Andres Rivera-Ortiz

Andres Rivera-Ortiz

Andres Rivera-Ortiz is an Of Counsel to Saenz & Anderson, PLLC. Mr. Rivera-Ortiz is a litigator with over 30 years experience in labor and employment law. His practice focuses on wage and hour claims, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination and harassment. He has extensive experience with the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA), a federal law that basically prohibits polygraph and other lie detector tests by private companies, except in very limited circumstances. He has successfully litigated cases in Federal Courts in Florida, Texas, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia, and in State Courts in Florida. He has also represented employees before Federal and State administrative agencies like the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Additionally, Mr. Rivera-Ortiz has a passion for Human Rights and has represented aliens facing deportation in Federal Immigration Courts, where he has been able to obtain asylum for hundreds of aliens facing persecution in their home countries, mostly from Haiti, and from other countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and China. Prior to joining Saenz & Anderson, Mr. Rivera-Ortiz worked for the National Labor Relations Board and two private law firms, including his own.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mr. Rivera-Ortiz served in the U.S. Army as an infantry sergeant, and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, where he also attended law school at the Fredric G. Levin College of Law, earning a Juris Doctor degree in 1983.

Mr. Rivera-Ortiz is a member of the Florida Bar. He is admitted to practice in all Florida Courts; the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Rivera-Ortiz has also litigated cases in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina; the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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