How Mary Beth Helps Clients
Mary Beth Ricke counsels and represents employers, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and independent contractors across all industries, on management and employment-related disputes in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She assists with matters involving allegations of sexual harassment, disability discrimination, FMLA violations, race and national origin discrimination, wrongful discharge and violation of wage and hour laws.
She also counsels employers on diverse personnel-related issues including compliance with discrimination laws; compliance with wage and hour laws; hiring, evaluating and discharging employees; developing personnel policies and employee handbooks; and pay practices and employee benefits.
In addition, Mary Beth provides clients with a wide range of legal services in construction, business and environmental litigation. She has federal jury trial experience and has argued substantive and procedural motions in both federal and state courts.
Mary Beth has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list consecutively since 2016.
Prior to joining the firm, Mary Beth was an intern for the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services and for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois. During her internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she gained experience through participating in the preparation of a federal jury trial.
In law school, Mary Beth served as the chief executive notes and projects editor for the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, where her Note was selected for publication. While completing her undergraduate degree, she interned at the Office of General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville.
What Clients Can Expect
Mary Beth’s clients appreciate her responsiveness, down-to-earth approach and tenacity to find sensible solutions that meet their strategic business goals. She offers practical advice, considers the pros and cons, and helps determine whether a legal move is a good business decision.
Once my clients have a problem, it becomes my problem and I won’t stop until I figure out the best solution for them.
Outside the Office
Mary Beth enjoys time spent with her husband and toddler son. They can often be found walking through the park, having fun on the water or watching college football.
- Successfully defended against a motion to certify a class in a collective action in an FLSA case
- Succeeded in Florida appellate court on behalf of airline client, leading the plaintiff to withdraw their appeal
- Successfully defended against temporary and permanent injunctive relief sought against a financial industries client
Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2013, cum laude
Rhodes College, B.A., 2010, cum laude
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Florida Supreme Court
Federal Bar Association: Broward County Chapter; Young Lawyers Division
Florida Bar Association: Labor and Employment Section, Appellate Section
Broward County Bar Association: Young Lawyers Section
Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
Big Brothers Big Sisters