Janet Wise

Janet Wise

Sass Law Firm - Representing Employees in Workplace Disputes
  • Employment Law
  • Florida, Georgia
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Janet E. Wise is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar since 2001, which recognizes her special knowledge, skills and proficiency in labor and employment law, along with her professionalism and ethical standards. As an attorney with the Sass Law Firm, she brings over 27 years of experience to the practice which primarily represents employees from both the private and public sectors in workplace disputes. Ms. Wise speaks frequently on employment law topics, especially in the area of attorney ethics, and serves on various committees, both locally and nationally. Janet has made the Florida Super Lawyer® list in Employment Law since 2014 as published by Thomson Reuters.

Ms. Wise graduated cum laude from Newberry College before obtaining her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law, and she is admitted to both The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Georgia. Janet is a member, and 2019-2020 Vice Chair, of The Florida Bar’s Labor & Employment Law Certification Committee, which is responsible for, among other things, determining whether applicants have met the minimum standards for Board Certification in Labor and Employment Law and developing and grading Labor and Employment Law certification examinations in Florida. Ms. Wise is a past President of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and past co-chair of NELA’s Ethics and Sanctions Committee, and she continues to support attorneys who practice in the area of labor and employment law by her work on NELA’s Ethics and Sanctions Committee.

Education
Georgia State University College of Law
J.D. (1992)
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Newberry College
B.A. (1989)
Honors: cum laude
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Sass Law Firm
- Current
Practicing labor and employment law, advocating for employee rights, and representing individuals in workplace disputes involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, whistleblower protection, wage and hour issues, employment contracts and severance agreements, including non-compete provisions and arbitration agreements
Attorney
Burr & Smith, LLP
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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
Attorney
Kyres Law Firm
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Practicing labor and employment law, representing almost exclusively individuals
Attorney
Kelly & McKee, P.A.
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Practicing labor and employment law, representing exclusively individuals, with a significant portion of the practice focused on traditional labor law matters and union representation.
Attorney
Law Office of Mary Ann B. Oakley and Dana E. McDonald, P.C.
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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.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Does the Opposition Clause Have Only Selective Application? The Use of the Manager Rule by Defendants to Limit Retaliation Claims
National Employment Lawyers Association
Ethics Tips for NELA Lawyers
Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
Avoiding Sanctions
National Employment Lawyers Association
“Objection as to Form” – Obstructionist Conduct or an Exercise in Restraint?
Section of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association
Issues to Consider When Providing Internship Programs
Tampa Bay Technology Forum: Grow Tampa Bay Tech and the University of Tampa
Obtaining Attorneys’ Fees Practically & Ethically
National Employment Lawyers Association
Top Five Ethical Dilemmas Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Face
Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
Professionalism and Avoidance of Sanctions
State Bar of Georgia
Maternal Wall Bias and Related Claims
Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
NELA’s Ethics Survival Kit: The Rules, Opinions & Decisions All NELA Members Should Have at Their Fingertips
National Employment Lawyers Association
Preparing or Coaching the Witness: Where is the Ethical Line?
National Employment Lawyers Association
Who Can We Talk To? Ex Parte Communications and Ethical Concerns
Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
Motions for Sanctions in Federal and State Court
Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar
Survey of Rule 11 Case Law from 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and D.C. Circuits
National Employment Lawyers Association
Speaking Engagements
Does the Opposition Clause Have Only Selective Application? The Use of the Manager Rule by Defendants to Limit Retaliation Claims, Empower | Educate | Excel, Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana
National Employment Lawyers Association
Ethics Topics, 2016 Labor Day Conference, St. Pete Beach, Florida
Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
Ethics Tips from the Experts, Celebrating 30 Years of Employee Rights Advocacy, Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia
National Employment Lawyers Association
“Objection as to Form” – Obstructionist Conduct or an Exercise in Restraint?, Midwinter Conference, Naples, Florida
Section of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association
USERRA (The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act), 15th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review, Orlando, Florida
Continuing Legal Education Committee and Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar
USERRA (The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act), 14th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review, Orlando, Florida
Continuing Legal Education Committee and Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar
Internship Roundtable, Establishing a Winning Internship Program for the Company and Student: Legal Issues, Tampa, Florida
Tampa Bay Technology Forum: Grow Tampa Bay Tech and the University of Tampa
Obtaining Attorneys’ Fees Practically & Ethically, The Summit for Workers’ Rights, Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado
National Employment Lawyers Association
USERRA (The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act), 13th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review, Orlando, Florida
Continuing Legal Education Committee and Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar
Top Five Ethical Dilemmas Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyers Face, Soaking Up the Sun: Employment Law Exposure in Florida, Annual Conference, St. Pete Beach, Florida
Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
USERRA (The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act), 12th Annual Labor and Employment Law Certification Review, Orlando, Florida
Continuing Legal Education Committee and Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar
Professionalism and Avoidance of Sanctions, Tips for Litigating Plaintiffs’ Employment Cases, Atlanta, Georgia
State Bar of Georgia
Maternal Wall Bias and Related Claims, Litigation Perspectives from Start to Finish, Winter Conference, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
NELA’s Ethics Survival Kit: The Rules, Opinions & Decisions All NELA Members Should Have at Their Fingertips, 20th Annual Convention, Rancho Mirage, California
National Employment Lawyers Association
Welcome, Trial and Appellate Advocacy, St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
The Life Cycle of the Attorney Client Relationship: Practice Tips from NELA’s Ethics and Sanctions Committee, 19th Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia
National Employment Lawyers Association
The Care and Feeding of Witnesses: Fact Pattern – Preparing or Coaching Witnesses: Where Is The Ethical Line?, 18th Annual Convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico
National Employment Lawyers Association
Who Can We Talk To? Ex Parte Communications and Ethical Concerns, Advocating the Rights of Employees in the 21st Century, Stuart, Florida
Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
Motions for Sanctions in Federal Court, Employment Law at Its Best!, Plantation, Florida
Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar
The Ethical Conundrum: Sanctions Against Plaintiffs and Their Attorneys, Bridging the Divide: Strategies for Fairness in the Workplace, 17th Annual Convention, San Francisco, California
National Employment Lawyers Association
Certifications
Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law since 2001
The Florida Bar
Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
Marquis Who’s Who®
Florida Super Lawyers® in Labor & Employment Law, since 2014
Thomson Reuters
Who's Who in American Law, since 2017
Marquis Who’s Who®
Superb 10.0 ratting, since 2006
Avvo
Professional Associations
Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar
Member
Current
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National Employment Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
Member
Current
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Advisory Council, Ethics and Sanctions Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association
Council Member
- Current
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Labor & Employment Law Certification Committee, Standing Committee, The Florida Bar
Committee Member
- Current
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Governance Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association
Committee Member
- Current
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Labor & Employment Law Certification Committee, Standing Committee, The Florida Bar
Vice Chair
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Ethics and Sanctions Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association
Committee Member
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Ethics and Sanctions Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association
Co-Chair
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Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
President
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Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
President-Elect
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Sanctions Committee, Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
Director
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
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Georgia
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    VISA and MASTERCARD only, along with checks and cash
Practice Area
  • Employment Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Sass Law Firm | Representing Employees | Tampa Employment Lawyers
Blog
Employee Rights Reporter | Sass Law Firm
Contact & Map
Sass Law Firm
601 West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33603
USA
Telephone: (813) 251-5599
Fax: (813) 259-9797