Gail Golman Holtzman, a labor and employment attorney with more than 35 years of experience, including as in-house counsel. Ms. Holtzman is a trusted advisor to employers, including Fortune 100 companies seeking to manage risk with their human capital. She has led investigations and been a national speaker on a myriad of employment topics, including discrimination, harassment, and board governance following the emergence of the #MeToo movement. Holtzman also recently led the American Bar Association’s 20,000-member Labor and Employment Law Section. Certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Civil Mediator and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Ms. Holtzman is a member of the Florida Bar and District of Columbia Bar. She earned her law degree from The George Washington University School of Law.


  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Leadership Roles: Past Chair Liaison to Commission on Women in the Profession Co-Chair, Third Annual Section Conference, Washington, D.C. Co-Chair, Committee on Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Trial Advocacy and Legislative Developments Subcommittee Co-Chair, Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession Committee (now Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee) Co-Chair, Mentoring Subcommittee of Marketing Committee Section Nominating Committee Co-Chair, Regional Employment Litigation Skills Training Program American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Athena Society
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Berkeley Preparatory School, Past Board Member/Officer
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow
  • Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Past Board Member, Officer
  • Employee Law Forum, Steering Committee
  • Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator
  • Foundation of St. Joseph’s Hospitals Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Jewish Community Center, Past Board Member
  • Pinellas and Pasco Counties, Contract County Court Mediator
  • Supreme Court of Florida, Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Tampa Preparatory School, Past Board Member
  • The Academy of Florida Management Attorneys, Immediate Past President and Member of the Nominating Committee
  • The Florida Bar
  • William Reece Smith Inn of Court, Member


  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2017 – 2022
  • Chambers USA: Leading Business Lawyers – Labor & Employment, 2019 and 2021
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006 – present
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal, “Business Woman of the Year” Finalist, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Bar Admissions

  • Florida


  • The George Washington University Law School J.D., 1984
  • University of Illinois M.A., 1980
  • University of Illinois B.A., 1974

My Insights

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Stay Lifted, OSHA Enforcing Covid-19 Vaccine and Testing Rule

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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard for Large Employers

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