William E. Grob - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

William E. Grob

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 813-221-7228

Bill Grob focuses his practice exclusively on labor and employment law representing management.  He has served as lead trial counsel in cases in federal and state courts, and has extensive experience as lead counsel in a variety of labor and employment matters, including numerous collective actions, involving wage/hour and overtime litigation, race discrimination, disability discrimination, leave issues and harassment.  Much of Bill’s practice involves enforcing and defending non-compete covenants, obtaining injunctions, litigating employment issues, and representing staffing companies, restaurants,  and employee leasing companies. Bill has also been a featured speaker at numerous employment and education law-related seminars for managers and organizations throughout Florida and the Southeast.Bill formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Florida for six years; was Legislative Chair, President and currently is the Immediate Past President of the Suncoast Human Resource Management Association (SHRMA) and is the former co-chair for the Labor & Employment Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA).Before graduating from high school, Bill worked with his father in the family business involving the sales and reconditioning of athletic equipment.  After college, Bill worked in human resource management and operations for approximately five years.  During law school he served as a law clerk for the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals, and he worked in the labor and employment section of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Regional Office of General Counsel in Atlanta.

University of South FloridaMPA 1986University of FloridaBA 1988Georgia State UniversityJ.D. 2000
Florida Leadership Council for HR Florida Polk Theatre in Lakeland, FloridaSuncoast Human Resource Management AssociationHillsborough County Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
Notable Cases
  • January 2013 – Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a large corporation under the Florida Trade Secrets Act, among other causes of action.
  • 2012 – Obtained summary judgment and appellate court order affirming dismissal of sexual harassment claim against national restaurant chain.
  • August 2012 – Obtained agreed dismissal of 3 plaintiffs alleging race discrimination against national restaurant chain.
  • 2011 – Obtained dismissal of action and order affirming decision from the Nevada Supreme Court in whistleblower action on behalf of national healthcare employer in Nevada.
  • November 2011 – Obtained defense verdict from federal jury stemming from claims by 2 plaintiffs alleging race discrimination under 42 U.S.C. Section 1981.
  • October 2011 - Obtained defense verdict from a federal jury in a case alleging retaliation under Title VII, Tennessee Human Rights Act, and Tennessee's whistle-blower act.
  • 2011 - Obtained defense judgment in overtime case involving national healthcare provider under the companionship exemption to the FLSA.

Office Location

100 North Tampa Street, Suite 3600
Tampa, FL 33602
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management