1Employment Law Florida expert board certified employment lawyer, B.C.S. expert by FL Bar,employment lawyer in Saint Petersburg
I am a Board Certified Specialist (B.C.S)* in labor and employment law. The Florida Bar has awarded me the credential of expert which means I am qualified to provide any and all legal services in labor and employment, including …
Termination Disputes – Restrictive Covenants such as non-compete agreements, especially for executives in financial services and medicine – Severance Agreements –Employment Agreements – General Non-Compete Agreements -Employee Handbooks and Seminars – Sexual Harassment Claims – Discrimination Claims – Wage & Hour Claims – Whistleblower Claims – Unemployment Compensation Hearings – Dept of Labor Investigations – Unemployment Appeals Commission (UAC) Appeals – Disability claims and workplace accommodation complaints- Discrimination claims under federal and state laws – Employee theft cases – Employment contract disputes – Fair Labor Standards Act claims (minimum wage and overtime) and claims under Florida’s Minimum Wage Law – Family and Medical Leave Act claims – Noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreement claims – Private and public whistleblower claims – Representation in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – Wrongful discharge claims
*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.
The following information about Board Certification is direct from The Florida Bar.
Florida currently offers 24 specialty areas of practice for which board certification is available, the greatest number of certification areas of any state in the U.S. A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state’s Supreme Court may become board certified in one or more of the 24 certification fields. Only about 4,500 of Florida’s 91,000 lawyers are board certified. Minimum requirements for certification are listed below; each area of certification may contain higher or additional standards.
- – A minimum of five years in law practice.
- – Substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought.
- – Satisfactory peer review from other lawyers and judges to assess competence in the specialty field as well as character, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law.
- – Satisfaction of the certification area’s continuing legal education requirements.
- – A passing grade on the examination required of all applicants.
Board certification is valid for five years. The attorney during that time must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. Recertification requirements are similar to those for initial certification. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have voluntarily taken the extra step to have their competence and experience evaluated.
For more information, please visit The Florida Bar Web site at Floridabar.org/certification or contact The Florida Bar’s Legal Specialization & Education Department at 850/561-5842.