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Cynthia Sass

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination

About Me

 


Cynthia N. Sass, Esquire, is the sole shareholder of the Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass, P.A., a four-attorney firm based in Tampa, Florida. Cynthia Sass obtained her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1987 and graduated from Smith College. She 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, Cynthia Sass has limited her practice to labor and employment matters.  Ms. Sass has been active in the litigation of employment discrimination cases in various federal and state courts, and has significant experience in all aspects of the practice of employment law. 

Cynthia Sass is a member of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions, and is Employee Co-Chair of the Technology Sub-Committee of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Section of the American Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Section. She is also Employee Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Labor & Employment Law Employment-at-Will and National Programs subcommittees, as well as a Board Member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Trial Lawyer Section. She is the past Chair of The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section for 2006-2007, served as its Legal Education Chair in 2004-2005, and the CLE Chair for 2003-2004. Cynthia Sass was President of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, also called Florida NELA, in 1999-2000.  Florida NELA is the state chapter of a national organization of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, employee benefits and other employment-related matters  Ms. Sass is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). Cynthia Sass served as co-Chair of the Individual Rights Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar and was appointed an Executive Council Member in 1998. Additionally, Ms. Sass 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.  She is also included on its Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. Ms. Sass' firm is also included in the U.S. News & World Report - Best Law Firms for 2011-2015. In November 2011 she was inducted as a Fellow of The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. The Best Lawyers in America has named Cynthia Sass as one of the best attorneys in Labor and Employment Law the country since 2006. Florida Trend magazine selected Ms. Sass as one of their Legal Elite in the area of labor and employment law for eight years. She also has been named a Florida Super Lawyer starting in 2006, and made their Top 50 Women in Florida list since 2008 and is one of their Top 50 Tampa Bay Super Lawyers. Since 2009 she was included in Marquis Who's Who in American Law.  In 2014 Ms. Sass was chosen by The National Trial Lawyers as a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Employment & Labor: 40%
  2. Wrongful Termination: 20%
  3. Sexual Harassment: 20%
  4. Discrimination: 20%

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Contact Info

Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass, P.A.

601 West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Tampa, FL, 33603-3449

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198705/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
The Best Law Firms in America since 2005Best Lawyers in America2015
Best Law Firms - Labor & Employment Law since 2011U.S. News & World Report2015
The Best Lawyers in America since 2005Best Lawyers in America2015
Florida Super Lawyers - Labor and Employment Law since 2006Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Who's Who in American Law list since 2009Marquis Who's Who2014
Top 50 Women in Florida since 2008Super Lawyers2014
The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Law Firm since 2005Martindale-Hubbell2014
The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, IndividualMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Legal Elite, Labor and Employment LawFlorida Trend Magazine2014
Top 50 Tampa Bay Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Outstanding Service AwardThe Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Law Section2007
Outstanding Faculty Member, Employment Law Trial Skills ProgramStetson University College of Law2001

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Shareholder AttorneyLaw Offices of Cynthia N. Sass, P.A.1993 - Present
AssociateAlley and Alley, Chartered1990 - 1993
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit1987 - 1990

