Saint Petersburg Employment Lawyers

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Jason M. Melton Esq.
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Experienced & Dedicated Employment Law Attorney! Call for Aggressive Advocacy!

I am dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of those with employment law concerns. I provide skilled and aggressive representation! Visit my website to see verdicts and settlements, or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Tracee L. Ivins Esq.
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Experienced Employment Lawyer! Dedicated to Protecting Your Rights!

I provide aggressive legal representation in employment law cases. I am dedicated to protecting your rights and interests! Visit my website for client testimonials or call for a consultation. Read More »
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William J. Sheslow Esq.
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Aggressive Legal Representation! Dedicated to Pursuing Justice for Employees!

I am a seasoned and aggressive employment law attorney. I am committed to delivering exceptional service and results to victims and their families! Visit my website for client reviews or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Jay P. Lechner Esq.
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Use a Board Certified Employment Law Attorney for aggressive representation

I am a skilled employment lawyer, dedicated to helping clients in all sorts of employment matters. I will do my best to help you through every step of your case. Call today! Read More »
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Jason M. Melton Esq.
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(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatSt Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
Employment, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
The Catholic University of America
Attorney Jason M. Melton, is a founding partner of Whittel & Melton, LLC, a full service law firm. We are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized, high-quality representation. We handle Auto Accidents, Slip and Fall, Injury, Nursing Home Abuse, Wrongful Death, Employment, Unpaid Overtime, DUI, Criminal, Brain Injury, Divorce and all Family law issues and other related legal matters throughout the state of Florida.
R. Michael Pierro Jr.
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St. Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(727) 201-2573 146 Second Street North
Suite 310
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Employment
Texas Tech University School of Law
R. Michael Pierro, Jr. ("Mike") is a Florida Bar Board Certified labor and employment attorney based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is one of only 5 lawyers in St. Petersburg holding the distinction of Board certification in the area of labor and employment law. He represents both employers and employees. Mike is also a certified Florida circuit civil and federal court mediator. With nearly 15 years of litigation experience, Mike is well-suited to effectively mediate employment-related disputes. Mike welcomes the opportunity to discuss your employment matter.
Kevin G. Brick Esq.
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(813) 816-1816 9800 4 St. N
Suite 200
St. Peterburg, FL 33702
Free ConsultationSt. Peterburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
Employment, Antitrust, Business and Consumer
Florida State University College of Law and Florida State University College of Law
I am the managing attorney of Brick Business Law, P.A. My firm focuses primarily on litigating and resolving business disputes in and around the Tampa Bay Area. Our clients include business organizations of various sizes and in various industries such as manufacturing, services, technology, medical, food, real estate and others. I am an AV-rated attorney with significant trial and courtroom experience (over 100 trials). I have been named as a "Rising Star" by SuperLawyers, to the "Florida Legal Elite" and among Tampa's Top Attorneys. I am rated "Superb" and received the Client Choice Award from...
Caitlin Szematowicz
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St. Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(727) 381-2300 5858 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Employment
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law and University of Tampa
Caitlin Szematowicz is a Partner with the firm, practicing in the areas of Civil & Commercial Litigation, Appeals, and Employment Law. Caitlin joined the firm in August 2012.

Caitlin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in May 2012. She graduated cum laude from the University of Tampa, Honors Program, in December 2008, where she majored in Writing and received the “Outstanding Graduate in Writing” Award upon graduation.

While in law school, Caitlin worked as an appellate law clerk for a Washington D.C. law firm, extern at the United States Attorney’s Office, and a Certified Legal...
Christopher M. Klemawesch
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St. Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatEmployment, Criminal, Family and Personal Injury
University of Florida
Mr. Klemawesch is an experienced and dedicated Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorney at Whittel & Melton. He provides comprehensive representation in both State and Federal Courts. Previously, Mr. Klemawesch worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County, Florida. He has extensive jury trial experience in both criminal and civil cases. Mr. Klemawesch is committed to diligent advocacy to protect his clients' rights and interests.

