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William Jeffrey Carnes practices law in Tampa, Florida.  He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with concentrations in Business Administration and Economics from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina and his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. He has successfully completed the required training program meeting the standards for the EEOC’s EEO Investigator Training.  He is a present or past member of the Florida Bar, American Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Florida NELA, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.  He is licensed to practice in all Florida Courts and the Middle District Court of the 11th Circuit Federal Court.  Jeff Carnes serves as an adjunct professor on the University of South Florida faculty; teaching courses in Labor and Employment Law and Labor Negotiation and Collective Bargaining Agreement Administration in the School of Business Administration. He is certified as an arbitrator with the Council of Better Business Bureaus.  He is founder and Managing Director of Lectores Information Technology, with emphasis on labor/management education and training.  His first book,  The Survivor’s Guide to a Successful Public Sector Union aka Finding The Forest Without Any Trees, is now on sale at


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  1. Employment: 100%
    23 years



Hourly ($175-275/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

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William J Carnes Attorney at Law

6018 North Flora Vista Avenue
Tampa, 33604


FLMember in Good Standing199206/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing DirectorLectores Labor Consulting1999 - Present
Adjunct InstructorUniversity of South Florida1993 - Present
10th District Vice-presidentFlorida Professional Firefighters1988 - 1990
CaptainTampa Fire Department1974 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
West Central Florida Industrial Relations Research AssociationPresident EmeritusN/A
Labor Relations Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida BarCo-ChairmanN/A
Council of Better Business Bureaus.ArbitratorN/A
AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating CommitteeMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The Survivor’s Guide to a Successful Public Sector Union:The Survivor’s Guide to a Successful Public Sector Union:2007
Professional Firefighter MagazineFinding The Forest Without Any Trees2007
Florida Medical Directors Association, Progress Reports NewsletterNursing Home Medical Directors: Employees? Subcontractors? Does It Matter?2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1992
Catawba CollegeBusiness AdministrationOther - Bachelors1969
Wingate UniversityBusiness AdministrationAssociate Bachelors1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
FPF ConventionLectores Lobbying School2009
Florida Labor Management ConferenceLeadership in a Bad Labor/Management Environment2009
IAFF 12th District CaucusLectores Lobbying School2008
:Employment Law for Nurses2008
34th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations ForumRoundtable: Impasse 2008: Special Magistrate Perspective2008