Welcome to Rick Larson Law

Florida Employment and Human Resources Attorney


Former Vice President Human Resources Universal Studios Orlando Resort with offices now located in historic Winter Garden, 14 miles west of downtown Orlando and part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, and proudly serving Winter Garden, Apopka, Clermont, Orlando and Greater Central Florida.
There are times in most employment relationships when questions arise as to certain aspects of the work experience. From hiring decisions to pay and benefits considerations, from performance issues to termination issues, it often helps to reach out to experienced counsel having a strong corporate Human Resources and labor/employment legal background for understanding and potential options. Knowing when to get help and whom to call is vital. That’s where I can assist you, either as a “sounding-board” or as an advocate.

Where I Can Help:

  • Executive Employment Agreements

  • Non-Compete & Non Solicitation Agreements

  • Employment Separation & Severance Agreements & General Releases

  • Wrongful Termination & Retaliation

  • Employment Discrimination & EEOC Issues

  • Labor Union Collective Bargaining Agreements

  • Layoff Notices & Company Restructuring

  • Performance Issues & Written Warnings

  • I-9 Audits & Best Human Resources Practice Audits

  • Reasonable Accommodation Regarding Disabilities & Religion

  • FMLA & Medical Leave Issues

Getting Hired, Encountering Workplace Discrimination, Wrongful Termination
Sexual Harrassment, Handbook, Human Resources
  • NEW! Corporate Sexual Harassment/Retaliation Awareness Training. Latest Florida Law. On-Site Management Workshops. On-Site Employee Training. Sexual Harassment Policy Development. Confidential Executive Sexual Harassment Coaching.

  • Customized Florida Employee Handbooks & Company Policy Development

  • On Site Workplace Investigations & Summary Reports

  • Florida Human Resources Training & Consulting

  • Unemployment Claims

  • Payroll & Executive Compensation Issues

  • Company Mergers & Human Resources Integration Issues

  • Best Florida Human Resources Practices & Positive Employee Relations Systems

  • Workplace Intervention & Conflict Resolution

 

About Rick Larson

About Rick LarsonRick Larson has been an attorney since 1978, when he began law practice in Las Vegas, NV. Rick initially served as a prosecutor for Clark County (Las Vegas), NV, as a trial attorney handling high profile criminal cases. He then opened his own private law practice where he practiced civil employment litigation and criminal litigation in state and federal courts. Rick then was recruited by Universal Studios, Inc., in Los Angeles, CA, where he served as Director of Human Resources, and led both unionized and non-union work forces, establishing the first corporate Human Resources training and development initiative for senior management to further understanding on such topics as sexual harassment, progressive discipline, wrongful termination and collective bargaining agreement compliance. Rick resolved hundreds of labor union collective bargaining disputes, and also led efforts to establish Universal Studios’ first employee assistance program, that set the standard for the Motion Picture Industry.

Rick moved to Orlando, FL, in 1988 as a key member of the senior management leadership team charged with the responsibility to open and operate Universal Orlando Resort. As Vice President Administration for the new business enterprise, Rick was responsible for the development of the Legal, Risk Management, Human Resources, Training and Development and Employee Relations functions, among others, to launch the Orlando entertainment destination resort complex. Rick was then appointed the chief Human Resources officer for the growing Orlando, Florida Universal Studios operation charged with leading all aspects of the employee experience. For 15 years, Rick directed the Human Resources policies and best HR practices guiding development for the growing Orlando world-class visitor destination, including Human Resources training and legal compliance, performance management and management development strategies to ensure a top-tier competitive position in the Central Florida attractions industry.

After a 20-year career with Universal, Rick was appointed Senior Vice President People Services and Organizational Development for Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Orlando, Florida, where he developed the Human Resources function and best practices Human Resources training and legal compliance training strategies.

Rick subsequently joined a major multi-office Florida law firm as senior labor and employment counsel where he represented clients throughout Florida in state and federal courts on a variety of litigated workplace issues. He then began his own Human Resources consulting practice supporting Central Florida companies seeking to develop competitive best Human Resources legal compliance practices and improve profit margins. Rick opened his Winter Garden, Florida, law office in 2014 to serve growing client needs in Winter Garden, Clermont, Orlando and Greater Central Florida. As a highly seasoned HR professional, Rick offers a variety of corporate HR solutions including HR legal compliance training, organizational communications strategies and employee relations approaches as well as litigation counsel and support.

Rick is actively sought by business groups throughout Central Florida as a public speaker on current employment and labor issues. An active member of the Florida Bar since 2005, he has testified as an expert employment witness before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C. Rick also has served as an expert employment and Human Resources witness in civil employment cases in Florida and Washington, D.C.

Rick is a current instructor at the University of Central Florida Office of Continuing Education where he teaches Employment Law as well as Organizational Effectiveness and Development to Human Resources professionals seeking Human Resources credential certification by the Society of Human Resources Management (“SHRM”). Rick is also an active SHRM member.

As an Orlando resident, Rick has been an active partner within the greater Central Florida Orlando community for more than 25 years. Rick has served on many community boards including the Metropolitan Orlando Urban League, the Orlando Science Center, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida and the Employers’ Association of Florida. Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Employment Council which provides support and Human Resources networking opportunities to some 800 Central Florida companies. Rick is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips which supports many worthy causes throughout the Central Florida Orlando region.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Geography (double major) University of California, Davis, CA; Masters in Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Juris Doctor, Southwestern Law School (SCALE: two-year accelerated legal studies program); Associate Editor, Southwestern Law Review, Los Angeles, CA.