University (Bachelor of Arts, May, 1996)
Professional & Community Affiliations
• Member, The Florida Bar, 2002-Present
• Member, Hillsborough Bar Association, 2022 – Present
• Member, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Tampa, 2022 – Present
• Member, National Employment Law Council, 2018 – Present
• Member, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 2022 – Present
• Member, Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, 2022 – Present
• Member, Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council, 2017 – Present
• Member, Orange County Bar Association, 2002-2021
• Member, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, 2012
• Member, Hispanic Chamber Leads Group, 2012-2013
• Member, Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, 2012-2021
• Bikram Yoga Aficionado
Substantive Legal Areas
After nearly 20 years of practice, Bertha now dedicates her services to providing pro-active, holistic, and balanced solutions for both employers and employees in the many areas of workplace law. Her practice areas include:
- Race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, veteran status and sexual orientation discrimination
- Sexual and other harassment
- Retaliation & Whistleblower
- Wage & Hour
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
- Equal Pay Act of 1973
- Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992
- Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
- Family & Medical Leave Act of 1993
- Florida Whistleblower Law
- Florida Unpaid Wages Law
Training, Audits, And Workshops
- Supervisor Training
- Business Practices Audits
- Employment Policies & Procedures
Bertha, a native of Daytona Beach, Florida, has Central-American roots. Bertha’s father hails from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, while her mother originates from El Salvador. Bertha’s paternal grandmother, Trinidad, emigrated to the United States in the 1960s and, after years of hard work and study, became a nurse, a profession she practiced for more than 25 years. Trinidad’s perseverance served as a point of encouragement for the rest of her family, especially Bertha. Bertha started her college studies in Daytona Beach, earning an Associate of Arts Degree from Daytona Beach Community College. Bertha subsequently obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida State University, and a Master’s Degree from Florida A&M University. After teaching middle school students for several years, Bertha returned to school to earn a Law Degree in 2002 from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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