Mr. Gonyea is a seasoned labor and employment attorney, trial and appellate lawyer with extensive experience in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration proceedings. He represents both public and private entities and individuals throughout the state of Florida and has handled hundreds of legal matters during his career. Additionally, Mr. Gonyea counsels public, private and not-for-profit entities and Boards in matters concerning corporate compliance, labor relations, and employee benefits. His practice areas likewise include Director and Officer Liability and Error and Omission Liability, representing corporations, condominium and homeowner associations and individuals in corporate and commercial litigation, including construction law, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract matters. Mr. Gonyea’s practice involves all areas of labor and employment law, including the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII and its state and local counterparts, age discrimination and Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, WARN Act, USERRA, ERISA, FMLA, benefits compliance, non-compete and trade secret agreements, public and private whistleblower claims, labor unions and employee pension funds, collective bargaining and arbitration of labor disputes under the National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor investigations and disputes, employment contracts, and EEOC administrative proceedings. Mr. Gonyea has represented the City of Tampa Fire and Police Pension Fund in litigation matters since 2004 and in 2012 was named the Fund’s Interim General Counsel.
He has given numerous presentations to organizations, bar associations and corporate clients regarding various corporate and employment related topics, including discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, employee handbooks, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Workers’ Compensation Retaliation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, employee benefits, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, among others. In September 2013, he was a guest speaker at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms’ Annual Meeting.