Theresa Waugh defends clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies, and before the American Arbitration Association. Theresa has defended clients in wage and hour single plaintiff and class and collective actions in multiple jurisdictions. Theresa also regularly defends clients facing single plaintiff litigation involving all areas of employment law.

Theresa focuses her litigation practice on matters involving:

  • Complex employment litigation
  • Class and collective action claims
  • Wage and hour issues, including independent contractor misclassification
  • Employment discrimination and retaliation

Theresa also frequently assists clients across industries in investigations instituted by the U.S. Department of Labor.

In addition to her litigation practice, Theresa regularly advises clients and helps them understand and balance the employment law risks associated with routine and complex business decisions. Using the lessons she has learned defending matters, Theresa drafts compliant employment and independent contractor related agreements and policies. She also frequently trains organizations on best practices and proactive measures they may take to avoid claims in the first instance.

After law school, Theresa served as a law clerk to the Hon. David M. Borden of the Connecticut Supreme Court. She holds a master's degree in human resources management and worked for a Fortune 50 computer corporation as a human resources specialist prior to attending law school.

Speaking Engagements

Acknowledging and Accommodating Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

Association of Corporate Counsel – Central Florida Chapter, Orlando, FL

November 14, 2019

Bringing Clarity to the Exempt/Non-exempt Status and US DOL Overtime Regulation

NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2019, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Kissimmee, FL

October 7, 2019

Briefing on DOL Proposed Overtime Regulations

2019 Administrator’s Forum (HR-CFO-CIO) One Behavioral Health Association and Florida Council for Community Mental Health, Orlando, FL

May 9, 2019

Managing Challenges that Arise When the Employment Relationship Ends

Association of Corporate Counsel, Central Florida Chapter, Orlando, FL

October 18, 2018

Wage Hour 101: Pay Practice Compliance to Protect Your Organization More Effectively Than Even Captain America’s Shield

Home Care Association of Florida Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

July 29, 2018

President Trump’s First 100 Days: What Does It Mean for Employers?

Orlando, FL

March 15, 2017

Working on Overtime: Preparing for DOL's Changes to FLSA Overtime Regulations

Orlando, FL

March 16, 2016

What You Should Know About the EEOC and Its Protections for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Workers

Association of Corporate Counsel, Central Florida Chapter, Orlando, FL

October 14, 2015


  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1998With Honors
  • M.S., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1992
  • B.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1990

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut