Tony B. Griffin - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Tony B. Griffin

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1999
Phone: 813-229-3333

Tony B. Griffin is a Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law, resident in the Tampa office. For over 35 years Mr. Griffin has represented private and public employers throughout the United States in labor relations and employment law matters exclusively, including:

- union representation and union organizing campaigns,

- unfair labor practice proceedings and strikes,
- collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations,
- employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation issues,
- employment contracts, including non-compete agreements,
- Wage/Hour investigations, court actions, compliance and internal audits,
- employment policies and training,
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance,
- administrative and court proceedings, and alleged wrongful discharge matters.

Mr. Griffin holds the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with honors in economics and political science from the University of West Georgia (1973). He holds the Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Georgia (1976).

Mr. Griffin is admitted to the State Bar of Georgia as well as the Florida Bar. He was an elected member of the Executive Council of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar for six years, and served six terms as Chair of the Wage/Hour Liaison Committee. As a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Mr. Griffin served two terms as Chair of the Committee on Legal Economics and Technology and was Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section.

An AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell, Mr. Griffin has been listed in Who’s Who in American Law, since the 10th Edition, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 1999, published by Woodward/White, Inc. Mr. Griffin was in the first 2006, and all subsequent listings of Florida Super Lawyers, published by Law & Politics. He was among the first group of attorneys to be Board Certified as a specialist in labor and employment law by The Florida Bar in 2001 to date. Mr. Griffin was elected to the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys in 2003 and served several years as Co-Chair of its Wage and Hour Committee. He was also certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Civil Mediator in 2003, and by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 2004.
Mr. Griffin has been an adjunct professor of Industrial Relations and Labor Law at the University of South Florida College of Business, as well as a speaker and workshop leader at numerous seminars, meetings and conferences on public and private sector labor relations and employment law.


J.D., University of Georgia, 1976
B.B.A., with honors, University of West Georgia, 1973

Admitted to Practice:



“Local Governments and the Fair Labor Standards Act: The Impact of Garcia v. SAMTA and the 1985 FLSA Amendments,” Stetson Law Review, Vol. XV, No. 3, Sept. 1986

“The Fair Labor Standards Act and Other Wage/Hour Laws,” Florida Small Business Practice Manual, The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education, First Edition 1986, Second Edition 1991, Third Edition 1995, and Fourth Edition 1999

Wage and Hour Answer Book, Aspen Publishing, Inc., May 2000

Wage and Hour Answer Book, Second Edition, Aspen Publishing, Inc., November 2004


Academy of Florida Management Attorneys, American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section), Hillsborough County Bar Association, The Florida Bar (Labor and Employment Law Section), Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. 

University of West GeorgiaBBA 1973University of GeorgiaJ.D. 1976

Case History

Multiple cases

I.          a)         City of Lakeland, Florida

This is a good “snap shot” example of current labor and employment issues facing local governments in Florida during the recession before federally mandated collective bargaining for public safety employees becomes the “law of the land.” Approximately 20 states and their local governments are in for a rude awakening:

1.               Separate collective bargaining with the police and fire unions for successorship contracts when there are no funds available for wage and benefits improvements or perhaps even holding the line.

2.               Two years of collective bargaining with the Lakeland Electric Union where 49 out of 50 articles have been tentatively agreed to and only one on wages remains open with the Union declaring an impasse, which under Florida Public Sector Law leads to a special master hearing and recommendation and if rejected by either party, the elected City Commission must decide the dispute; while an unfair labor practice over non-payment of an across the board wage increase has been pending before the Public Employers Relation Commission which has reviewed the matter three times ruling in favor of the employer, but with the Union appealing for the second time to the State Court of Appeals.

3.               The same Union that won an election at Lakeland Electric was defeated in a recent election at the Waters Utilities Department and did not file election objections.

4.               Arbitrations over discipline less than discharge are on the rise.

All of the above are current while Public Sector Defined Benefit Pension Plans are suffering under-funded liability issues which must be paid for by someone, along with rising healthcare costs.  Legislative bodies understandably are reluctant to raise taxes, therefore the foregoing scenario present an obviously difficult balancing act for all involved with legal, financial, political and human interests at stake.

c)               Tony B. Griffin, Guilène F. Theodore


d)               2007 to present and on-going


Contact:           Tony Delgado

                                    Deputy City Manager


II.               a)         Val-Pak /Cox Target Media, a division of Cox Enterprises

b)               A good example of labor and employment impacts on locally operated production plants which have a national presence, and  involves the company which produces the famous blue envelopes distributed to most homes in the United States containing discount coupons.  Over a period of years the company built a state-of-the art, high-tech printing and distribution facility to the point where human hands almost do not have to touch the paper and envelopes which are produced for direct consumer marketing.  Literally years of construction, planning, and training of employees were expended with the plant coming on-line in essence at the time of the beginning of the recession.  As a part of Cox Newspapers the company was publically placed “up for sale.”  Reductions in force have occurred at most levels challenging a bright and proactive human resources department to keep morale up and production flowing while incurring very low liability allegations.

c)               Tony B. Griffin, Karen M. Morinelli, Guilène F. Theodore

d)               2007 to present and on-going

Contact:           Janet Guyler

            Vice President of Human Resources


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Office Location

100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 1300
Tampa, FL 33602
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

Other Information

Gender: Male