Joseph Santoro is a shareholder who joined the firm in 2002. Joe is the co-chair of Gunster’s Labor & Employment practice group. He is an experienced trial lawyer and trusted advisor who represents clients in every phase of the employment relationship, from day-to-day counseling, to administrative proceedings, to employment litigation. Joe also represents business clients in other commercial disputes and litigation matters.
Although Joe has diverse litigation experience, his practice focuses primarily on defending business clients and executives in employment related disputes including executive contract disputes, non-compete litigation, discrimination and harassment cases, wage and hour litigation, whistleblower claims, wrongful termination cases, employee leave claims, and employee theft and trade secret litigation.
Joe’s courtroom experience makes him a trusted counselor and advisor to clients, who understand that knowing what it takes to successfully defend cases in court is crucial to making correct employment decisions so that costly litigation can be avoided. Joe’s experience allows him to provide valuable advice, counseling and training to business clients regarding a full array of labor and employment issues including wage and hour compliance, Department of Labor audits, reductions in force and plant closings, workplace diversity and non-discrimination, sexual harassment prevention and compliance, employee leave requests under the FMLA, and disability accommodations. In addition, Joe works with clients on preparing employment agreements, non-competition agreements, employee handbooks and policies, and other documents that are essential to maintaining corporate best practices in the area of labor and employment law. Joe also represents management in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
In 1925, Florida was entirely different. There were no major league sports teams and no scenic U.S. Highway 1.
There was, however, a law firm in West Palm Beach that believed in something exceptional. As Florida’s law firm for business, Gunster set out to provide sound legal advice and then some: to work with clients as partners. To devise better strategies and minimize risk. To help companies build value.
Over 90 years later, Gunster’s nearly 400 committed attorneys and staff serve our clients by being statewide and state wise. Times may have changed, but our purpose remains right on track.
At Gunster, our approach to service can be described with a simple statement: to exceed expectations. Easy to say, yet not always easy to do. Nevertheless, we’ve built our business and our reputation striving to do so, one case at a time for nearly a century.
Clients who get to know Gunster realize one thing in a hurry: we attract and cultivate attorneys who want to go above and beyond. What’s the best way to preserve a family’s estate? Counsel them for generations. How about a conservation case? Wade our way through swamp water. A business litigation matter? We’ll swim with the sharks — and the dolphins. Gunster is ready, eager in fact, to introduce you to our tradition of individualized service.
At Gunster, Florida is more than a place of business; it’s who we are. We’re deeply invested in our state. Our clients know their law firm is woven into the fabric of the community through government, business and philanthropic pursuits. We are committed to providing leadership and outreach by offering both time and resources to important causes.
Gunster’s corporate commitment to its employees isn’t new or taken lightly. Determined to provide an optimal work environment, we promote the health and safety of our employees, enhance the quality of life in our communities and embrace green practices that protect our environment.
It’s all part of Gunster’s corporate culture. And who we are as neighbors. Simply put, Gunster is committed to Florida and our clients’ stake in it.
Gunster is persistent in earning the respect of our clients. We accomplish this by striving to be one of the most efficient law firms in Florida.
Since the beginning, we planned our strategic growth around the ability to tackle any job for our clients.
Our wide and diverse areas of practice allow us to be collaborative, representing many aspects of business law including: litigation, real estate, environmental and land use, corporate and securities, labor and employment, tax, immigration and government affairs. With offices networked across the state, we’re linked together as one practice.
We represent industries from health care to financial services, with bar admissions from Florida to California, positioning Gunster to serve no matter how complicated or nontraditional the matter. In fact, we welcome the most complex of matters. In an expanding economy, our global network affiliations take our practices well beyond the state we know so well, providing an important international reach for our clients.