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Cynthia N. Sass

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Cynthia N. Sass is the sole shareholder of Sass Law Firm, a five-attorney firm based in Tampa, Florida. She obtained her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1987 and graduated from Smith College. Ms. Sass was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1987. She is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. Since 1990, she has limited her practice to labor and employment law matters and is active in the litigation of employment discrimination cases in various federal and state courts, with significant experience in all aspects of the practice of employment law.

Cynthia Sass is currently the Employee Co-Chair of the Technology Sub-Committee of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Section of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, as well as Employee Co-Chair of its Employment-at-Will and Webinar subcommittees.  She has been an Executive Council Member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar since 1998, the present Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Section for the Hillsborough County Bar Association, a Fellow of The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, as well as its Florida Chapter.  In the past Ms. Sass has served as Employee Co-Chair of the Technology in the Practice & Workplace Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association, as well as participated in its Leadership Development Program.  She previously served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar and President of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association.  Additionally, she was Chair of the Spoliation Subcommittee of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions’ Employment Law Committee, and a Board Member of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.  Cynthia Sass served as Chair for various Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section committees, such as the Individual Rights Committee, the Judicial Education Committee, and the Continuing Legal Education Committee. Additionally, she is a Federal Mediator/Florida Supreme Court Mediator Circuit Civil.

Martindale-Hubbell rates Cynthia Sass as an AV attorney, which is its highest ranking, and also lists her on its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, as well its Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. The Sass Law Firm is also listed as Best Law Firm • Employment Law • Tampa by U.S. News & World Report from 2011-2017. Best Lawyers in America has named Cynthia Sass in its Employment Law category since 2006, and named her the 2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law for Tampa.  Florida Trend magazine selected Ms. Sass as one of their Legal Elite in the area of labor and employment law 10 times. She also has been named as a Florida Super Lawyer® since 2006, made their list of Top 50 Women in Florida and their list of Top 50 Tampa Bay Super Lawyers. She is included in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law since 2009 and has been chosen by The National Trial Lawyers as a member of their Top 100 Trial Lawyers since 2014.


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Past President (1999-2000)

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Executive Council Member since 1998 & Past Chair (2006-2007)


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Since 2006

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Since 2006

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2012 – 2014

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2008-2014, 2016

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Client Reviews:

“Cynthia is simply the best employment law attorney in the Tampa Bay area. I am always impressed with an attorney with the legal chops and the stamina to dare to stand up for what is right (there are a lot of lazy lawyers out there). Cynthia is experienced, tenacious, intelligent, with the right connections to accomplish whatever a case requires. She is a creative thinker, and is highly committed to getting to a favorable resolution for her client, whatever it takes. She handles claims professionally, listens, and responds quickly to any questions or inquiries. And when she needs to deliver forceful legal moves, she does so with precision.”
–Dotty Bollinger, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★

“On Thursday April 6th 2016 my wife visited with Cynthia Sass. I attended the meeting as my wife has been going through a particularly bad issue at work. We found Cynthia to be caring, compassionate,and very easy to talk with about this most difficult issue. We found her insights extremely valuable and her council prudent in helping my bride of 26 years navigate through these tough times.”
–Mark Larsen, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★

“My experience with the Law Offices of Cynthia Sass has been nothing but professional and respectful. During my initial consultation, I had all of my questions answered and felt very comfortable with the firm’s ability to represent me in an upcoming EEOC mediation. Ms. Sass and Ms. Everhart worked together to negotiate for me and bring me the best possible outcome. Having worked for a larger law firm in the past, I felt the Law Office of Cynthia Sass was very cost conscious and tried to mitigate expenses when possible. Most importantly, Ms. Everhart did an AMAZING job preparing me for the EEOC mediation. They have knowledge of many opposing firms and were able to give me insight on what to expect from opposing counsel. I felt very well prepared and understood exactly what to expect with the EEOC mediation process. Ms. Everhart was dead on with her preparation and I felt very fortunate to have her navigating my mediation. Ms. Sass was very involved with my negotiation process, and I felt they were using their available resources to provide me with the best possible outcome. Yes, you will have to pay for your consultation—- but remember, you pay for what you get. I felt the costs were better than some of the larger firms in the area, and I am very glad that I was referred to the Law Offices of Cynthia Sass. I would and will recommend anyone having labor related issues to this law firm. Thanks, ladies!!!”
–A.H., 5.0 Rating ★★★★★

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