Sergio R. Casiano Jr. Partner

     

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Sergio Casiano is an experienced civil trial attorney in the areas of employment and labor law, premises and auto liability, products liability, insurance law and business litigation.

Areas of Focus

Employment & Labor
Sergio has extensive experience defending cases brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the FMLA, the ADA and its 2008 amendment, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act, and state law fair employment statutes. He also handles employee tort, contract, whistleblower claims and OSHA citations. In addition, Sergio has defended employers successfully in charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Labor, and various state and local agencies throughout the country. 

Sergio regularly advises employers on personnel issues such as hiring and firing, layoffs, disciplinary actions, compliance with state and federal wage-and-hour laws, harassment investigations, employment contracts and covenants not to compete. Further, he advises clients on compliance with workers’ compensation laws, employee leasing issues, immunity and limitations from suit. He also works with clients to draft and implement employment policies and practices designed to minimize the risk of employment litigation. 

Business/Commercial Litigation
Sergio regularly litigates commercial and business disputes in state and federal courts, involving breach of contract, ownership disputes, management disputes, construction litigation and real estate matters. In addition to his significant first-chair trial experience in state and federal courts, Sergio has first-chair arbitration experience in national arbitration forums in commercial and employment matters. He has handled appeals in both state and federal courts in a number of jurisdictions. 

Tort & General Casualty
Sergio also represents national and regional companies, self-insured or otherwise, in defense of personal injury, products liability, premises liability and employee liability claims. These matters have been in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, cargo, transportation, common carrier, admiralty, hospitality, medical facilities and general commerce. Likewise, Sergio consults extensively with clients to develop and implement strategies and practices to avoid litigation.

Representative Matters

Summary judgment in favor of carrier and shipper of agricultural goods in defense of catastrophic truck and trailer accident in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Kentucky (2022). 

Summary judgment in favor of hotel in defense of Title VII, discrimination and false imprisonment case in Florida Eleventh Judicial Circuit (2021). 

Summary judgement in favor of home nurse corporation in defense of Fair Labor Standards Act claim in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2021). 

Successful defense of commercial nursery in auto negligence claim in Florida Eleventh Judicial Circuit (2021). 

Summary judgment in favor of commercial nursery in defense of workers’ compensation retaliation claim in Florida Eleventh Judicial Circuit (2020). 

Summary judgment in favor of commercial nursery in defense of employee claim in Florida Eleventh Judicial Circuit (2020). 

Successful defense of commercial nursery in defense of auto negligence claim in Florida Eleventh Judicial Circuit (2019). 

Successful defense of commercial nursery in defense of Fair Labor Standards Act claim in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2019). 

Successful defense of produce importer in defense of Fair Labor Standards Act claim in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2018). 

Dismissal of claims against an assisted living facility alleging violations of Florida Whistleblower Act, in Florida Eleventh Judicial Circuit (2018). 

Successful defense of hotel in defense of Title VII, discrimination, in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2018). 

Summary judgement in favor of home nurse corporation in defense of Fair Labor Standards Act claim in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2017). 

Summary judgement in favor of assisted living facility in defense of Fair Labor Standards Act claim in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (2017).