LISA McKELLAR POURSINE

lisa@mckellarpoursine.com

Experience

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Lisa McKellar Poursine has more than fifteen (15) years of experience as a lawyer, the vast majority of which have been in civil litigation, including, but not limited to, motion practice, depositions, mediations, settlement negotiations, and trial preparation.  Her firm has had the pleasure of defending small, mid-sized, publicly-traded, and multi-national companies with respect to employment disputes brought by current and former employees, and has represented various businesses with respect to corporate agreements and defense of lawsuits by  Prior to opening her own boutique firm, she worked for such large and mid-sized international and national law firms as Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP.  Her accomplishments include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Obtaining dismissals for publicly traded companies for $0 in settlement fees;

  • Regularly providing advice with respect to employee handbooks, non-compete agreements, and employee and independent contractor termination and payment issues;

  • Persuading a former employee of a multinational corporation that threatened to sue her former employer for sex, age, and racial discrimination not to sue and to sign a severance agreement for a pre-determined amount, though the former employee was represented by plaintiff’s counsel;

  • Successfully representing companies with respect to protests of reemployment tax audit assessments where the Florida Department of Revenue claimed certain individuals were misclassified as independent contractors;

  • Representing a corporate defendant against a pseudo-celebrity plaintiff with a high-exposure personal injury case, and settling that case for a reasonable amount;

  • Resolving most cases within or below the ranges provided to defense clients during the initial settlement evaluation;

  • Settling catastrophic injury cases for a fraction of what the plaintiff’s attorneys initially demanded (e.g., where a plaintiff’s counsel filed a $1,000,000 proposal for settlement early-on in the litigation, case was settled for $205,000); 

  • Representing a car dealership with locations throughout the Southeast with defending various employment and personal injury cases and lobbying on its behalf for zoning changes;

  • Assisting companies where the ultimate owners are Argentines or Uruguayans with various legal issues encountered with doing business in Florida. 

 

She is also one of less than 170 Florida civil law notaries with a lifetime appointment by the Florida Department of State pursuant to Chapter 118 of the Florida Statutes.  Appointment to such position is only open to those experienced Florida attorneys who have more than five (5) years of experience and have passed a rigorous examination in Tallahassee, Florida, which many accomplished attorneys fail to pass.  With that appointment, she is able to notarize documents abroad with respect to Florida properties and authenticate documents abroad for use in Florida courts or Florida public filings.

She spends much of the year traveling between Miami, Florida and Buenos Aires, Argentina,  though she resides primarily in Miami for the bulk of the year.  She is a member of the Georgetown Club of Miami and the Georgetown Club of Uruguay and Argentina, and has conducted interviews of applicants to Georgetown University in Miami as well as Buenos Aires.

Education

 

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, New York, New York

LL.M. in Labor and Employment Law, September 2004

Honors: NYU Presidential Service Award for 2003.

Recipient: Seymour Goldstein Memorial Prize for Distinction in Labor and Employment Law

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF LAW, Gainesville, Florida

J.D., cum laude, May 2002

Honors: Justice Campbell Thornal National Moot Court Team, “Best Oralist” in Fall 2000 Final Four Competition, which was judged by the Florida Supreme Court.

 

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, Washington, D.C.

B.A. in Government, cum laude, May 1999

Bar Admissions

 

Florida, New York

Languages

 

Spanish