Dee Anna D. Hays

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Dee Anna is the Chair of the firm’s Multistate Advice and Counseling Practice Group. She is passionate about providing legal advice and counseling to management in difficult workplace situations and has the honor of being a trusted advisor to many long term clients. Dee Anna is Board Certified by the Florida Bar and is a nationally recognized speaker and author on labor and employment law issues.

Dee Anna serves as the Director of State Legislative Affairs for the HR Florida State Council and the Director of Legislative Affairs for HR Tampa (SHRM). She is also a Vice Chair of Education for the American Health Law Association (AHLA)’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.

Dee Anna regularly assists employers with:

  • Employment law litigation, including developing strategies for employers to prevent and defend claims across multiple jurisdictions
  • Developing and updating employment handbooks, policies, procedures, agreements, applications, and other documents to ensure multistate compliance
  • Counseling on best practices as employers expand to new states and localities, including drafting related documents, communications, and materials
  • Assisting employers with the full range of workplace issues that may affect compliance, including decisions related to hiring, discipline, termination, leaves of absence, wage payment, required training, and other employment-related topics that may vary across jurisdictions
  • Defending Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections and citations (and related drug testing and workplace violence issues)
  • Protecting trade secrets and enforcing nondisclosure, nonsolicitation, and noncompetition agreements
  • Responding to allegations of unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Collaborating with attorneys in the firm’s other practice groups who are experienced with other specific legal issues that may arise

Dee Anna has a 7-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. When she isn’t chasing her kids around, she enjoys running in trail races, visiting local beaches, and traveling.

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Dee Anna is Board Certified in labor and employment law by the Florida Bar. She has been representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law compliance and litigation for more than 15 years. As a result, Dee Anna understands the legal issues as well as the practical issues confronting management. She enjoys counseling clients to solve tough issues and ardently defends them during litigation when necessary.


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Professional Activities

  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys
  • Editorial Advisory Board – AHLA’s Federal Healthcare Laws & Regulations – 2022 Supplement by American Health Law Association
  • HR Florida State Council: Director of Legislative Affairs – State
  • HR Tampa (SHRM): Legislative Affairs Director
  • American Health Law Association (AHLA): Vice Chair Education, Labor and Employment Practice Group
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section 2015-2016); Leadership Institute (Class of 2012-2013), and Co-Chair (2013-2014)
  • Florida Bar Association (The Florida Bar Journal and News Editorial Board; Labor and Employment Section’s Workplace Health and Safety Committee)
  • American Bar Association
  • Goodwill Industries-Suncoast (Ambassador)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Emerge Tampa Bay (past member)
  • Junior League of Tampa (past member)


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