Executive Trustee Member Bio

Bridget Berry, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Litigation | Labor & Employment

Bridget A. Berry counsels clients relating to business disputes, and advocates on behalf of clients in jury and non-jury, state and federal court actions, including collective and class actions, arbitrations and administrative proceedings.

Bridget regularly counsels employers and represents local and national clients relating to: protection of trade secrets and restrictive covenants, federal and state laws and regulations; gender, age and disability discrimination claims; harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation claims; wage and hour issues; Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) investigations and proceedings; and general employment matters. Additionally, Bridget enjoys a robust general litigation practice.

Areas of Concentration
    • Industries including: sports nutrition, nutraceutical, medical, financial institutions, hotels, resorts and clubs, real estate, construction, online education, retail, aviation, and domestic help,
    • Injunction actions, confidentiality and trade secret issues and employment restrictive covenant issues
    • Real estate and financial institution disputes including lender and lien foreclosures, development litigation, and disputes relating to affordable housing developments
    • Complex title insurance matters, including closing protection letter disputes, coverage disputes, defalcation actions, title and closing agent claims, fraud and forgery claims

Significant Representations
    • In dispute involving litigation in U.S. and Europe against clients, affiliated companies and their officers and directors spanning a period of twelve years, obtained Florida state court jury verdict for multi-level marketing company and related nutrition supplement companies on breach of contract claims, and defeated employee's counterclaim for over $200 million in damages on fraud, racketeering, conspiracy and other claims.
    • Obtained state court jury verdict and attorneys' fees award for condominium unit owners against condominium association for breach of statutory and common law duties to maintain condominium property.
    • Obtained federal court jury verdict for $3 million in compensatory damages and an additional $1.5 million against each of three defendants in a case involving fraudulent inducement and conduct in violation of the Federal Securities Act.
    • Defended commercial shopping center owners in litigation brought by neighboring residential property owners, obtaining partial judgments resulting in settlement favorable to client.
    • Defended credit card transaction processor in action relating to merchant accounts and chargeback transactions on internet sales, resulting in settlement favorable to client.

Professional and Community Involvement
    • Member, Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Trustee Council, 2015
    • Judge, Palm Beach/Martin County Pathfinders Scholarship Fund Awards (history and political science category), Palm Beach Post, 2008-2015
    • United Way of Palm Beach County, 1996-2103
    • General Counsel, United Way of Palm Beach County, 2002-2006
        • Chair, Improving the Lives of Seniors Impact Area, 2006-2009
        • Executive Committee, 2002-2010
        • Board of Directors, 2002-2013
        • Oversight Committee, 2006-2009
        • Strategic Planning Task Force Committee, 2006-2012
        • Women's Leadership Counsel, 2008
        • Campaign Cabinet, 2006-2007
        • Community Impact Steering Committee, 2009-2012
            • Initiatives, Grants, and Contracts Subcommittee
        • Campaign Committee, 2010-2012
            • Chair, Leadership Circle (donors giving $1,000 and above annually), 2010-2012
        • Sub-Committee for Agency Affiliation, 2010
    • Member, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1985-Present
        • Former Business Court Committee
        • Former Chairperson, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
        • Former Liaison, Diversity Mentoring Committee
    • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
        • Founder and Chair, Greenberg Traurig Independent Living Review Program (representing children aging out of foster care)
        • Member, Juvenile Advocacy Project, 1993-Present (representing children through age 18 in Juvenile Court (dependency and delinquency matters, adoption and foster care); Family Court and Probate Court
    • Member, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, 2015
    • Member, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, Palm Beach Chapter
    • Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Diocese, Palm Beach County
        • President, Palm Beach County, 2014-present
    • Member, Notre Dame Club of the Palm Beaches
    • Member, Board of Directors, Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1988-1989
    • Chair, "Raise the Bar" event to benefit the Girl's Leadership Institute, Woman's Foundation of Palm Beach County, 2011

Awards and Recognition
    • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Construction; Litigation - Labor and Employment; Litigation - Real Estate, 2012-2016
        • Named, "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Labor and Employment, West Palm Beach, 2015
    • Listed, South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer," Labor & Employment, 2013-2015
    • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2012-2015
    • Recipient, Gold Pin (for 100+ hours of pro bono service, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County), 2014
    • Recipient, "Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award," Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Florida Bar Association, 2013
    • Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011 & 2013
    • Listed, Marquis Who's Who and Marquis Who's Who in America, 2012
    • Recipient, "Juvenile Law Award," Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, 2011
    • Team Member, Firm Award (for Independent Living Review Project), Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, 2011
    • Recipient, "Mentor of the Year Award," Greenberg Traurig Second Annual Outstanding Pro Bono Service Awards, 2010
    • Team Member, "Office of the Year Award" (for Independent Living Review Project), Greenberg Traurig, 2010
    • Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
    • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
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Noteworthy Experience
    • Transactional law and litigation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1990-1991

    • Intern, Chief Justice Boyd, Supreme Court of Florida, 1984-1985

Articles, Publications & Lectures
    • Speaker, "Social Media in the Workplace," Employment Law Update, Sterling Education Services, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, October 2011; August 2013
    • Speaker, "Commercial Litigation" and "Commercial Trial Advocacy" panels, Bench Bar Conference, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 2010; Commercial Litigation Panel, 2013
    • Adjunct Professor, Palm Beach Atlantic College, MBA Program, Legal Environment of Business Course, 1999, 2000

J.D., cum laude, Florida State University College of Law, 1985
    • Articles and Notes Editor, Florida State University College of Law
B.A., cum laude, American Studies and French, University of Notre Dame, 1981
Awarded Diploma in French Economics, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris at Universite Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers, France, 1978

Admitted to Practice
    • Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • Supreme Court of the United States