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  1. Employment: 50%
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Personal Injury: 25%

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  • Gabe Neibergall

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lechner is on the cutting-edge of his field. He exhibits patience and understanding when answering his clients' questions, and he truly cares about protecting his clients and their legal interests.

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  • Jason M. Melton

    Jay is the finest Employment lawyer in Florida based on my 13 years in practice. He is Board Certified and clients are benefited by his many years of practice in State and Federal Court. I endorse this lawyer.

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Whittel & Melton, LLC

One Progress Plaza
200 Central Ave., #400
St. Petersburg, FL, 33701

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200106/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2010
N/ASuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Board Certified - Labor & Employment LawFlorida Bar2009
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Volunteer Fire FighterVoorhees Fire District1996 - 1998
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionExecutive Council2013 - Present
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section, Publications CommitteeChair2013 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Fair Labor Standards Act SubcommitteeMember2002 - Present
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2001 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Federal Labor Standards Legislation CommitteeMember2001 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2001 - Present
Florida Bar, Judicial Independence CommitteeMember2009 - 2011
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, Sarbanes-Oxley Act SubcommitteeMember2004 - 2012
Florida Bar, Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board Services CommitteeChair2003 - 2004
Tampa Bay American Inn of CourtMember2001 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Maidani v. Hillsborough Cty., 57 So. 3d 856 (Fla. 2d DCA 2011)N/A
Rowsey v. Univ. of S. Fla. Bd. of Trustees, 38 So. 3d 779 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010)N/A
Hubbard v. Hillsborough Cty. Civil Service Bd., 977 So. 2d 586 (Fla. 2d DCA 2008)N/A
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
BNA BooksThe Fair Labor Standards Act (Chapter Editor/Author)2016
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionEleventh Circuit: Failure to Follow Progressive Discipline Policy Is Circumstantial Evidence of Discrimination2016
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionRecent Employment Decisions Regarding Package Delivery Workers2015
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionEleventh Circuit: First Amendment Does Not Protect Speech That Implicitly Encourages Retaliatory Harassment By Coworkers2014
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionU.S. Supreme Court: Donning and Doffing of Protective Gear is “Changing Clothes” Under FLSA2014
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionEleventh Circuit Further Undermines Defense Strategy of Avoiding Attorneys’ Fees in FLSA Cases by Tendering Full Relief2013
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionClass Action Waivers in FLSA Cases Upheld by Eighth Circuit2013
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionYes, Employees May (Sometimes) be Fired for Incriminating Facebook Posts2012
Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law SectionWritten Policy for Reporting Time Saves Employer From FLSA Liability2012
National Law ReviewUSSC: Validity Of Noncompetition Agreement Containing Arbitration Provision Cannot, Under The Supremacy Clause, Be Addressed By State Supreme Court2012
National Law ReviewMay Employers Require Job Applicants To Provide Home Addresses?2012
National Law ReviewArrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions: EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance and Best Practices2012
National Law Review“Illegal” job interview questions?2012
National Law ReviewWhy You Should Check With Legal Before Searching Employee’s Emails2012
National Law ReviewDOL, Courts Interpretations of SOX Grow More Divergent2012
National Law ReviewFMLA for Pets2011
National Law ReviewEleventh Circuit rejects overreaching DOL regulation2011
National Law ReviewProposed cybersecurity legislation would protect employers from information theft by departing employees, if a policy prohibits such conduct2011
National Law ReviewEEOC Publishes Final ADAAA Regulations2011
LexologyLooking for Love in One of the Wrong Places- Your Employer's Computer2011
LexologyDodd-Frank Amends Sarbanes-Oxley and Creates New Whistleblower Protections2010
LexologyObesity - Physical Characteristic or Physical Impairment under the ADA?2010
LexologyFear of Disparate Impact Liability Does Not Justify Race-Based Employment Decisions After Ricci v. DeStefano2009
The Checkoff, Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law SectionCo-Author, "New Florida Law Requires Employers To Provide Domestic Violence Leave"2008
Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society Practice GroupsSarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Provisions: A Study in Statutory Construction2007
Lawyer (HCBA)New Regulations Issued Regarding 'No Match' Letters2006
Florida Bar JournalSarbanes-Oxley Criminal Whistleblower Provisions & the Workplace: More Than Just Securities Fraud2006
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section NewsletterCo-Author, "Annual Update on the Whistleblower Provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002"2005
Florida Bar JournalCover Feature: "The New FLSA White-Collar Regulations - Analysis of Changes"2005
Lawyer (HCBA)Florida Outflanks Federalism, USERRA Suits Against the State2005
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section NewsletterRecent Developments Under The Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Provision2005
BNA BooksEmployment Discrimination Law (Contributor)2005
Nova Law ReviewRecent Trends in the Eleventh Circuit: Removal Jurisdiction and Procedures in Employment Law Litigation2004
Southwestern University Law ReviewLearning form Experience: Why Racial Diversity Cannot Be a Legally Compelling Interest in Elementary and Secondary Education2003
Florida Bar JournalCorporate Misdeeds And Their Impact Upon Enforceability Of Executive Employment Agreement Indemnification Provisions2003
The Checkoff, Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section2003 Amendments to the Florida Civil Rights Act2003
Lawyer (HCBA)ADA 'Threat to Self' Defense - Let the Doctors Decide2002
University of Florida Journal of Law and Public PolicyNote, "The 1999 Amendments to the Jimmy Ryce Involuntary Civil Commitment for Sexually Violent Predators' Treatment and Care Act; A Dangerous Step Down the Slippery Slope"2000
The Agenda (Florida Bar)What Remains of Government Employees' Due Process Rights After Cotton v. Jackson2000
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of FloridaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990