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionEmployee Co-Chair, Technology Subcommittee of the ERR2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionEmployee Co-Chair, National Programming Subcommittee2014 - 2015
College of Labor and Employment LawyersFellow2011 - Present
Florida Supreme Court, Standard Jury Instructions CommitteeChair, Spoliation Subcommittee of the Employment Law Committee2010 - 2012
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionEmployee Co-Chair, Technology in the Practice & Workplace2010 - 2012
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationBoard Member, Trial Lawyers Section2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionEmployee Co-Chair, Employment-at-Will Subcommittee of the ERR2010 - Present
Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury InstructionsMember, Employment Law Committee2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionParticipant, Leadership Development Program2009 - 2012
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionChair2006 - 2007
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionChair-Elect2005 - 2006
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionLegal Education Chair2004 - 2005
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionCLE Chair2003 - 2004
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionCo-Chair, Judicial Education Committee2002 - 2003
Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers AssociationPresident1999 - 2000
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionCo-Chair, Individual Rights Committee1999 - 2000
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionExecutive Council Member1998 - Present
Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers AssociationPresident-Elect1998 - 1999
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
13th Annual Employment Law: Beyond the Basics, Sterling Education ServicesPrivacy and Social Media in the Workplace2014
Tampa Bay Paralegal AssociationEmployment Claims You Should Know About2014
Midwinter Meeting, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee, Section of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar AssociationBYOD: An Employee's Perspective2014
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationA Primer for Workers' Compensation: Attorneys on Common Employment Claims2014
Blazing the Trail: Courage | Challenge | Change, 2014 Annual Convention, National Employment Lawyers AssociationSocial Media, Employer Surveillance and Employee Privacy2014
Employee Documentation, Discipline & Discharge, National Business InstituteWhen and How to Discipline or Discharge2013
Employee Documentation, Discipline & Discharge, National Business InstituteRecruitment/Hiring Documents2013
Annual CLE Seminar, Hillsborough County Bar AssociationEthical Issues Facing Attorneys in the Age of Technology2013
2013 Midwinter Meeting, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee, American Bar AssociationUpdate on Ethical Issues and Social Media2013
11th Circuit Regional Program, The College of Labor and Employment LawyersCurrent Issues in Fair Labor Standards Act Litigation2012
National Business Institute Seminar - TeleconferenceFlorida Update: Employment Law2012
Sixth Annual Conference, Labor & Employment Law Section, American Bar AssociationElectronic Dumpster Diving: The Legal Ethics of "TMI"2012
Employment at Will, A State-by-State Survey, Bureau of National Affairs and American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law SectionRegional Editor, Southeast Region2011
Continuing Legal Education Luncheon, Plant City Bar AssociationGeneral Practitioners Beware! Employment Claims You Should Know About2011
5th Annual Conference, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar AssociationRainmaking: The Art of Increasing Business for Your Law Firm2011
Clear Skies and Smooth Sailing for Employment Law Cases, Summer Conference, Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers AssociationValuing a Case2011
Employment at Will, A State-by-State Survey, Bureau of National Affairs and American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law SectionFlorida Chapter, Co-Author2011
Employment Law Update: Contemporary Challenges in a Changing Workplace, Sterling Education ServicesPrivacy and Social Media in the Workplace2011
Advanced Labor Topics 2011, Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida BarThe Rise of the Machines: Discovery and Spoliation Issues in This Age of Technology2011
Emerging Legal Issues: Employment Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Seminar, Hillsborough County Bar Association10 Biggest Mistakes Employers Make From a Plaintiff Attorney's Perspective2011
4th Annual Conference, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar AssociationUp In The Air and Everywhere: E-Discovery Beyond Email, Cloud Computing and Virtual Servers2010
GTAR Real Estate Live Seminar and Career Development Seminar, University of PhoenixLegal Issues Facing Job Seekers2010
Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee Mid Year Meeting, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar AssociationElectronic Discovery and Technology-Derived Evidence2010
Employment Law Overview for Law Firms and Law Practices, President's Showcase, Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida BarChange You Can Believe In (Like It or Not!): Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Paycheck Fairness Act, Family and Medical Leave Act Revisions, and Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments2009
The Many Facets of Employment Discrimination, EEOC and City of Tampa Division of Community AffairsDischarge and Discipline2008
Employment Laws Affecting Larger Law Firms, What Every Law Firm and Law Practice Needs to Know About Federal and Florida Employment Laws, Presidential Showcase, Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida BarThe Florida Civil Rights Act & Current Legal Developments Under the FLMA2008
Fighting For The Rights Of Florida Employees!, Fall Conference, Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers AssociationSettlement of Employment Cases2007
Preparedness in the Changing Environment of Employment Practice, 25th Annual Multi-State Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Tulane University Law SchoolDrafting Considerations in Employment Settlement Agreements (Plaintiff’s Perspective)2007
FMLA Update and 11th Amendment Immunity, Summer Conference, Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers AssociationCurrent Legal Developments Under The FMLA - Plaintiff’s And Defendant’s Perspective2006
Preparedness in the Changing Environment of Employment Practice, 24th Annual Multi-State Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Tulane University Law SchoolCurrent Legal Developments under the FMLA - Plaintiff’s Perspective2006
Advanced Labor Topics, Continuing Legal Education and Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida BarHow Do You Value Your Case?2006
Wage and Hour Law: Answers to Everyday Questions, National Business InstituteSolving Unique Pay Questions2006
Lawyer magazine, Hillsborough County Bar AssociationAn Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act for the Non-Employment Lawyer2005
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit SeminarThe Florida Civil Rights Act2005
Overtime: How the New Regulations Affect Your Clients or Your Company in Florida, National Business InstituteWage and Hour Law: Compliance Under the New FLSA Overtime Regulations2005
Lawyer magazine, Hillsborough County Bar AssociationDepartment of Labor's Regulation Requiring Notice Under the Family & Medical Leave Held Invalid by the Eleventh Circuit1999
Lawyer magazine, Hillsborough County Bar AssociationIs Written Notice a Condition Precedent to Bringing a Whistleblower Cause of Action Against A Private Employer?1997
Lawyer magazine, Hillsborough County Bar AssociationTaxation of Recoveries Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act After Schleier1995
The CheckoffSexual Harassment: Psychological Injury No Longer Necessary to Prove Hostile Work Environment1993

