Arturo Ross represents clients in matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL), and in multiple state and federal courts. Arturo’s primary focus is on union-related matters including collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, election campaigns and proceedings before the NLRB. His interest in this area commenced at the NLRB, where he served as a field attorney and trial specialist for the first six years of his career. While at the NLRB, Arturo investigated in excess of 500 cases, mostly against companies but also against unions, and prosecuted dozens of actions before administrative law judges of the NLRB, as well as before federal district court judges in injunction proceedings. He thus has the experience of having been on “both sides of the table” and “both sides of the management-union bar.” In his almost 25 years in practice, Arturo has defended, prosecuted or otherwise represented clients in hundreds of cases before the National Labor Relations Board, with a vast majority of those cases coming before the 12th Region of the NLRB.
A significant part of Arturo’s practice involves counseling employers on day-to-day employee issues. He has conducted litigation avoidance and union prevention training for hundreds of employers, and has helped them to address the morale-compromising issues and the financially damaging consequences of coordinated economic attacks from within and outside a company. Arturo also routinely provides employee relations training to supervisory personnel, and counsels human resource professionals on the administration of federal and state employee statutes such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the WARN Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. He also regularly advises his clients in connection with strategic labor relations planning, including in connection with mass picketing and injunctive labor litigation, plant closures and relocations, and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Gunster, Arturo was a shareholder at one of the world’s ten largest law firms. He has negotiated hundreds of labor contracts and has decades of experience in all aspects of labor relations for clients in industries such as acute healthcare, armored-vehicle/cash logistics, construction, municipal government, auto dealerships, news and sports media, employee leasing, food service, ready-mix and construction materials and universities.
Arturo has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami’s School of International Studies and Continuing Education, where he provided instruction to HR professionals regarding labor and employment law. He is a member of the Cuban American Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Labor and Employment Section of the Florida Bar and the Dade County Bar Association.
- Obtained award from arbitrator disqualifying a nurse from any backpay after an unjust termination because she failed to diligently search for work.
- Successfully negotiated three separate collective bargaining agreements for three separate subsidiaries of a national healthcare system, maintaining the economic status quo at the hospitals involved, and averting a potential nationwide strike at the 79 hospitals in the healthcare system.
- Secured arbitral award finding that where a collective bargaining agreement is silent as to whether it authorizes the filing of class actions the Union may not file and/or process grievances on a class basis.
- The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, 2013-19
- The Legal 500 United States, 2016
- “Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment”, team member, Daily Business Review, 2016
- South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyer," 2011-16
- AV Rated as independently determined by Martindale-Hubbell, 5.0 out of 5
- Dade County Bar Association
- Cuban-American Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Labor and Employment Section, Florida Bar
- Beacon Council, 2008-13