Sass Law Firm

Sass Law Firm

Cynthia Sass founded the firm in 1993, and it continues to thrive due to her unwavering dedication to serving clients with excellence and integrity.

Firm Overview

Sass Law Firm practices solely in the area of labor and employment law, primarily representing employees from both the private and public sectors. Cynthia Sass is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry for professionalism and ethics and received the designation 2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law Individuals for Tampa from Best Lawyers. The firm is recognized at the national level by its inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report listing of Best Law Firms for Employment Law since 2011.

Sass Law Firm boasts award-winning attorneys experienced and recognized in the employment law field, including: two attorneys Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by The Florida Bar; a Fellow of The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers; three past Presidents of the National Employment Lawyers Association's Florida Chapter; a past Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar; and several magna cum laude and cum laude graduates. Each attorney was hand-selected based upon their intelligence, legal skills, knowledge of employment law, and a sincere desire to help individuals who have suffered injustice in the workplace.

Main Office

Sass Law Firm
601 West Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Tampa FL 33603

Phone

(813) 251-5599

Fax

(813) 259-9797

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30am-5:00pm

Emergency After Hours

No

Employment

Labor and Employment Law

WORKPLACE:

Discrimination and Harassment claims based on:
- Age
- AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
- Color
- Disability
- Genetic Information
- HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
- Marital Status
- National Origin
- Pregnancy
- Race
- Religion
- Sex or Gender
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Orientation
- Sickle Cell Anemia

Defamation related to Employment

Equal Pay claims

Family and Medical Leave violations

Hostile Work Environment

OSHA violations

Retaliation:
- Complaining about Discrimination
- First Amendment Freedom of Speech
- Filing Worker's Compensation Claim
- Whistleblowing

Tortious Interference with Employment

Unemployment

Unfair Labor Practices

Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment

Wage and Hour disputes:
- Minimum Wage claims
- Overtime claims
- Unpaid Wages, Commissions and Bonuses

Whistleblower

Wrongful Termination


CONTRACTS:

Breach of Contract

Negotiation and Drafting of:
- Employment contracts
- Compensation agreements
- Non-compete provisions
- Severance packages

Review of employment-related contracts:
- Employment agreement
- Compensation agreement
- Confidentiality Agreements
- Non-competition agreement
- Severance agreement

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

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 their 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.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

All five of the firm's attorneys focus on representing individuals who have workplace issues. Our attorneys are dedicated to advancing clients' needs and goals based on their up-to-date knowledge of employment laws and trends, and their practical experience gained through years of handling these types of cases. The firm not only provides counseling to clients but actively litigates cases in court.

In addition, each of the firm's attorneys practices employee rights law by choice. Our attorneys are leaders in the employment law field in Florida as well as nationally, including leadership positions with The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, the Hillsborough County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the National Employment Lawyers Association. The attorneys keep current on employment law developments and have authored and served as editors of assorted books and articles on a variety of employment law topics. In addition, they speak regularly at local, state and national conferences and seminars to further educate their colleagues on employee rights issues and advance employee interests. To see a complete listing of their credentials, visit their attorney profiles and resumes at https://www.EmploymentLawTampa.com/attorneys/.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Sass Law Firm's mission is to represent employees with workplace issues and provide clients with an understanding of their legal options so they can make informed decisions. Our services include negotiating and reviewing employment contracts and severance agreements as well as representing employees who are suffering from wage theft and unpaid overtime compensation. The firm also represents employees experiencing hostile work environments, unlawful discrimination and harassment, as well as employees who are victims of retaliation for whistleblowing. Our representation includes all stages of the process, from providing legal counseling to employees through their current workplace situations, representing clients in the administrative process, or litigating employees' cases in court. To accomplish our mission, we ensure that all of our clients are educated on the law applicable to their situations, the practical and legal alternatives to resolving their workplace disputes, and the potential outcomes of each option, including the monetary and non-monetary costs. We provide this service to clients based on our attorneys' expertise in employment law Cynthia Sass has 32 years of legal experience, Yvette Everhart has 12 years and is Board Certified*, Janet Wise has 27 years and has been Board Certified* for 18 years, Jennifer Zumarraga has been practicing for 19 years and Amanda Biondolino for 7 years. Their combined legal experience is 97 years, the vast majority of which has been in employment law, and provides the firm with the know-how to handle the types of situation our clients' encounter.

The firm's business model is different from other employment law firms. We limit the number of cases that each attorney handles so each client receives individual attention. As the firm employs five experienced employment attorneys, each attorney uses her individual expertise on client matters and then works as a team with the other attorneys in the firm to maximize our results for our clients. It all starts at the first meeting, where an experienced employment attorney (not a legal assistant or paralegal) performs an initial evaluation of the employee's potential case during an hour-long consultation in person, via skype or by telephone. At this consultation, the employee describes his/her situation in detail including his/her goals, and receives legal advice and options, whether the goals are reasonable, how to proceed, and the cost of proceeding. For this service, the firm charges a reduced rate of $250 for most consultations, unless an employee seeks advice on an employment or severance agreement. In that case, the firm charges $350 for the attorney to review an employment or severance agreement of up to 15 pages. If the client retains the firm after the consultation, each client communicates directly with their assigned attorney, not just through legal assistants. This one-on-one personal approach makes our firm a great fit for individuals looking for an employee rights attorney who will work hard to accomplish their defined goals.

*Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar

Cynthia Sass

Sass Law Firm

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 their 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 has been the southeast Regional Editor of the BNA Bloomberg treatise, Employment at Will, a State-by-State Survey and its annual supplements since 2011, including the Second Edition published in 2017. 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 currently on spoliation, private sector whistleblowing and the Florida Civil Rights Act. Cynthia Sass is also a successful litigator, with published opinions, including affirmed Eleventh Circuit opinions against government entities and one of the largest settlements against a county for age discrimination. 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 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. 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 engagement and associations, check out her Resume CV at https://www.employmentlawtampa.com/attorneys/cynthia-n-sass/cynthia-sass-resume-cv/.

