Jason D. Berkowitz

Founding Partner

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Jason D. Berkowitz is a Founding Partner of BT Law Group, PLLC. Prior to starting BT Law, Mr. Berkowitz was a Partner in the Miami office of a national labor and employment law firm where he represented management exclusively.

Primary Focus & Experience

Mr. Berkowitz has successfully represented private and public sector clients in federal and state courts as well as administrative tribunals in numerous types of labor and employment matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage and hour disputes, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, and Florida state tort and common law issues.

Also, Mr. Berkowitz regularly advises clients on issues relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and various other federal, state, and local employment laws. He also develops employment policies and employee handbooks, as well as, provides trainings on topics to ensure compliance with the law, to avoid employment disputes, and to promote a compliant work environment.

While attending law school, Mr. Berkowitz interned for United States Magistrate Judge Stephen T. Brown of the Southern District of Florida. He was the Student Writing Editor of the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Berkowitz worked for over two years as a paralegal at the law firm Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington D.C.

Recent Significant Accomplishments

  • Dismissal with prejudice (2019): Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of claims brought under Florida’s Private Whistleblower Act in federal court – Jeanette Hathaway v. Ramco-Gershenson, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Case No. 18-cv-61359-WPD.
  • Federal court jury verdict (2018): Obtained a defense verdict on claims of discrimination, retaliation, and interference under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Florida Civil Rights Act – Herbert Baussiquot v. Akal Security, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Case No. 17-22446-Civ-Altonaga/Goodman.
  • Dismissal with prejudice (2014): Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and for defamation and conversion in federal court – Wimbley v. Doyon Sec. Servs., LLC, Case No. 14-CIV-20935-BLOOM/Valle.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (affirming grant of summary judgment) (2013) – Obtained a favorable opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals affirming the grant of summary judgment on claims of sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – White v. Creative Hairdressers Inc., Case No. 11-16121.
  • Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal (affirming dismissal of administrative appeal) (2011) – Obtained a favorable opinion from the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirming an administrative law judge’s dismissal of the claims after completing an administrative trial in a matter pending before the Florida Commission on Human Relations – Davidowitz v. Miller’s Ale House, Inc., Case No. 4D11-178.

Recognition & Accomplishments.

  • Appointed to the Florida Bar’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.
  • Selected to the 2021 Edition of Southern Florida’s Best Lawyers
  • Selected to the 2020 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America for “Litigation – Labor and Employment.”
  • Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers from 2014-2021.
  • Selected South Florida Legal Guide Top Up and Comers: 2018-2019.

EDUCATION

University of Miami School of Law
J.D., 2008, cum laude

Tufts University
B.A., 2003
Dean’s List multiple semesters

ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Florida

BAR & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management, Member and former Director of Legislative Affairs
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Member

PUBLISHED WORKS

  • “The Price of Unpaid Internships,” Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management (Summer 2013) [Author].
  • “Beneath the Veil of Mormonism: Uncovering the Truth About Polygamy in the United States and Canada,” University of Miami Inter American Law Review 38.3 (Spring 2007) [Author].

RECENT SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • “LGBTQ: Managing an Evolving Workforce” presentation to the Human Resource Association of Broward County (May 10, 2017).
  • “Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity in the Workplace: Inclusion and Compliance” presentation at Jackson Lewis’ 6th Annual Surveying the Workplace Law Landscape (February 9, 2017).
  • “Internal Investigations: Best Practices Versus Pitfalls” presentation to the Human Resource Association of Broward County (May 6, 2016).
  • “Onboarding: Best Practices for Employers” presentation at Jackson Lewis’ 5th Annual Surveying the Workplace Law Landscape (March 2, 2016).
  • General employment law update for the Destination Marketing Association International’s 2014 Finance Operations & Technology Summit (October 20, 2014).
  • General employment law update for the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives Finance and Human Resources Section, 2014 Fall Meeting (October 3, 2014).
  • “Social Media and Bullying in the Workplace,” Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (September 13, 2012).
  • “The Never-Ending Explosion of Overtime Claims,” Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (September 12, 2011).

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Our Process
1.
Investigate

As a first step, your assigned legal team will gather and review records related to your claim, including any employment contract or offer letter, time sheets, any relevant communications, and any disciplinary actions, including performance improvement plans or termination paperwork.

These documents will help your attorneys evaluate your claims and develop a strategy to obtain the best results for your situation.

2.
Formulate

Once your legal team completes the initial investigation, they will work with you to determine the best legal strategy for your situation. Your legal team will make recommendations and will work with you to formulate the most effective approach to obtain your desired outcome.

3.
Advocate

After you and your legal team formulate the strategy, your legal team will advocate on your behalf to obtain your desired outcome. This could include negotiating a separation package, engaging in pre-suit negotiations, sending a demand letter, and/or filing a charge of discrimination or lawsuit on your behalf.

The attorneys at BT Law are experienced trial lawyers and will advocate for your rights in the courtroom as necessary.

Reviews

Jason and Anisley are one of the best decisions someone can make given the situation. They are knowledgeable, transparent, proactive and communicate with their clients. I have dealt with other attorneys in the past and I’m always frustrated because you don’t get information or you have to chase the attorney and staff down that’s not the case with them.

In finding the right lawyers to represent you, you want to have mutual respect and understanding for each other and clear communication to achieve your goals. BT Law Group is just that. They not only represented me to their fullest abilities, but went above and beyond to truly understand my goals and priorities and provide sound legal advice to achieve such. It was a pleasure working with both Anisley and Jason, I’d highly recommend them.

We very much enjoyed BT Law Group’s founding partner, Anisley Tarragona service and attention to detail. From the onset her approach was practical and conscious of providing the best legal advice while being mindful of suggesting cost effective, conservative solutions. We find her to be a great business partner to service all our employment related legal needs.

I received a prompt and very professional service by the BT Law Group. Ms Tarragona provides tailored advice in the best interest of the client. She was meticulous and explained the pros and cons of my case in very simple terms which allowed me to consider and take the best decision. Very happy with the service. Highly recommended.

Absolutely wonderful and professional services. Represented my mom in a caring and personalized manner. Knowledgeable and ethical. Thank you!

I always consult BT Law Group for employment law matters. They are responsive, practical and efficient. I recommend them to colleagues and friends.

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Jason D. Berkowitz is a Founding Partner of BT Law Group, PLLC. Prior to starting BT Law, Mr. Berkowitz was a Partner in the Miami office of a national labor and employment law firm where he represented management exclusively.
Anisley Tarragona is a founding partner of BT Law Group, PLLC. Prior to starting BT Law, Ms. Tarragona worked in the Miami office of a national labor and employment law firm where she represented management exclusively. Ms. Tarragona, who was born and raised in Cuba, is fluent in Spanish.