Mr. Klemawesch obtained his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his M.B.A. from the University of South Florida. In 2003, he received his J.D. from the University of Florida....
Timothy W. Weber
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St. Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(727) 828-9919 5453 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Employment, Business, Criminal and Divorce
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Timothy W. Weber is Board Certified in Appellate Practice and practices in the areas of appellate law, civil and commercial litigation, business litigation, employment and labor, civil rights and education, land use and real estate, criminal, and family. He represents clients in state and federal courts at both the trial and appeal levels. Before co-founding the firm, Tim was a shareholder at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & Wein, P.A. in St. Petersburg for 16 years. He has been board certified in Appellate Practice since 2004 and has been selected as a SuperLawyer every year since 2014. He has also...
Robert G. Whittel Esq.
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(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatSt Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
Employment, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of Cambridge and University of Florida Levin College of Law
An experienced trial attorney, Robert Whittel provides his clients with strong, disciplined, results-oriented representation. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. Robert graduated from both law school and the United States Merchant Marine Academy with honors, and served on the esteemed Florida Law Review. Before co-founding Whittel & Melton, a full-service law firm, Robert gained valuable experience in the court room both serving as a former prosecutor and representing large corporations in complex litigation and transactional matters. Robert is devoted to fighting for his clients’ rights. He handles all types of criminal...
Tracee L. Ivins Esq.
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St. Petersburg, FL Employment Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatEmployment, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Southeastern University
Tracee L. Ivins graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. After graduation she worked for the State of Florida as a certified investigator, before deciding to pursue a law degree. As an attorney Ms. Ivins has handled files from inception all the way to a jury verdict. Her experience has included claims involving serious bodily injury, product liability injury and wrongful death arising from auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, negligent security, motorcycle and tractor trailer accidents.

Lawsuits including Negligence, Breach of Contract, Negligent Entrustment, Uninsured Motorist Insurance Claims, Under-Insured Motorists Insurance disputes, Wrongful Death, Bad...
Patrick W. Harland
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St Petersburg, FL Employment Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(727) 823-0000 200 Central Ave
#400
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatEmployment, Insurance Claims, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Stetson University College of Law
Patrick W. Harland, Jr. is a seasoned litigator and personal injury attorney having tried cases in both Florida State and Federal Court.

Upon graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 1999, Mr. Harland focused his law practice on defending insurance companies as well as some of the nation’s largest nursing home chains in liability suits relating to patient care. Mr. Harland also defended physicians in correctional healthcare cases brought by inmates alleging civil rights violations due to inadequate healthcare.

Today, Mr. Harland uses that defense background to the advantage of St. Petersburg clients who have been injured by the negligence of...
Bonnie Riggens
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St. Petersburg, FL Employment Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(727) 898-1401 146 2nd Street North
Suite 102
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Employment and Business
Dorothy Hufnagel
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Florida Employment Law Lawyer

Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of LawFlorida
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Christopher M. Klemawesch
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Experienced & Dedicated Florida Employment Law Attorney! Protecting Your Rights!

I am an aggressive and skilled employment law attorney. I am committed to passionately and vigorously fighting for your rights and interests! Visit my website for client reviews and testimonials. Call for a consultation. Read More »
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Phyllis J Towzey
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Saint Petersburg, FL Employment Law Attorney
(727) 895-1200 475 Central Ave,Suite 401
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Employment
St Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(727) 803-5783 888 Executive Center Dr W
Ste 300
St Petersburg, FL 33702
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy and Business
Texas Tech University School of Law
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(727) 823-4191 535 Central Avenue,
SAINT PETERSBURG, FL 33701
Employment
Saint Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(340) 514-6651 1909 Beach Dr SE
Saint Petersburg, FL 33705
Employment
Loyola Law School
St Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(727) 381-2300 980 Tyrone Blvd N
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Employment, Business, Construction and Health Care
Stetson University College of Law
Saint Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(727) 821-2080 3201 34th St S
Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
Employment and Workers' Comp
University of Houston Law Center
St Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(727) 825-3687 501 1st Ave N
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Employment
St Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(727) 823-1514 696 1st Ave N
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Employment
St Petersburg, FL Employment Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(727) 573-0900 2510 118th Ave N
St Petersburg, FL 33716
Employment
St. Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(727) 381-9026 4701 Central Avenue
Suite A
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Employment
Frank Michael Malatesta
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Florida Employment Law Lawyer

My mission is to work with my clients and limit their legal costs and liability while I zealously represent them on employment law and health law matters. As a solo practitioner, my clients have direct, unfettered access... Read More »
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Bruce Arthur Plesser
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Gulfport, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(727) 421-9784 2850 59th St S
Gulfport, FL 33707
Employment, Criminal, Foreclosure Defense and Personal Injury
Jeffrey Lieser
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Tampa, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(813) 280-1256 403 N. Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Employment, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Jeff is the Managing Partner of Lieser Skaff Alexander (LSA), a 9-attorney firm with 3 Florida offices. Jeff has concentrated his practice on business law and business litigation.

In 2017 and 2018, Jeff was named to the Florida Legal Elite roster. The select lawyers on this prestigious list represent fewer than 1.5% of active Florida Bar members. Jeff has also been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® magazine each year from 2013-2017, an honor based upon peer review reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys under age 40.

