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Christopher S. Duke
Christopher S. Duke
Partner 
222 Lakeview Avenue
Suite 400
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
 
Tel:
561.653.5000
Fax:
561.659.6313
 
 

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.
 
Representative Experience
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Extensive experience in federal and state courts and various arbitration forums, concentrating in the areas of general commercial and employment litigation.
 
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Employment law practice includes representing management and municipalities in matters relating to the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, and Title VII before local, state, and federal agencies and in state and federal courts.
 
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Commercial litigation practice includes representing clients in state and federal courts in the areas of fraud, tortious interference, business defamation, and breach of contract. Extensive experience in the enforcement of noncompetition agreements and protection of trade secrets.
 
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Counseling and training of employers and employees on all aspects of employment law.
 
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Supervising and conducting internal investigations for management and responding to charges filed with federal and state administrative agencies.
 
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Conducting legal audits of client workplaces to evaluate and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local law.
 
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Counseling high-level executives on contractual issues such as severance, termination, and employment law compliance.
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2014, Listed in Florida for Litigation - Labor & Employment
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2012-2014, Listed in Florida for Employment & Labor and Business Litigation
 
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South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer 2010-2014, Listed for Complex Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment
 
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South Florida Legal Guide 2007-2009, Listed as one of South Florida's "Top Up and Comers"
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2006, 2010-2011, Listed for Labor & Employment
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society Annual Meeting, Speaker, "The ABC’s of Employee Handbooks, Policies, and Forms," July 2014
 
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Akerman Nineteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Terminations and Severance Agreements," April 2014
 
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Akerman Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Understanding and Avoiding Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims," November 2013
 
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Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society Annual Meeting, Speaker, "Cyber Security in the Information Age - Protecting Your Practice's Confidential Information in the Electronic Age," July 2013
 
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Akerman Eighteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Non-Compete Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing to Protect Your Company's Valuable Assets," April 2013
 
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Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, Author, Workplace Investigations: Now More Important Than Ever," November 2012
 
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Akerman Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Conducting Workplace Investigations," May 2012 and October 2012
 
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Akerman Seventeenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Understanding and Avoiding Sexual Harassment Liability," April 2012
 
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Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society Annual Conference, Featured Speaker, "How to Conduct an Effective Workplace Investigation," July 2011
 
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Akerman Sixteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Overlapping Issues with ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation Leave Laws," April 2011
 
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Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society Annual Conference, Featured Speaker, "The Art of Employee Separation," July 2010
 
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Akerman Fifteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "How to Conduct an Effective Workplace Investigation," May 2010
 
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Continuing Education Seminar, Speaker, "The Art of Employee Separation: How To Reduce Company Liability for Terminations, RIFs and Layoffs," February 2010
 
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The Florida Bar Journal, Contributing Author, "Employment Law for Law Firms: Do the Shoemaker's Children Need New Shoes, Part 2," Volume 83, No. 9, October 2009
 
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The Florida Bar Journal, Contributing Author, "Employment Law for Law Firms: Do the Shoemaker's Children Need New Shoes, Part 1," Volume 83, No. 7, July/August 2009
 
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Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society Annual Conference, Featured Speaker, "Employment Law for the Medical Professional," June 2009
 
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Florida Medical Group Management Association Annual Conference, Featured Speaker, "Employment Law for the Medical Professional," May 2008
 
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South Florida Medical Group Management Association, Featured Speaker, "The ABC's of Employee Handbooks," August 2006
 
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HR Florida Annual Conference, Pre-Conference Workshop, Featured Speaker, Non-Traditional Protected Classes, "Can I Fire Fred for Wearing a Dress?," October 2004
 
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Sterling Education Services, Speaker, "Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation," May 2003
 
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Palm Beach County Medical Society, Presenter, "Employment Law Update," April 2003
 
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Lorman Education Services, Speaker, "Key Points of Time: Hiring and Firing," April 2001
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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The Florida Bar, Litigation Section, Member; Employment Law Section, Member
 
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Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member
 
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Society for Human Resource Management, Member
 
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Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County, Member
 
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Young Friends of the Kravis Center, Member
 
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Young Friends of the Palm Beach Zoo, Member
 
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Friend of MacArthur Beach State Park, Member
 
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St. Baldrick's Foundation, Active Supporter and Fundraiser
 
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AFRICARE, Member
 

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Christopher S. Duke

Practice
Labor & Employment
Education
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1991
B.A., Davidson College, 1988
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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