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Stephanie N. Moot

Partner
+1.305.539.3373
Fax +1.305.358.7095
Stephanie Moot focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes, Title III ADA public accommodations, and employment law. She represents clients in all aspects of federal and state court litigation, including dispositive motion hearings, evidentiary hearings, and trials.

Ms. Moot represents small and large companies involved in business disputes with vendors, buyers, and competitors. She also advises clients on regulatory compliance and develops action plans aligned with client objectives and resources.

In the area of the ADA, Ms. Moot regularly defends class action and individual lawsuits alleging architectural and operational barriers to access on behalf of clients in various industries such as retail, hospitality, healthcare, entertainment and financial services. In addition, Ms. Moot works with clients to take proactive measures to avoid disputes. She develops effective compliance plans and counsels clients on hot button ADA issues such as website and mobile app accessibility, service animals, effective communication, ticket sales, live events seating, lodging accommodations, pool and spa lifts, ATMs, and design standards.

As to employment law, Ms. Moot defends businesses faced with wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. Furthermore, she counsels clients on employment issues to ensure compliance with applicable laws. She also guides employers in conducting workplace investigations, provides tailored training and prepares handbooks.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Moot was a commercial litigation associate at a regional law firm. She also interned with the United States Department of Justice and United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Achievements

  • Top Up and Comers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2017, 2019
  • Leader in the Law, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2018
  • Rising Star, Daily Business Review, 2015
  • Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Star,” Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2015
  • Honoree, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County, 2011

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers
    • Board of Directors, 2015-present
    • Chair, Accessibility Committee, 2014-2016
  • Dade County Bar Association
    • Affiliate Board of Directors Seat, 2012
    • Judicial Outreach Committee, 2012
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association
    • President, 2011-2012
    • President-Elect, 2010-2011
    • Treasurer, 2009-2010
  • The Florida Bar, Consumer Protection Law Committee 2010-2012

Speaking Engagements

  • “EEOC Trends and the Relevant Law”, Asian American Hotel Owners Association, March 2019
  • “Updates on Website Accessibility”, National Marine Manufacturers Association, March 2019
  • “Business Dispute Claims and Defenses”, American Inns of Court Bench & Bar Conference, March 2019
  • “Website Accessibility / ADA Compliance”, Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management, November 2017
  • “Written Discovery – Finding the Facts and Evidence”, FIU Law Discovery on the Front Line Series, March 2017
  • “Website Accessibility: What Hoteliers Need to Know”, Asian American Hotel Owners Association, February 2017
  • “Website Accessibility: Did You Know?”, Atlantic Community Bankers Bank, December 2016
  • “Making Cents of It: ADA Website Accessibility”, Pennsylvania Bankers Association, November 2016
  • “Is Your Website Accessible?” Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, April 2016
  • “Accessibility Planning for Meetings and Events”, The Florida Bar’s Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference, July 2015
  • “Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act”, South Florida Conference on Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury, June 2015
  • “ADA Compliance for Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs”, Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Legal Symposium, June 2015
  • “Accessibility Protocols for Voluntary Bar Associations”, Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ Call to Action Diversity Summit, November 2014
  • “ADA Updates and Compliance”, Stadium Managers Association, 2010, 2013
  • “Trends in Discrimination Charges”, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Technical Assistance Program Seminar, 2008

Additional Information

Publications
  • Does Your Website Describe Your Property’s Accessible Rooms and Amenities? Today’s Hotelier, March 2019
  • Meeting Online Accessibility Standards, Hotel Management, November 2018
  • Could Your Business Avoid an ADA Drive-By Lawsuit? Daily Business Review, July 2018
  • Hotels Fight Recurring Website Accessibility Lawsuits, Hotel Management, July 2018
  • Is Your Website ADA Compliant? Avoid Becoming a Litigation Target, Miami Herald, June 2018
  • South Florida Businesses, Get Ready for a Wave of Website-accessibility Lawsuits, The Miami Herald, 28 August 2017
  • Are You Compliant? ADA Publishes New Rules Requiring Closed Captioning and Audio Description, Film Journal International, February 2017
  • Pregnant Worker Protections Continue to Evolve, Daily Business Review, October 2014
  • Second-chaired jury trial on behalf of prevailing plaintiff/counter-defendant in multi-million dollar commercial dispute
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant in products liability action seeking punitive damages
  • Obtained dismissal of putative ADA class action seeking modifications in over 1,000 retail locations
  • Worked on defense team which obtained dismissal of EEOC pattern-or-practice lawsuit against global company
  • Obtained dismissal of negligence action alleging novel theory of liability with potential to impact several industries
  • Obtained modification and extension of court-supervised class action consent decree impacting locations in several states