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JANET E. WISE

Board Certified Attorney
in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar

Sass Law Firm.
601 West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33603
813.251.5599


ADMISSIONS

The Florida Bar, 1992
Florida Supreme Court, 1992
Florida Second District Court of Appeal, 1992
State Bar of Georgia, 1992
Supreme Court of Georgia, 1992
Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, 1992
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1993
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1994
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1992


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law – The Florida Bar, since 2001
Member – Labor & Employment Law Certification Committee, The Florida Bar, 2016-2019
Member – Governance Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association, since 2017
Co-Chair – Ethics and Sanctions Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2008-2015
President – Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2007-2008
President-Elect – Florida Chapter,  National Employment Lawyers Association, 2006-2007
Director – Sanctions Committee, Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association, 2004-2006
Member –  Ethics and Sanctions Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association, since 2002
Member – Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar
Member – National Employment Lawyers Association
Member – Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor – Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1992
Bachelor of Arts – Newberry College, cum laude, Newberry, South Carolina, 1989

CAREER EXPERIENCE

Attorney – Sass Law Firm, practicing labor and employment law, representing almost exclusively individuals, 2006-present
Attorney – Burr & Smith, LLP, practicing labor and employment law representing exclusively individuals, focusing on class and collective action employment law under the employment discrimination laws and Fair Labor Standards Act, 2004-2006
Attorney– Kyres Law Firm, practicing labor and employment law, representing almost exclusively individuals, 2002-2004
Attorney – Kelly & McKee, P.A., practicing labor and employment law, representing exclusively individuals, with a significant portion of the practice focused on traditional labor law matters and union representation, 1994-2002
Attorney – Law Office of Mary Ann B. Oakley and Dana E. McDonald, P.C., practicing labor and employment law representing primarily individuals, in addition to workers’ compensation law representing Georgia’s Subsequent Injury Trust Fund, and wills, trusts and estate law, 1992-1994

HONORS AND AWARDS

Superb 10.0 – AVVO rating, since 2006
Florida Super Lawyers – Labor & Employment Law by Thomson Reuters, 2014-present

PUBLICATIONS

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

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

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