Bertha L. Burruezo, Esq.
Attorney & Counselor at Law, Professional Life Coach
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.
STRATEGIC INTERVENTION BUSINESS & EXECUTIVE COACHING
Bertha, a Business & Executive Coach, is a student of Tony Robbins’ Strategic Intervention (SI) Coaching program. Throughout her law practice, Bertha has witnessed first hand how conflict — and the emotions that feed conflict — can oftentimes escalate to serve only one purpose: the destruction of the other side. While destruction of the other might create temporary satisfaction, long-term solutions demand other more positive, proactive strategies.
Bertha’s SI business clients demand goals that are dedicated to extracting the most practical and effective forms of strategic action and communication. As such, she is able to utilize SI tools that resolve individual, organizational and cultural paradoxes that would otherwise lead to internal conflict and blocked initiative.
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
• Member, The Florida Bar, 2002-Present
• Member, Orange County Bar Association, 2002-Present
• Member, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, 2012
• Member, Hispanic Chamber Leads Group, 2012-2013
• Member, Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, 2012-Present
• Bikram Yoga Aficionado
FAMILY & EDUCATION
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.
SUBSTANTIVE LEGAL AREAS
After nearly 15 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, WORKSHOPS & AUDITS
• Supervisor Training • Business Practices Audits • Employment Polciies & Procedures