Ria N. Chattergoon is an Of Counsel to Saenz & Anderson, PLLC. Ms. Chattergoon is a litigator with extensive experience in employment law. She has successfully litigated cases alleging wrongful terminations, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour, and violations of non-compete agreements. Her experience includes representing clients in a variety of forums, including State and Federal Courts, the State and Federal Departments of Labor, State and Local Human Rights Commissions, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Prior to joining Saenz and Anderson as an Of Counsel, Ria spent the last nine years working for two national labor and employment firms.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Miami, Ms. Chattergoon earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Florida State University in 2000, and her Juris Doctor, with honors, from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2005. In law school, Ms. Chattergoon served as the Senior Articles Editor for the St. Thomas University Law Review, Member and Coach of the Jessup International Moot Court Team, a Senator of the Student Bar Association, Vice-President of the Black Law Student’s Association and a member of the Caribbean Student’s Bar Association. During law school, Ms. Chattergoon clerked for the Honorable Paul C. Huck of the Southern District of Florida.
Ms. Chattergoon is a member of the Florida Bar, as well as several voluntary bar associations including the Dade County Bar Association, Caribbean Bar Association, Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women’s Association, National Association for Women Lawyers, Society for Human Resources Management, Human Resources Chapter of Broward County, and the Corporate Counsel Women of Color. Ms. Chattergoon also serves as a guardian ad litem attorney for Lawyers for Children of America.
Ms. Chattergoon is admitted to practice in all Florida Courts; the U.S. District Court for the Northern District; the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida; and, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Awards and Recognitions
Named ‘Rising Star’ by Super Lawyers in 2010, 2012, 2013,2014
Selected for Lawyers of Color’s Annual 2014 Hot List
“Employers Using Background Checks Should Review Policies” – Daily Business Review, May 2012
“Love is in the Air…” – Daily Business Review, February 2013
“When Matters of the Heart Becomes Matters in the Workplace” – Farm Employers Labor Service, July 2013