Employment Law

What is Employment Law?
Employment law has evolved over the years, but its root purpose has remained the same: to protect both employees and employers in the working relationship between them. By definition, employment law is a collection of laws and regulations that dictate the terms and ethics involving relationships between employees and their employers.

For example, certain employment laws dictate the circumstances under which an employer can hire an employee, and under which circumstances those employees are allowed to work. Employment laws also create minimum standards for employees’ working conditions to ensure that they can work safely and avoid injury or harm in the workplace.

Fort Lauderdale Employment Law Attorneys
With several decades of combined experience, our employment law attorneys provide the personalized service you would expect from a smaller, boutique firm with the resources of a much larger, national firm. Conrad & Scherer’s employment law litigation includes labor law, employment discrimination, employee harassment, wage issues, workplace injuries, whistleblower situations, non-compete agreements, severance negotiations, payroll audits, contractual negotiations, and more. We represent employers ranging from small, independently owned businesses, as well as medium and large national corporations.

The employee-employer relationship has always been a tense one, but it does not have to be tumultuous. South Florida’s significant tourism, shipping, event, and other seasonal industries add additional levels of complexity that are not present in many other markets. As a result, employment law in Fort Lauderdale and other cities in South Florida including Miami and West Palm Beach can be even more damaging if proper legal counsel is not present during an employee-employer dispute or disagreement.

Conrad & Scherer’s attorney team is diverse, with various attorneys specializing in a host of different niches. One of our firm’s most prominent areas is South Florida employment law, and we pride ourselves on offering competent and strong representation to all our employment law clients. We offer completely confidential legal consultations to help you determine the best course of action based on your case’s specific details. Employment law can be sensitive and complex, but we strive to offer guidance and clarity to help you navigate the employment law landscape.

Trust Conrad & Scherer’s Experienced Employment Law Attorneys
Conrad & Scherer has been litigating cases for more than 45 years in South Florida. Headquartered in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Conrad Scherer primarily serves Broward, Palm Beach, and Dade counties, but also litigates employment law cases across the entire state of Florida. Our skilled employment law attorneys have advocated for employers in various courts across the state of Florida.

Conrad & Scherer also operates practices in other states, including New York and North Carolina, and our firm also operates an office in Quito, Ecuador. If your business is facing employment issues, contact the professional legal team at Conrad & Scherer today. Our team of experienced employment law attorneys will collaborate to guide you and help find the most favorable outcome for your specific set of employment law circumstances.

    Senior Partner
    • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law School, JD, 1996
    • State University of New York at Albany, BS, 1989
    • Florida Bar
    • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2021

    Steven Osber is a senior partner at Conrad & Scherer’s Fort Lauderdale office with a practice concentrating primarily on commercial and business litigation. Mr. Osber’s case representation ranges from routine litigation matters and third party insurance litigation to highly complex litigation including partnership/shareholder disputes, commercial eviction matters, real estate litigation and construction litigation.

    In addition to his extensive experience in commercial litigation and construction related litigation, Mr. Osber has handled a number of significant cases representing businesses in a variety of cases involved sophisticated legal issues through trial and obtained successful results for his clients. Mr. Osber is also valued as a contributing litigator in the firm’s labor and employment cases. He also serves as outside general counsel advising various businesses on day to day legal matters.

    Mr. Osber’s expansive litigation experience includes more than 100 state and federal jury and non-jury trials, as well as extensive binding arbitration experience. He is also proficient in appellate cases, having prepared appellate briefs on a variety of matters, argued before various appellate tribunals, and has obtained favorable opinions in the appellate courts throughout the State of Florida. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, which indicates a demonstration of the highest professional and ethical standards and is the highest rating a lawyer can receive. He has also been recognized as a top lawyer in the South Florida Legal Guide in 2011, and from 2014 to present day.

    • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
    • Selected as a “Top Lawyer” by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine for Business Litigation & Commercial Litigation, 2021
    • Recognized by the South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyer” for Complex Business Litigation, 2011, 2014 – 2021
    • Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” in Complex Commercial Litigation by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine, 2020
    • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2018
    • Florida State University, College of Business, Bachelor of Finance, 2013
    • Florida, 2018

    Tommy W. Arnst is an Associate in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, where he assists partners and senior associates in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters.

    Before joining Conrad & Scherer, Mr. Arnst spent three and a half years working in defense litigation for a prominent nationwide law firm, where he assisted clients in litigation relating to premises liability, torts, employment law, coverage issues, landlord-tenant law, and administrative law.

    Tommy obtained his law degree cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where he made Dean’s List in the fall and spring of 2015 . While in law school, Tommy worked as a summer associate at a Fort Lauderdale-based law firm where his primary focuses included appellate law, municipal law, real estate law, and torts. He also clerked for the Honorable Dorian Daamorgian at the Fourth District Court of Appeal, preparing legal memoranda for the panel’s consideration in advance of hearing oral arguments and drafting opinions. Tommy has varied experience both in federal court and administrative law courts in his relatively short time as a practicing attorney.

    As a South Florida native, Mr. Arnst has a vast understanding of his community and the people he represents. He spends a large portion of his time engaging in local events and activities while using his passion for sports as a means of building relationships within the community.

    • Florida State University – Dean’s List Fall 2010, Spring 2010
    • University of Miami School of Law – Dean’s List Fall 2015, Spring 2015
    Of Counsel
    • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1994
    • University of Miami, Bachelor of Arts, 1991
    • Florida Bar, 1995
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2011
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2008
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1996
    • District of Columbia, 2010



    William R. Scherer, III serves as Of Counsel in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office.  Mr. Scherer focuses his practice on commercial and employment litigation, and personal injury.  After more than 20 years of practice, he has gained experience in all phases of civil litigation, including jury trials, and has been AV Preeminent Peer Rated by Martingale-Hubbell since 2005.

    In the area of commercial litigation, Mr. Scherer has handled complex commercial  cases including secondary banking liability claims against financial institutions for aiding and abetting fraud, mold litigation between commercial landlords and tenants, director and officer liability claims, trademark and copyright infringement, music royalty disputes and various other business tort and contract claims.

    Mr. Scherer has also represented many employers and employees in disputes arising under federal and state labor and employment statutes, including Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act.  He has initiated and defended charges of discrimination before the Equal employment Opportunity Commission and often interprets, drafts and negotiates employment and severance agreements on behalf of employees joining or leaving company employment.

    In addition to commercial and employment litigation, Mr. Scherer has litigated personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from automobile and motorcycle accidents as well as other circumstances where individuals have been injured.

    Outside of the practice of law, Mr. Scherer is the father of two children, an accomplished musician and a martial arts student, currently holding a second-degree black-belt in Karate.

    Significant Matters/Cases
    • Russell v. N. Broward Hospital, 346 F.3d 1335 (11th Cir. 2003)
    • The Broward Times, Inc. v. North Broward Hospital District, Case No. 04-61563 (S.D. Fla.)
    • Stevens Weiss v. Atlantic Recording Corporation, Case No. 04-60910 (S.D. Fla.)
    • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, since 2005
    • Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” in High-Stakes Litigation by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine, 2021
    • Included in the Best Lawyers in South Florida©, 2015
    • Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit, Former Traffic Magistrate, 2002