Jeff represents clients in complex business and civil litigation cases...
Jay P. Lechner Esq.
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(813) 842-7071 6126 Yeats Manor Dr.
Tampa, FL 33616
Free ConsultationTampa, FL Employment Law Attorney with 19 years experience
Employment, Business, Civil Rights and White Collar Crime
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Mr. Lechner is a Florida Bar board certified labor and employment lawyer with years experience representing both employees and employers in all aspects of employment law matters. He was recently selected 2020 Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Mgmt., St Petersburg (US News & World Report).

Mr. Lechner’s expert speciality extends to all employment disputes, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination including but not limited to age, race, gender, national origin, overtime and wage/hour payment issues, retaliation and whistleblower claims, as well as restrictive covenants, unfair business practices, related state tort and contract issues and other types of employment...
Christopher Leo Petruccelli
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Tampa, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(813) 906-7730 4830 W. Kennedy Blvd Suite 600
Tampa, FL 33609
Free ConsultationEmployment and Workers' Comp
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
CHRISTOPHER L. PETRUCCELLI was born in Tampa, Florida on March 8, 1969. Mr. Petruccelli has lived in the Tampa Bay area all of his life with the exception of the time period for his law studies in Lansing, Michigan.

Mr. Petruccelli graduated from the University of South Florida in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology. Following his lifelong ambition, he attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School receiving his Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) in 1996.

Upon his return to the Tampa Bay area in 1996, Mr. Petruccelli joined the law firm of Fox &...
Joseph A. Corsmeier
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Clearwater, FL Employment Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(727) 799-1688 29605 U.S. 19 N.
Suite 150
Clearwater, FL 33761
Free ConsultationEmployment, Administrative, Legal Malpractice and Workers' Comp
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Joseph A. Corsmeier is an "AV" rated attorney practicing in Clearwater, Florida. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of defense of attorney disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, attorney admission matters before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and professional license and disciplinary matters before the Boards of the State of Florida. He provides expert analysis and opinion on conflict of interest and other attorney disqualification and legal malpractice issues and he testified as an expert in the Florida courts. Mr. Corsmeier served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1986 to 1990 where...
April Goodwin
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Largo, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(727) 316-5333 801 West Bay Drive, Suite 705
Largo, FL 33770
Employment and Animal
Ohio Northern University
An attorney with nearly 20 years of experience, April S. Goodwin established The Goodwin Firm in 2015 to fight for the rights of individuals discriminated against by their employers (including not being paid fair wages), landlords, realtors, the government, or other private businesses throughout the state of Florida.

Also, as a pet owner and attorney, Ms. Goodwin saw that very few, if any, local attorneys were servicing the legal needs of pet owners. This meant that when pet parents faced legal problems relating to their pets, they were either left to their own devices or had to hire an attorney who...
James Roscoe Tanner
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Tampa, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(813) 322-3565 5700 Memorial Hwy. Suite 102
Post Office Box 260156
Tampa, FL 33685
Free ConsultationEmployment, Business, Civil Rights and Criminal
Suffolk University Law School
I'm Attorney Jim Tanner, of Tampa, Florida 813-322-3565. I've been a trial attorney for 30 years. I was born and raised right here in good old Tampa Bay. The very night I graduated from High School I was selected as the third draft choice nationwide by the Detroit Tiger organization. During the baseball offseason, I went to work in the insurance industry as a salesman where I earned top level management as the youngest executive sales and marketing director in the nation. After earning my BA from the University of South Florida, I went...
Nathan Adam Carney
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TAMPA, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(813) 712-8776 400 N. Ashley Drive
Suite 2600
TAMPA, FL 33602
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatEmployment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Collections
University of Michigan Law School
The Carney Law Firm serves individuals and businesses throughout Florida in a broad range of litigation areas, including bankruptcy, business and commercial disputes, real estate disputes, employment law, personal injury, and wrongful death.

The Carney Law Firm offers clients expertise from a firm they can trust. Mr. Carney has big law firm experience, but provides small firm service. A potential client’s biggest worry is often the expense of hiring a professional attorney. Mr. Carney is often able to assist his clients by offering contingency and flat fee options. The Carney Law Firm is committed to providing each client aggressive and practical...
Mr. Dale M Rodriguez
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Tampa, FL Employment Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(866) 202-9921 550 N. Reo, Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33609
Employment, Administrative, Civil Rights and Immigration
I have practiced law continuously since 1993, focusing almost exclusively on the employment relationship. I am admitted to practice law in Florida (Florida Bar) and Texas (State Bar of Texas). I am also admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal courts with jurisdiction in Florida and Texas. Since year 2000, I have been Board Certified, Labor & Employment Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). I attended the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida, and graduated with a undergraduate Bachelor of Arts...
Marshall Kobrin
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(813) 699-1194 100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 620
Tampa, FL 33602
Free ConsultationTampa, FL Employment Law Attorney with 2 years experience
Employment, Business, IP and Trademarks
University of Florida
Mr. Marshall J. Kobrin is an associate at the Aegis Law. Mr. Kobrin focuses his practice on business and corporate transactions, and intellectual property.

