Joanne Braddock Lambert, a partner at Jackson Lewis who has been with the firm for 17 years, has been named office managing partner in Orlando.
Lambert succeeds Donald Works III, who is stepping down from the role to focus on his litigation practice after 10 years in the position and 20 years at the firm.
Lambert is the latest of a number of women lawyers promoted to managing roles in Florida following a survey conducted last year by the Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division that found widespread gender bias in the state’s legal profession.
Lambert is not the first managing partner to oversee the Orlando office, however. That office was first opened by Jackson Lewis attorney Diane Stanton more than 20 years ago. Stanton handed off the managing partner reins to Works when she retired.
“I was very fortunate that Jackson Lewis supports female attorneys and I was able to have work-life balance as a partner for many years,” said Lambert, who became a partner in 2010.
Lambert moved to Jackson Lewis, a national Am Law 100 firm that focuses on management side employment law, just over 17 years ago from boutique employment law firm Garwood Mckenna Mckenna & Wolf, which has since closed. Prior to that she was at Baker & Hostetler.
Lambert focuses her practice on representing management in employment litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, as well as counseling management regarding ongoing employment and labor matters. She conducts compliance training for management on discrimination, harassment, and managing employee leaves of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.