Edward (Ed) Suarz-Solar

Eduardo Suarez-Solar, MMS, MPA, JD, SPHR has represented and advised small, medium and large organizations regardingall aspects of their labor and employment relations, as well as provided strategic business development counsel to hundreds of companies, not-for-profits, government entities and individuals over the past decades. Ed’s experience includes advising employers regarding employment law, human resource management and compliance, traditional labor law matters and executive and organizational coaching. Ed has represented clients for over 25 years in both mediations and arbitrations. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Circuit Court Mediator and a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator.

Ed continuously strives to understand his client’s challenges, frustrations, threats and opportunities. His experience spans the spectrum of the business life cycle, ranging from labor counsel pertaining to the acquisition of a near bankruptcy manufacturing facility and addressing the inherent obstacles of such an endeavor; to helping grow the business into a thriving company with more than 150 employees and $30 million in sales. He has served in such roles as interim plant director for a mid-sized business in the northeast, as well as interim vice president of human resources for a national restaurant chain with over 1500 employees.

A former union member himself, Ed knows first-hand the impact that unions can have on an organization. He has advised hundreds of clients regarding how to manage their businesses to improve employee relations and increase productivity through the design of employee motivation programs, streamlined systems and well-defined processes, policies and procedures. Ed is committed to incorporating his vast experience as a past production worker, manager and owner when advising his clients.

In addition, Ed is dedicated to coaching executives at all levels to develop their leadership and management practices, with a focus on enhancing both individual and overall organizational performance. Ed focuses on partnering with his clients’ executives to encourage self-discovery and accountability that not only achieves short-term objectives, but also establishes the foundation for sustained personal and professional development. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Ed also assists executives in foreign countries looking to expand to the U.S., or companies looking to expand from the U.S., with their business, legal and cultural transition.

Ed served as a federal attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Denver, Colorado, as well as worked with the Bibb City District Attorney in Macon, Georgia. He is a member of the State Bar of Florida and Hillsborough County Bar Association, as well as admitted to practice before the U.S. District for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

An invited speaker at national, state and local events, Ed has authored numerous articles pertaining to labor law and human resource management for various publications. Before joining Gunster, Ed practiced with two nationally prominent labor and employment boutique firms before purchasing the West Coast Employers Association, known as Integrated Employer Resources.


Gunster’s Labor and Employment law practice is comprised of attorneys who have spent decades dedicated to serving as trusted advisers in employment law. Where today’s workplace is more regulated than at any other time in history, our team remains commi8tted to providing practical legal counsel. When our clients are faced with a workforce-related lawsuit or administrative complaint, our team strives to provide actionable advice and defense. Our firm advises on preventative counseling and proactive human resources practices, single plaintiff and class-action employment litigation, trial and appellate matters, as well as alternative dispute resolution strategies.

Gunster serves clients at every phase of employment, including the retention of employees, creation of sound management policies and resolution of disputes in and out of court and in administration proceedings. Our attorneys regularly represent employers involved in challenges as diverse as disability access and accommodation; FLSA and FMLA claims; unfair competition and trade secrets, including noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements; OSHA, ERISA, public works and prevailing wage law; and immigration law including the EB-5 Investment Visa Program; among many others.

Our attorneys seek to provide proactive strategies that offer the potential to educate and protect against the mistakes that often lead to litigation. The firm offers counseling and training for management and human resource employees, continuing education through seminars and client alerts announcing recent law changes, as well as advice and drafting assistance with policies and procedures. Our collective experience includes reductions in workforce, such as employee layoffs, terminations and plant closings, and wage and hour investigations and Department of Labor audits.  In addition to union avoidance and strategic planning regarding mergers and acquisitions, our attorneys offer counsel for union-related matters including collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, election campaigns and proceedings before the NLRB.

As Florida’s law firm for business, Gunster provides full-service legal counsel to a diverse array of clients ranging from individuals and startups, to Fortune 100 companies. Established in 1925, the firm has expanded, diversified and evolved but always with a singular focus: Florida and its clients’ stake in it. With almost 200 attorneys and 200 committed support staff across 12 offices, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 500 largest law firms and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Diverse Law Firms by Law360.

For more information about Gunster and its Labor and Employment law practice, please visit www.gunster.com

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