Christopher S. Duke

Christopher S. Duke

Christopher Duke‘s practice focuses on employment law and complex commercial litigation. Chris has extensive experience representing clients in federal and state courts, as well as in various arbitration forums and before federal, state, and local administrative bodies. Additionally, his commercial litigation experience includes the prosecution and defense of both jury and bench trials and he has successfully represented clients on appeal at both the state and federal level. Chris is a frequent lecturer to employer and trade groups on aspects of employment law and compliance.

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Non-Compete and Trade Secret Provisions: Protecting Your Company and Assets

Now more than ever, employers must take active steps to protect their confidential information and trade secrets from the prying eyes of competitors. In our digital age, trade secrets can be misappropriated in an instant, and without the proper agreements in place, any business can be vulnerable. Recent major court cases involving companies such as Google, Amazon, and other industry … Continue Reading

Marijuana Use For Alleged Depression and Anxiety Can Still Get You Fired In Florida

There can be no doubt that Americans’ views on the legality of marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes has shifted over the past few years. A recent survey conducted by Fextel, Inc. and StPetePolls.org found that over 73% of Floridians would support a constitutional amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana to treat debilitating medical conditions, and … Continue Reading

The Art of Employee Termination and Severance Agreements

The process of employee termination is fraught with pitfalls for the unwary employer.  Not only can emotions run high during this time, but failure to comply with all applicable state and federal laws can lead to legal liability for your company.  One wrong step in this process, even if it is unintentional and made with the employee’s best interests in … Continue Reading

Will You Be Ready When The Whistle Is Blown?

Claims by employees “blowing the whistle” on their employer are on the rise in today’s workplace.  Will you be ready when the whistle is blown on your company?  Better yet, can you prevent whistleblower claims from being raised in the first place?

Various provisions of state and federal law prohibit retaliation against employees who “blow the whistle” on employer misdeeds.  … Continue Reading

Think Your Company’s Confidential Information is Safe? Think Again!

Password encrypted computers, locked file drawers, swipe cards allowing for restricted access. These are all measures taken by businesses to protect their confidential business information and trade secrets. While these steps are important, they are only part of the solution in protecting your company’s valuable business information.  More and more employers today are using restrictive covenants such as noncompete agreements … Continue Reading

Akerman Labor & Employment Breakfast Seminar Provides Guidance on Conducting Workplace Investigations

Today’s employers are often called upon to conduct internal investigations into claims of workplace misconduct. When performed correctly, a proper workplace investigation can effectively shield an employer from liability in the face of many types of employment related claims. However, a poorly performed or ineffective workplace investigation can not only fail to protect the company from liability, but can actually … Continue Reading

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