Credentials

Formal Background for Phyllis J. Towzey 

Practice Areas: Employment Law; Complex Commercial Litigation; Appeals.

Board Certified: Labor and Employment Law by the Florida Bar, 2001.

Member, The Florida Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Board-Certification Appeals Committee, 2004.

Admitted: 1987, Florida; 1988, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1993, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third, Fourth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits

Law School: Rutgers Law School, J.D., with high honors, 1987.

College: University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1979.

Member: American Bar Association, The Florida Bar; St. Petersburg Bar

Articles Editor, Rutgers Law Journal, 1987

Author: “Long-Arm Jurisdiction – The Ongoing Relationship Between the Parties to a Long-Term Contract Creates A Strong Presumption in Favor of Personal Jurisdiction Over Nonresident Defendants,” Rutgers Law Journal, Vol. 17, Spring & Summer 1986, No’s. 3 and 4.

Ms. Towzey has experience as a certified mediator and arbitrator in both state and federal court, with an additional specialization in employment law cases.

Ms. Towzey is a chapter author for Personnel Law Update 2005, and Certificate in Human Resource Management 2007, and Employment Law Hot Topics, 2008, published for The George Washington University by the Council on Education In Management, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ms. Towzey serves on the editorial board for the Employment Law reference book Employment Evidence, authored by Eugene K. Hollander.  For the best selling novel, Nothing To Fear, by Karen Rose, published by Warner Books, Ms. Towzey served as legal technical advisor to the author.

In March, 2012, for The Florida Bar, Ms. Towzey presented a Labor and Employment Law Webinar:  FLSA Update: Dionne and its Progeny, Calculating Back Pay in Failed Exemption Cases, Recent Decisions Applying Lynn’s Food Stores, Disclosure Obligations and Other Emerging Issues in Wage and Hour law.

Phyllis J. Towzey is a Board Certified Specialist (B.C.S.*) in labor and employment law.  The Florida Bar has awarded her the credential of expert which means she is qualified to provide any and all legal services in labor and employment.

She holds an ‘AV’ rating from Martindale, the highest rating available for both expertise and trustworthiness. Her firm is in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and the Inaugural Edition of the Bar Register of Preeminent Woman Lawyers, 2011. She has been selected for Florida SuperLawyers 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Ms. Towzey is also selected for “Tampa’s Best Lawyers” from the Tampa Bay Business Journal, selected for the prestigious Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015  (she is among  just 49 employment lawyers listed) and The Best Lawyers in America, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

*Board cer­ti­fied Florida Bar mem­bers are the only Florida attor­neys allowed to iden­tify them­selves as  “Board Certified,” “Specialist,” “Expert” or to use the let­ters “B.C.S.” for Board Cer­ti­fied Specialist.

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