Prior to becoming an associate at the Walk Law Firm, Mr. Kobrin graduated from the University of Central Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2014 with minors in general business, sports business management, and legal studies. He was awarded Dean’s List honors multiple semesters throughout his time at UCF. Mr. Kobrin then attended law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. During his tenure at the University of...
Christopher Leifer
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TAMPA, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(813) 434-4888 2005 Pan Am Circle
Suite 280
TAMPA, FL 33607
Free ConsultationEmployment
Tulane University School of Law and University of Wisconsin - Madison
Christopher K. Leifer is the founding shareholder of the firm. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School. Mr. Leifer is admitted to practice before all Florida state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Mr. Leifer focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law; including unpaid wage issues, unpaid overtime, improper paycheck deductions, retaliatory discharge and non-compete...
Patrick Cremeens
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Tampa, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(813) 839-2000 4707 W. Gandy Blvd.
Suite 8
Tampa, FL 33611
Employment, Appeals, Business and Collections
Florida Coastal School of Law
We are a full-service law firm servicing clients in Tampa and throughout the State of Florida.
Ben Cristal
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Tampa, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(813) 258-8500 4905 W. Laurel Street
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33607
Employment, Business, Insurance Defense and Workers' Comp
Protecting Florida's Employers for more than 20 years
Scott Kenneth Hewitt
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Tampa, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(813) 221-0200 Wells Fargo Building
100 S. Ashley Drive, Suite 1100
Tampa, FL 33602
Free ConsultationEmployment and Personal Injury
Stetson University College of Law
After spending several years with an International Insurance Company, Mr. Hewitt has represented individuals, businesses, and insurers in complex personal injury matters and employment law matters. He has 19 years of extensive trial experience and insurance litigation experience in all Florida and Federal Courts.

Mr. Hewitt provides a personal experience for his clients, thinking outside the box, to obtain client approved results. He is available 7 days per week, when not coaching basketball or spending time with his family.

Michael Paul Beltran
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Tampa, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(813) 870-3073 405 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. #370
Tampa, FL 33609
Employment, Appeals, Business and White Collar Crime
Michael Beltran is an experienced and aggressive litigator who has been working in various capacities in the legal industry for more than a decade. Attorney Beltran has dedicated his career to developing the skills and experience necessary to render top-notch advocacy for his clients in all of their litigation matters. Attorney Beltran graduated from Harvard Law School and was previously associated with two of the world’s most feared litigation firms, Paul Weiss and Boies Schiller. Between his associations with those firms, Attorney Beltran clerked for a well-respected federal judge in Florida. Having handled litigation matters from both sides...
Patrick K. Elliott
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Tampa, FL Employment Law Attorney
(800) 563-1409 100 S. Ashley Drive
Suite 600
Tampa, FL 33602
Employment, Business, Civil Rights and Consumer
Patrick Elliott is the founding member of the Law Office of Patrick K. Elliott and is a litigator dedicated to employee and consumer rights. Mr. Elliott only represents Florida employees and consumers who were wrongfully denied their protected rights.

Mr. Elliott is committed to helping employees who were made to feel powerless due to the improper, and oftentimes unlawful, actions of your current or former employer.

The Law Office of Patrick K. Elliott represents employees and their rights in the workplace and also represents Florida employees who were also wrongfully terminated.

Mr. Elliott’s practice areas include wrongful termination, whistleblower and retaliation, class action...
St Petersburg, FL Employment Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(727) 823-4191 535 Central Ave
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Employment, Entertainment & Sports, IP and Real Estate
Saint Petersburg, FL Employment Law Attorney with 50 years experience
(248) 417-1882 1 Beach Dr SE Unit 2005
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Employment
St. Petersburg, FL Employment Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(727) 565-2950 3001 Executive Drive
Suite 340
St. Petersburg, FL 33762
Employment, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Civil Rights
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Seminole, FL Employment Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(727) 549-7475 Seminole, FL 33777
Employment
South Texas College of Law
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Saint Petersburg Employment Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Gulfcoast Legal Services
(727) 821-0726
St. Petersburg, FL

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Problems in the workplace?

Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.

This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.

Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.

Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.


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Exempt employee: An employee who is not entitled to the minimum wage or overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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