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Smith CollegeEconomics and Theatre (double major)BA - Bachelor of Arts1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Seminar LuncheonEmployment Claims You Should Know About2014
Midwinter Meeting, Employment Rights & Responsibilities SectionBalancing Interests in a BYOD World2014
CLE Luncheon, Worker's Compensation SectionWorker's Compensation Attorneys' Fees for Claimant's Attorney and Relevant ERISA and Labor Law Issues2014
Blazing the Trail: Courage | Challenge | Change, 2014 Annual ConventionSocial Media, Employer Surveillance and Employee Privacy2014
13th Annual Employment Law: Beyond the BasicsPrivacy and Social Media in the Workplace2014
National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment LawSocial Media: The Separation of Work and Play2013
Employee Documentation, Discipline & DischargeRecruitment/Hiring Documents2013
Employee Documentation, Discipline & DischargeWhen and How to Discipline or Discharge2013
Annual CLE SeminarEthical Issues Facing Attorneys in the Age of Technology2013
2013 Midwinter MeetingUpdate on Ethical Issues and Social Media2013
TeleconferenceFlorida Update: Employment Law2012
6th Annual ConferenceElectronic Dumpster Diving: The Legal Ethics of "TMI"2012
Florida NELA Fall Conference: Fighting For The Rights Of Florida Employees!Settlement of Employment Cases2007
25th Annual Multi-State Labor & Employment Law SeminarDrafting Considerations in Employment Settlement Agreements (Plaintiff's Perspective)2007
Florida State Bar AssociationHow Do You Value Your Case?2006
Florida Public Personnel AssociationFair Labor Standards Act2006
Florida NELAFMLA and 11th Amendment Immunity - Current Legal Developments Under The FMLA-Plaintiff's and Defendant's Perspective2006
24th Annual Multi-State Labor & Employment Law SeminarCurrent Legal Developments under the FMLA (Plaintiff's Perspective)2006
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit SeminarThe Florida Civil Rights Act2005
Human Resources Law UpdateHarassment and Discrimination Update for the Modern Workplace2004
HR Tampa Fall Expo & Legal ConferenceArbitration - Pros and Cons from the Plaintiff's Perspective2004
WCEA ConferenceI Can't Possibly Be a Target2003
2001 Midwinter MeetingMediation and Predispute Resolution and Investigation2001
2001 Midwinter MeetingModerator - The Pitfalls of Thinking of Clauses as Boilerplate (In Non-Competition Agreements)2001
Tenth Annual ConventionRestrictive Covenants: Attacking The New Servitude1999
Florida NELA SeminarState Law Claims1999
ABA EEO Basics SeminarDiscovery Issues1999
Florida NELA SeminarNew Traps and Sinkholes in the Florida Civil Rights Act1998
Personnel Law Update 1996 ConventionStress and Mental Disorder: New Responsibilities for Employers Under the ADA1996