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GrayRobinson, PA

Labor & Employment

5 ranked lawyersBand 2FloridaUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Established employer-focused practice that advises clients on the full spectrum of labor and employment matters. Expertise covers discrimination, retaliation and noncompetition matters. Represents both public and private sector clients, with notable experience in the healthcare and education sectors. Statewide geographical reach with offices throughout Florida. Provides industry education and updates on changes and developments within the labor and employment sector.


A client appreciates that"each individual is bright, knowledgeable in the areas of labor and employment law, experienced in court trials and procedures, friendly and easy to work with as well as quick to respond to legal questions."

Sources regard the firm as "very strong with a lot of expertise and good coverage across the state."

An interviewee describes GrayRobinson as "very impressive," adding: "No matter what legal issue comes up, the firm has someone who can handle it."

Work highlights

Acted for Facebook in a claim for alleged negligent exercise of retained control, negligent provision of unsafe equipment and violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Notable practitioners

Deborah La Fleur undertakes a wide array of employment disputes on behalf of employers.

Gregory Hearing is a highly esteemed lawyer with a wealth of experience in traditional labor matters, including labor arbitrations.
"He is well known in the employment arena with a very good reputation." "He is very competent, professional and conscientious."

Marlene Quintana is an experienced labor and employment litigator, with strength in Title VII, ADA, FLSA and FMLA matters. She draws praise for her experience as a mediator.
"She's got a thriving mediation practice in labor and employment and is very well liked across the plaintiffs' and defense Bars." "She is a great lawyer and I would team with her in a heartbeat."

Susan Spradley is noted for her deft handling of a wide range of contentious labor and employment issues, including discrimination cases.
"She is a very talented attorney." "Susan is an expert in labor and employment law matters and is quick to respond to questions."

Thomas Gonzalez is a seasoned labor and employment lawyer with particular strength in contentious matters.
"A phenomenal labor lawyer and leader in the field." "He is the most respected jury trial lawyer in the labor and employment space in the state."

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GrayRobinson represents/provides legal options to a broad base of public and private (profit and non-profit) employers in all employment-related matters regarding litigation before agencies and in federal and state courts; arbitration; mediation; government audits; the prevention of legal disputes, compliance and contractual disputes; mergers and acquisitions; and internal issues. Such representation concerns all employment-related laws, including all discrimination and retaliation matters under federal and state laws; the ADA (including accessibility matters); federal and state wage and hour claims (including collective actions); FMLA; WARN Act; OSHA; FCRA; restrictive covenants; trade secrets; private and public whistleblower claims; and employment tort claims. We also prepare contracts, handbooks, policies, and provide internal HR audits and training.

The firm is nationally recognized in providing advice regarding traditional labor law matters on behalf of employers throughout the U.S. We provide training to employers to avoid or obtain a union-free workplace. In addition, we represent employers in union elections under the NLRB and PERC; unfair labor practice litigation, collective bargaining and arbitrations.

GrayRobinson leverages its capabilities through participating as a member of the Employment Law Alliance, a select group of highly respected, broad-based law firms that are capable of servicing virtually every legal need for their clients across the globe.


Spradley, Susan (Head of Department)

Andrews, William H

Bard, Benjamin W

Bowles, Matthew A

Dyson, Sacha

Gonzalez, Thomas M

Hatcher-Bolin, Kristie

Hearing, Gregory A

Khoyi, Natasha

La Fleur, Deborah L

Loffredo, Thomas

Marchman, Stephanie

Novick, Craig F

Proudfoot, Jake K

Quintana, Marlene

Reiner, Sarah P

Sullivan, Kevin M

Thomas, Charles J


Abbott Labs

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

Bisk Education, Inc.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.

Career Source

City of Bradenton

City of Clearwater

City of Groveland, Florida

City of Miami

City of Sarasota

City of Tampa

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc.

Cox Enterprises

Eckerd College

Excelis Medical Associates


Florida College

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fox Sports Net

Health First

Hillsborough County

Home Depot

Interlachen Country Club

LiveTrends Design Group, LLC


Orange County, Florida

Port Tampa Bay

Seminole State College

Shands Hospital

Star Distribution

Summit Care II, Inc.

Tampa Electric Company

Tampa General Hospital

Town of Howey-in-the-Hills

Town of Windermere

Twentieth Century Fox

University of South Florida

University of Tampa


Verizon Wireless

Walgreen Co.

Werner Transportation

Wycliffe USA

Zoo Tampa



Charities / Not for Profit

Commercial and Professional Services

Construction & Materials


Financial Services


Health Care

Industrial Engineering


Private Clients / Individuals

Real Estate

Religious Organizations



Software & Computer Services

Telecommunications & Media



Labor & Employment

GrayRobinson, PA


301 East Pine Street

Suite 1400




FL 32801

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Labor & Employment

Deborah L La Fleur
Band 4
Gregory A Hearing
Band 1
Susan Spradley
Band 3
Thomas M Gonzalez
Senior Statespeople

Labor & Employment: Mediators

Marlene Quintana
Band 1