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Nichole M. Mooney


Nicky Mooney is a shareholder and employment law attorney in Dean Mead’s Litigation department. She represents individuals and businesses of all sizes in business litigation and employment related issues. Her representation includes drafting employment and severance contracts, drafting handbooks and policies, and counseling and representing employers in litigation regarding all types of employee actions, rights and obligations, including, but not limited to, wage and hour questions and disputes, FMLA issues, claims of discrimination, retaliation, theft of trade secrets, and all other manner of employment related litigation under Florida and federal law. Ms. Mooney also addresses claims regarding restrictive covenants including non-compete agreements, trade secrets litigation and protection of confidential information.

In addition, Ms. Mooney is involved in all areas of complex business litigation in both state and federal courts ranging from simple contract disputes to issues arising from the dissolution of a business entity and derivative litigation. Ms. Mooney has state and federal courtroom experience in both jury and non-jury trials. She also has experience in administrative proceedings with the EEOC, Florida Commission on Human Relations and Orlando Human Relations Department.

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Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Employment Law Section
  • The Florida Bar
    • Employment Law Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Trial Lawyers Section
  • The Florida Bar Foundation, Inc. - Fellow
  • Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Orange County Bar Association Foundation
    • Immediate Past President
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Member of the Executive Council (2010-2014)
    • Former Chair – Business Law Committee
    • Committee Member - 2010-2011 Judicial Circuit Civil Courts Commission for Orange County
  • ALFA
    • Labor and Employment Practice Group
    • Women's Initiative
  • Florida Executive Women


  • Juris Doctor: University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, with high honors, 1995
    • Order of the Coif, University of Florida Law Review, Member and Associate Editor
  • Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, cum laude, 1992

Bar Admissions

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

Recognition & Awards

  • Named an Outstanding Employment and Labor Attorney in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2021
  • Named an Outstanding Commercial Litigation lawyer in the 2012 edition of Florida Trend magazine's Legal Elite
  • Committee Member – 2010/2011 Judicial Circuit Civil Courts Commission for Orange County
  • Martindale-Hubbell: Preeminent AV Rating

Speaking Engagements

  • Outlier Behavior: Risk Management for the Physician Practice Group & Implications for Physicians' Medical Staff Membership, American Society of Anesthesiologists Anesthesia Administrator Conference, Grapevine, TX, January 27, 2017
  • Orange County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference – panelist and moderator in various sessions of Employment Law track, April 11, 2014
  • Legal Ethics, August 25, 2010
  • FLSA 10 Things an Employer Should Know – Featured speaker, June 23, 2010, seminar presented by Wallace Welch & Willingham
  • ALFA 2010 Florida Conference – Health Legislation Update; Employment Law panel member, May 20 – 21, 2010, Orlando, Florida
  • ALFA 2008 Florida Conference – Employment Law panel member


  • “Five Tools to Help Create Effective Non-Compete Agreements”, published in the Orlando Business Journal, July 16, 2014
  • “Ask a Lawyer” response, published in the Orlando Sentinel Law & You section, September 27, 2010
  • Are You Required to Implement or Identify Theft Prevention Program, Fall 2009
  • Update in Florida's Guns-at-Work Law, Dean Mead Third Quarter Newsletter, 2008
  • Florida's New Guns-at-Work Bill, Dean Mead Second Quarter Newsletter, 2008
  • Computer Information and Litigation, co-authored with Lynn J. Hinson, Esq., February 2007

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Labor and employment attorney, Nicky Mooney, discusses the new US Department of Labor overtime rules and the impacts on businesses. The rules are mandated to take effect on December 1st.