Janet E. Wise

Janet E. Wise is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar, which recognizes her special knowledge, skills and proficiency in labor and employment law, along with her professionalism and ethics, and has been since 2001. As an attorney with the Sass Law Firm, she brings over 26 years of experience to a practice which primarily represents employees from both the private and public sectors in workplace disputes. Ms. Wise speaks frequently on employment law topics, especially in the area of attorney ethics, and serves on various committees, both locally and nationally. Ms. Wise has been named a Florida Super Lawyer in employment law by Thomson Reuters for the past five years, from 2014 through 2018.

Ms. Wise graduated cum laude from Newberry College before obtaining her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law, and she is admitted to both The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Georgia.  Ms. Wise is a past President of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and past co-chair of NELA’s Ethics and Sanctions Committee, and she continues to support attorneys who practice in the area of labor and employment law by her work on NELA’s Ethics and Sanctions Committee and Governance Committee.  Additionally, Ms. Wise is a member of The Florida Bar’s Labor & Employment Law Certification Committee, which is responsible for, among other things, determining whether applicants have met the minimum standards for Board Certification in Labor and Employment Law and developing and grading Labor and Employment Law certification examinations.

Janet Wise is recognized from the following independent sources:

Who’s Who – Marquis Who’s Who in American Law, 2017-2019
Board Certified in Labor and Employment LawThe Florida Bar, since 2001
Florida Super Lawyer in Labor & Employment LawThomson Reuters, 2014-present
Superb 10.0AVVO rating, since 2006

Janet Wise attended:
Georgia State University College of Law, and obtained her Juris Doctor in 1992
Newberry College, and graduated cum laude in 1989

Ethics Tips for NELA Lawyers – 2016 Labor Day Conference, Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association (September 2016)
“Objection as to Form” – Obstructionist Conduct or an Exercise in Restraint? – MidWinter Meeting of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association (March 2015)
Issues to Consider When Providing Internship Programs – Establishing a Winning Internship Program for the Company and Student: Legal Issues, Tampa Bay Technology Forum: Grow Tampa Bay Tech and the University of Tampa, August 2013
Top Five Ethical Dilemmas Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Face – Soaking Up the Sun: Employment Law Exposure in Florida, Annual Conference, Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association, September 2012
Professionalism and Avoidance of Sanctions – Tips for Litigating Plaintiffs’ Employment Cases, State Bar of Georgia, October 2011
NELA’s Ethics Survival Kit: The Rules, Opinions & Decisions All NELA Members Should Have at Their Fingertips – 20th Annual Convention, National Employment Lawyers Association, June 2009
Who Can We Talk To? Ex Parte Communications and Ethical Concerns – Advocating the Rights of Employees in the 21st Century, Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association, June 2007
Motions for Sanctions in Federal Court – Employment Law at its Best!, Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar, September 2006
Survey of Rule 11 Case Law from 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and D.C. Circuits – Bridging the Divide: Strategies for Fairness in the Workplace, National Employment Lawyers Association, June 2006

Ethics Topics – 2016 Labor Day Conference, Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association, St. Pete Beach, Florida (September 2016)
Ethics Tips from the Experts – Celebrating 30 Years of Employee Rights Advocacy, Annual Conference, National Employment Lawyers Association, Atlanta, Georgia (June 2015)
“Objection as to Form” – Obstructionist Conduct or an Exercise in Restraint? – MidWinter Conference, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association, Naples, Florida (March 2015)
USERRA – 15th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review, The Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida (January 2015)
USERRA – 14th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review, The Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida (January 2014)
Internship Roundtable – Establishing a Winning Internship Program for the Company and Student: Legal Issues, Tampa Bay Technology Forum: Grow Tampa Bay Tech and the University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida (August 2013)
Trial Advocacy: Obtaining Attorneys’ Fees Practically & Ethically – The Summit for Workers’ Rights, Annual Convention, National Employment Lawyers Association, Denver, Colorado (June 2013)
USERRA – 13th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review, The Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida (February 2013)
Top Five Ethical Dilemmas Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Face – Soaking Up the Sun: Employment Law Exposure in Florida, Florida NELA Annual Conference, Florida Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association, St. Pete Beach, Florida (September 2012)
USERRA – 12th Annual Labor and Employment Law Certification Review, The Florida Bar, Orlando, Florida (February 2012)
Professionalism and Avoidance of Sanctions – Tips for Litigating Plaintiffs’ Employment Cases, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia (October 2011)
Maternal Wall Bias and Related Claims – Winter Conference, Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association, Lake Buena Vista, Florida (February 2010)
NELA’s Ethics Survival Kit: The Rules, Opinions & Decisions All NELA Members Should Have at Their Fingertips – 20th Annual Convention, National Employment Lawyers Association, Rancho Mirage, California (June 2009)
Welcome – Trial and Appellate Advocacy, Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association, St. Petersburg, Florida (September 2008)
The Life Cycle of the Attorney Client Relationship: Practice Tips from NELA’s Ethics and Sanctions Committee – 19th Annual Convention, National Employment Lawyers Association, Atlanta, Georgia (June 2008)
The Care and Feeding of Witnesses – 18th Annual Convention, National Employment Lawyers Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico (June 2007)
Who Can We Talk To? Ex Parte Communications and Ethical Concerns – Advocating the Rights of Employees in the 21st Century, Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association, Stuart, Florida (April 2007)
Motions for Sanctions in Federal Court – Employment Law at Its Best!, Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar, Plantation, Florida (September 2006)
The Ethical Conundrum: Sanctions Against Plaintiffs and Their Attorneys – 17th Annual Convention, National Employment Lawyers Association, San Francisco, California (June 2006)

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