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Cynthia N. Sass has been practicing law in Florida over 30 years. She formed the Sass Law Firm in 1993 to exclusively focus on representing public and private sector employees in employment disputes. The mission of her firm is to provide the client with an honest assessment of each case, ensure each client is educated on the options and remedies available to them through the law, and strategize with the client to accomplish his or her goals. In doing so, her firm takes an individual approach to each case, advising clients as to the potential results, costs of litigation and other means of resolving their employee disputes. In order to provide her clients with the best service, Ms. Sass makes it a priority to keep current on the trends affecting employee rights, changes in rules and agency positions, and the most recent applicable case law.

Cynthia is often asked to write or speak on employment law-related topics, especially those related to representing employees. She is the current Editor-in-Chief for the national treatise, Employment at Will, A State-by-State Survey, published by the American Bar Association and Bloomberg. Starting in 2011, Cynthia served as the treatise’s Southeast Regional Editor, while co-authoring the Florida chapter and its annual supplements. Ms. Sass authored a chapter on Discovery and Deposing the Alleged Harasser and Defense Witnesses: The Plaintiff’s Perspective, for the TIPS book Sexual Harassment and Retaliation: A Practical Handbook for Plaintiff and Defense published by the American Bar Association in 2019. She was appointed by the Florida Supreme Court and served on the Standard Jury Instructions Committee – Civil Cases, a Special Committee of The Florida Bar. During her time on that committee, she was Chair of the Spoliation Subcommittee and a member of the Employment Subcommittee, as well as the Negligence Subcommittee. These committees were responsible for drafting the standard state jury instructions on spoliation, private-sector whistleblowing and the Florida Civil Rights Act. Cynthia Sass is also a successful litigator, with published opinions, including an affirmed Eleventh Circuit opinion against a government entity. Ms. Sass holds various national and regional leadership positions, along with committee appointments, and is an active Federal Mediator/Florida Supreme Court Mediator Circuit Civil.

Sass Law Firm has been nationally recognized as a Best Law Firm in Employment Law for Individuals in Tampa by U.S. News & World Report since 2011. Cynthia Sass has been honored by various local, state and national independent sources including being AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed by The Best Lawyers in America® in Employment Law – Individuals since 2007, and named its Attorney of the Year in 2017 in that category for Tampa. Cynthia has also been recognized by Super Lawyers® in Employment Law since 2006, and has made the Super Lawyers® Top 50 Women in Florida list as published by Thomson Reuters. Additionally, Ms. Sass is honored to be a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment and Civil Rights Lawyers as listed by Lawdragon. The various honors she has received accurately reflect Cynthia’s reputation as an attorney, dedication to assisting her clients and high ethical values.

For a full list of Cynthia’s awards, publications, speaking engagements and associations, check out her profile at https://www.employmentlawtampa.com/attorneys/cynthia-n-sass/

Location

  • 601 West Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
    Tampa, FL 33603

Languages

  • English

Education

  • University of Richmond , Juris Doctor, graduated 1987
  • Smith College, Bachelor of Arts, graduated 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, The Florida Bar

Affiliations

  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - Board of Governors Member (2021-2023); Fellow since 2011; Member of the Annual 11th Circuit Regional Program Planning Committee (2019-2020); Co-Chair of Annual 11th Circuit Regional Program Planning Committee (2013-2014)
  • Employments Rights & Responsibilities, Section of Labor & Employment Law, American Bar Association - Employee Co-Chair of Technology Subcommittee (2021-2023)
  • Labor & Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar - Member; Executive Council Member (1998-present); Co-Chair, ABA Liaison Committee (2016-19); Section Chair (2006-07); Section Chair-Elect (2005-06); Legal Education Chair (2004-05); CLE Chair (2003-04); Co-Chair. Judicial Education Committee (2002-03)
  • Pro Bono and Community Outreach Committee, Section of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association - Employee Co-Chair (2021-2022)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law - Member; Emeritus EE Co-Chair, Section Conference Planning Committee (2019-20); EE Co-Chair, Section Conference Planning Committee (2018-19); EE Vice Chair, Section Conference Planning Committee EE Co-Chair, Webinar Committee (2014-18)
  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • Florida Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association - Member; President (1999-2000); President-Elect (1998-1999)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association - Member; Co-Chair of Labor and Employment Section (2016-2018); Executive Board Member of Trial & Litigation Section (2010-2016)
  • Standard Jury Instruction Committee - Civil Cases, Special Committee of The Florida Bar - Florida Supreme Court Appointee – Chair of Spoliation Subcommittee (2010-2015); Member of Employment Law Subcommittee (2010-2015); Member of Negligence Subcommittee (2011)
  • Lawyers in The Arts Committee, Tampa Museum of Art - Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association - Member
  • Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar - Member

Court Admissions

  • State of Florida (since 1987)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (since 2006)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (since 2005)
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (since 1988)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (since 1991)

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Employment Law - Individuals

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employment Law - Individuals, Tampa (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Special Focus

  • COVID-19
  • Employment
  • Individuals
  • Plaintiffs

Awards:

  • Best Lawyers – Employment Law – Individuals – The Best Lawyers in America® (2007-present)
  • Florida Super Lawyers® in Employment Law – Thomson Reuters (2006-present)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Rated – Martindale-Hubbell (2005-present)
  • Top Attorney Employment – Superb 10.0 Rating, Avvo (2006-present)
  • The Bar Register of Pre-eminent Women Lawyers – Martindale-Hubbell (2011-present)
  • Top 50 Women in Florida – Florida Super Lawyers®, Thomson Reuters (2008-2014, 2016-2017, 2020-present)
  • 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment & Civil Rights Lawyers – Lawdragon (2019-present)
  • Top 50 Tampa Bay Attorneys – Florida Super Lawyers®, Thomson Reuters (2014, 2021)
  • Top Lawyers – Voted #1 by Peers listed in Tampa Magazine (2017-present)
  • Top 3 Employment Lawyers in Tampa – ThreeBest Rated (since 2016)
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers – The National Trial Lawyers (2014-present)
  • Who’s Who in American Law– Marquis Who’s Who® (2009-present)
  • Legal Elite in Labor and Employment Law – Florida Trend (2005-2012, 2014-2016, 2018, 2022)
  • Women in the Law – Labor and Employment – Best Lawyers®, Business Edition (April 2019)
  • Lawyer of the Year • Employment Law • Tampa – The Best Lawyers in America® (2017)
  • Outstanding Service Award, as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar (2006-2007)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, Employment Law Trial Skills Program – Stetson University College of Law (2001)

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