Welcome to Rick Larson Law

Orlando, Florida, Employment and Human Resources Attorney


Former Vice President Human Resources Universal Studios Orlando Resort with offices located in historic Winter Garden, west of downtown Orlando, and proudly serving Winter Garden, Apopka, Clermont, Orlando and Greater Central Florida.

Often there are times in employment relationships when questions arise as to certain aspects of the work experience from talent identification, pre-employment screenings, background checks and hiring decisions, to pay and benefits considerations, from performance management issues to termination issues, when it helps to reach out to experienced counsel having a strong corporate Human Resources and labor/employment legal background for consultaton and greater understanding of issues and potential options going forward. Sometimes it is helpful to benefit from an employee career coaching or counseling session. Sometimes it is important for the management team to participate in a training session to review best Florida Human Resources practices and legal compliance requirements in order to improve organizational effectiveness. 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 a partner.

Where I Can Help:

  • Employment Agreements

  • Non-Compete Agreements

  • Employment Separation Agreements

  • Wrongful Termination & Retaliation Issues

  • Discrimination & EEOC Position Statements

  • Layoffs & Company Restructuring

  • Employee Career Coaching & Counseling

  • I-9 & Human Resources Compliance Audits

  • Reasonable ADA Workplace Accommodations

  • FMLA & Medical Leave Issues

Getting Hired, Encountering Workplace Discrimination, Wrongful Termination
Sexual Harrassment, Handbook, Human Resources
  • Sexual Harassment Legal Compliance Training

  • Employee Handbooks & Policy Development

  • Talent Acquisition & Background Issues

  • Workplace Investigations & Summary Reports

  • Strategic Human Resources Consulting

  • Human Resources Legal Compliance Training

  • Florida Unemployment Appeals

  • Management Workplace Law Training

  • Organizational Effectiveness

  • Best Florida Human Resources Practices

  • Workplace 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 charged with the development of the Strategic Grand Opening Staffing Plan to launch the new world-class destination visitor attraction. In addition, he was charged with the development of the Legal, Risk Management, Human Resources, Staffing, Employee Benefits, Training and Development, and Employee Relations functions, among others, to launch and operate 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 to ensure the development of a positive work culture. For 15 years, Rick directed the Human Resources policies and best HR practices guiding development for the growing Orlando world-class destination visitor attraction, including talent acquisition, Human Resources best practices, employee training, Human Resources legal compliance legal compliance training, performance management, and management team development strategies to ensure a top-tier competitive position within 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 was charged with the development of the Strategic Grand Opening Staffing Plan and best Human Resources practices to ensure the sucessful launch of the unique childrens’ hotel entertainment experience.

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 Orlando, Florida, 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 Orlando employment and Human Resources attorney, 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 in state and federal courts.

Rick is actively sought by business groups throughout Central Florida as a public speaker on topical employment and Human Resources legal compliance training issues. Please see the Rick Larson Law Speaking Engagements page. An active member of the Florida Bar since 2005, Rick 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 two classes-U.S. Employment Law and Regulations 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 30 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.

As an Orlando, Florida, employment and Human Resources attorney, Rick has obtained several Bar Admissions: State of Florida; United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; State of Nevada; United States District Court, District of Nevada.

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.