Denise L. Wheeler

is a Lawyer in Fort Myers, FL

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Peer Rating  4.6/5.0 AV®Preeminent

(239) 338-4259

Areas of Law

  • ......................... 34%Labor & Employment Litigation
  • ......................... 33%Employee Benefits
  • ......................... 33%Employment Services

Contact Information

Currently Employed At 2320 First Street, Suite 1000
Fort Myers, FL 33901-3419
Phone (239) 338-4259

Overall Peer Rating

in Labor and Employment, Additional Rated Practice Areas

4.6 out of 5

  • 5.0Legal Knowledge...........................
  • 5.0Analytical Capabilities...................
  • 5.0Judgment.....................................
  • 4.0Communication Ability..................
  • 5.0Legal Experience..........................
  • Meets Very High Criteria of General Ethical Standards
  • 5 out of 5.0 Posted on April 24, 2012

    She is a great lawyer and serves her clients well.

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  • 5 out of 5.0 Posted on April 16, 2012

    She worked with me when she first started out. She is an excellent employment litigator

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  • 5 out of 5.0 Posted on April 16, 2012

    I have worked with Denise for over 12 years as a colleague as well as a client. Her legal knowledge and acumen are excellent. She exemplifies professionalism and ethics.

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  • 5 out of 5.0 Posted on April 16, 2012

    Denise is very knowledgeable in her field and represents her clients well.

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  • 5 out of 5.0 Posted on April 16, 2012

    I have known Denise for a number of years, having worked with her at MacFarlane Ferguson when I first started practicing. I know Denise to be a competent, capable, honest, dedicated attorney who more than deserves an AV rating from Martindale. I have every confidence that all of the attorneys and judges whom you ask will say the same thing. If I can otherwise provide you with additional information regarding Denise and why she deserves to be AV rated, please feel free to contact me.

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Experience & Credentials

Admission Details1994, Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. Supreme Court
EducationUniversity of South Florida, B.S., 1991; Stetson University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1994
Birth InformationDes Moines, Iowa, 1969
Associations & MembershipsLee County Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; American Bar Association (Member, Employment Law Section); Lee County Association for Women Lawyers (Vice President, 2005-2006; President, 2006-2008); Academy of Florida Management Attorneys.

United States District Court, Middle District, Grievance Committee
CertificationsFlorida Bar Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law
Awards & RecognitionAV Pre-eminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine, 2006, 2009; ranked in the top 2% of practicing Florida Bar Members

Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2010; listed as one of the Top 50 Female Lawyers in 2007, 2010

40 Under 40, Gulf Coast Business Review, 2006

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law - Management (2010-2011)
Speaking Engagements"Big Brother is Watching - Emerging Privacy Issues for Employers," Speaker, HR Florida Conference, August 2009

"FLSA/State Wage and Hour and FMLA Changes and New Proposed Regulations: What You Need To Know To Comply," Speaker, Employment Law Update, April 2009

"Legislative & Administrative Update," Speaker, American Society of Safety Engineers Florida Suncoast Chapter, June 2008

"Legislative & Administrative Update," Speaker, Rotary Club of Cape Coral, May 2008

"Legislative & Administrative Update," Speaker, Southwest Florida Roofing Contractors Association, May 2008

"Legislative and Administrative Update: Recent & Upcoming Events," Speaker, Southwest Florida Risk & Insurance Management Society, March 2008

"Employment Litigation Process: Legal and Practical Considerations for Employers Defending Lawsuits," Speaker, Fowler White Boggs Banker Fort Myers Employment Law Seminar, Economic Downturn: Obstacle or Opportunity for Employers?, January 2008

"Coping with Leave Laws," Speaker, Sterling Education Services, December 2007

"The Latest Interpretations of Current Employment Law," Speaker, Sterling Education Services, December 2007

"Top 10 Employment Myths/Misconceptions," Speaker, Manatee Medical Society, May 2006

"How to Keep a Firing from Backfiring," Speaker, Charlotte County Medical Society, April 2006

"Non-Competition Agreements and Covenants in the Healthcare Industry," Speaker, Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center, March 2006

"Preparing to Weather the Storm," Speaker, Collier County Medical Society, January 2006

"Top 10 Employment Myths/Misconceptions," Speaker, Lee County Alliance of Legal Professionals, November 2005

"How to Define Legal Job Criteria and Legally Fund Aid Quality Applicants," Speaker, Sterling Education Services, Inc., May 2005

"Overview of Confidentiality Agreement, Non-Compete Agreements and Non-Solicitation Agreements," Speaker, Sterling Education Services, Inc., May 2005

"The Termination Process," Speaker, Sterling Education Services, Inc., May 2005

"Employment Law for Medical Practices, What Every Practitioner Should Know," Speaker, The Florida Bar Annual Meeting, January 2005

"Minimizing Litigation Risks When Disciplining and Terminating Employees," Speaker, Employment Law Certificate Program for HR Professionals, Council on Education in Management, December 2004

"Family and Medical Leave Act," Speaker, Half Moon, LLC, April 2001
Civil AssociationsVoices for Kids of Southwest Florida, Board of Directors, 2009-present

Horizon Council, Member-At-Large, 2007-2009

Ave Maria School of Law: Member, Leadership Council, 2008

United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades County, Board of Directors
Publications"Employers Can Save Green By Recycling Employees," Guest Column, Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 2, 2010

"Going After Gossip," Author, Workforce Management Online, July 2009

"Recent Legislative Changes - What Are a Physician's Obligations Under the Family Medical Leave Act," M.D. NewsMagazine, April 2008

Featured in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Counsel to Counsel Magazine, May 2008
Additional Bio DetailsDenise L. Wheeler is a Board Certified Labor and Employment Lawyers whose practice focuses on representing employers in all types of employment law issues. She has extensive experience in defending employers in lawsuits brought by employees in both state and federal courts involving discrimination laws, employment contacts, wage and hour claims, non-compete issues, wrongful termination, retaliation, whistle blower, employee benefits, union and collective bargaining issues, OSHA, minimum wage and overtime claims and general personnel matters. She also counsels management in preventive measures, handbooks and policies, liability avoidance, documentation and employee discipline advice, investigations, training, and compliance with federal, state and local employment laws.

Office Information

Denise L. Wheeler
2320 First Street, Suite 1000
Fort Myers, FL 33901-3419