License

Bar Number: 0691320
Florida, 1987

Education

University of Richmond School of Law
Juris Doctorate ,

Janet E. Wise

Sass Law Firm

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.

For a full list of Janet's awards, publications, speaking engagements, associations and committees, check out her Resume CV at https://www.employmentlawtampa.com/attorneys/janet-e-wise/janet-e-wise-resume-cv/.

Education

Newberry College
Bachelor of Arts, 1989

Georgia State University College of Law
Juris Doctorate ,

Jennifer D. Zumarraga

Sass Law Firm

Jennifer Zumarraga is well-versed in a wide variety of labor and employment law issues and has been with the Sass Law Firm since 2005. Her legal experience and excellent credentials make her a valuable asset. With nearly 20 years of experience, she has become an integral part of the firm's success and reputation. Ms. Zumarraga is a staunch advocate of employee rights, and brings a unique and excellent set of skills to the table. In addition to her keen mind, she possesses the rare ability to easily grasp convoluted scenarios and facts, and boil down complex legal issues. These, along with her superb writing skills and compassion, make her indispensable in helping individual employees with their work-related claims.

After graduating magna cum laude from Florida State University College of Law in 2000, Ms. Zumarraga worked for a local firm on the management/defense side, thereby bringing a creative and practical perspective to pursuing the rights of employees. Jennifer is a current member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar, as well as the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (Florida NELA).

For a full list of Jennifer's awards, publications and associations, check out her Resume CV at https://www.employmentlawtampa.com/attorneys/jennifer-d-zumarraga/jennifer-d-zumarraga-resume-cv/.

Education

University of Florida
Bachelor of Arts, 1996

Florida State University College of Law
Juris Doctor, 2000

Yvette D. Everhart

Sass Law Firm

Yvette Everhart is a shareholder in the Sass Law Firm practicing labor and employment law in Florida since graduating from Stetson University College of Law and is an advocate of employee rights. Ms. Everhart is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by The Florida Bar with over 12 years of experience, making her well-versed in a wide variety of employment law issues. Over the years, Yvette has served on various committees and is a member of the Executive Council of the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar, as well as Co-Chair of the Website Subcommittee of its Communications Committee.

Ms. Everhart's experience includes representing individual employees before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, as well as various government agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR), the Florida Public Employee Relations Committee (PERC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and Florida's unemployment agency, the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

Yvette Everhart has spoken at a variety of employment law educational conferences and is the author of several published articles. She is also co-author of the Florida Chapter of the national treatise, Employment at Will, a State-by-State Survey initially published in 2011 by the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law and BNA Bloomberg, as well as each yearly supplement and the 2017 Second Edition. Yvette is a current member and past President of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, also known as Florida NELA, and has been included on the Super Lawyers list published by Thomson Reuters in the area of employment law. After graduating cum laude from Stetson University, she attended Stetson University College of Law and was the recipient of both The Florida Bar's Labor and Employment Law Dean W. Gary Vause Award and the school's Judge Alexander Paskay Bankruptcy Award.

For a full list of Yvette's awards, publications, speaking engagements, associations and committees, check out her Resume CV at https://www.employmentlawtampa.com/attorneys/yvette-d-everhart/yvette-everhart-resume-cv/.

Education

Stetson University College of Law
Juris Doctor, 2006

Stetson University
Bachelor of Business Administration, 2003

Amanda Biondolino

Sass Law Firm

Amanda Biondolino has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law claims, as well as fair housing and public accommodation claims. Amanda's passion for assisting those whose rights have been violated, along with her legal insight and tenacious demeanor, make her a powerful advocate for anyone experiencing unjust treatment or illegal prejudice.

Prior to joining the Sass Law Firm, Ms. Biondolino spent years defending employers accused of discrimination and other workplace law violations. She also enforced Missouri's anti-discrimination law, the Missouri Human Rights Act, as a Human Rights Attorney for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. Amanda's understanding of the law from all sides sets her apart from other attorneys. She understands the mindset and strategies companies use to successfully dispose of claims quickly and completely. Ms. Biondolino has translated this arsenal of experience into a powerful weapon to advance the rights of individuals wronged by their employers, housing providers or the businesses within their own community.

Amanda graduated with honors from Saint Louis University School of Law, in St. Louis, Missouri. She is admitted to practice law in the states of Florida, Missouri and Illinois. She is current Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, as well as a member of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, also known as Florida NELA. Ms. Biondolino is also a member of five sections of The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law, Trial Lawyers, Animal Law, Public Interest Law and Young Lawyers Division. Amanda is frequently asked to speak and write on employment and discrimination issues, most recently presenting Service Animals in the Workplace for the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar at its 2019 Advanced Labor Topics conference, and the Public Interest Law Section's webinar on Fair Housing Law. Ms. Biondolino "wrote the book" on fair housing law for the Missouri Bar Deskbook Real Estate Practice published in 2019, and has written articles for Lawyer magazine published by the Hillsborough County Bar Association, as well as legal update blogs.

For a full list of Amanda's awards, publications, speaking engagement and associations, check out her Resume CV at https://www.employmentlawtampa.com/attorneys/amanda-biondolino-2/amanda-biondolino-resume-cv/.

License

Bar Number: 1008493
Florida, 2018

Bar Number: 64732
Missouri, 2012

Bar Number: 258241
Illinois, 2013

Education

St. Louis University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2012

Washington University in St. Louis
Bachelor of Science, 2000

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