J. Robert McCormack

Shareholder || Tampa

Bob McCormack has been practicing labor and employment Law in the Tampa Bay area since 1990. He has handled a wide variety of cases and has tried over 35 employment-related cases in state and federal courts.

Mr. McCormack has also successfully represented clients before various government agencies including OSHA, the EEOC, the US Department of Labor, the Florida Commission on Human Rights, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the State of Florida Department of Labor.

Mr. McCormack takes a practical approach to solving employment problems with a goal of providing efficient yet highly-effective representation.

Mr. McCormack recently began serving his third year as the Federal Director of Government Affairs for HR Florida where his role is to monitor important issues of federal legislation and coordinate with other state legislative directors to help ensure that the voice of HR Professionals is heard in Washington DC. 

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In the more than 20 years that Bob has been practicing in the area he has had many successes, including:

  • Obtained preliminary injunctions and permanent injunctive relief on behalf of nationwide neural-monitoring company against 6 former employees who went to work for a competitor
  • Prevented preliminary injunction for regional trucking company hiring a group of employees who formerly worked for a competitor
  • Obtained a zero verdict for boat manufacturer in FMLA claim brought by former manager
  • Obtained zero verdict on behalf of local small business accused of various acts of racial discrimination including hanging a noose in former employee’s work space
  • Achieved early resolution of numerous claims on behalf of various employers saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation costs
  • Reduced proposed penalties for printing company facing OSHA inspection where retrofit of existing machines was proven to be an impossibility
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of draftsman accused of Copyright Infringement and successfully argued for affirmance before Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals


  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 1990
  • B.S., University of Connecticut, 1984

Admittance to Practice

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal and Eleventh Circuits

Professional Activities

  • The Florida Bar (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator
  • Mediator, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Legislative Chair – Society for Human Resource Management, Suncoast Chapter


  • HR Tampa Conference & EXPO 2016 – Positively HR! - "The Final Overtime Regulations: What The New Minimum Salary Requirements Mean for Employers" - Tampa - October 19, 2016
  • Lake Sumter SHRM - "2015 Legislative Update" - Clermont - May 11, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins OD Works! Briefing - "OD Works! Navigating Among Challenging Obstacles: Accommodating Difficult Situations under the ADAAA" - Tampa - March 10, 2015
  • CareerSource Polk - 2015 State of the Workforce Summit - "Investigate This! - Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations" - Lakeland - January 20, 2015
  • Suncoast HR - "Legislative Update" - St. Petersburg - September 10, 2014
  • American Conference - "The Amara Effect: Assessing Recent Case Law and Best Arguments to Defeat ERISA Claims" - Philadelphia - May 15, 2014
  • Right Management - "Severance Practices" - Tampa - May 8, 2014
  • Recruiter's Networking Group - "RECRUITING 101 – Keeping Your Hiring Practices Litigation Free" - St. Petersburg - April 30, 2014
  • Suncoast HR - "On The Cutting Edge - Mock Trial" - St. Petersburg - March 12, 2014
  • Polk Works 2014 State of the Work Force Summit - "Can This Employee be Saved?" - Lakeland - January 23, 2014
  • OD Works! - "Unraveling the Mysteries of the ADAAA" - Tampa - November 2013
  • Polkworks! Roundtable - Mock Trial - "Anatomy of an FMLA Interference Case" - Bartow - November 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - "The Equal Pay Act Turns 50: How to Handle (and Prevent) an Unwanted Anniversary Gift" - Tampa - October 2013
  • Suncoast HR - "2013 Legislative Update" - St. Petersburg - September 2013
  • Florida Public Human Resources Association's 77th Annual Conference - Mock Trial - "Anatomy of an FMLA Interference Case" - St. Augustine - July 2013
  • EEOC Training Institute - Miami Technical Assistance Seminar & Commemoration of The Equal Pay Act - "The Anatomy of Compensation Discrimination - A Panel Discussion" - Miami - June 2013
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - "Are You Smarter Than a Plaintiff's Lawyer?" - Tampa - May 2013
  • Suncoast HR - On the Cutting Edge Annual Conference - Mock Trial - "Anatomy of an FMLA Interference Case" - St. Petersburg - April 2013
  • American Conference Institute's 17th National Forum on Wage & Our Claims and Class Actions - "Avoiding Costly Litigation Through the Proven Methods of Settlement and Mediation of Wage and Our Claims" - Miami - January 2013
  • Polkworks! State of the Workforce Summit - "Navigating Employee Privacy: How to Comply with FMLA, ADAAA, GINA, and HIPAA in an Ever-Changing Legal Landscape" - Lakeland - January 2013
  • Florida Veterinary Medical Association, 83rd Annual Conference - "Employment Practices Liability: Top Risks and Current Trends" - Tampa - May 2012
  • ERISA 101 - "Strategies for Convincing Recalcitrant Plaintiffs (and Their Attorneys) That Early Resolution Is in Their Best Interests Too!" - New York - February 2012
  • American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Defending and Managing High Exposure Employment Claims of Retaliation and Discrimination - "Settlement of Retaliation Claims: Making the Decision, Calculating Damages, and Assessing Settlement Structure" - New York - July 2011
  • American Conference Institute’s Advanced Forum on Managed Care Disputes and Litigation - "Making Strategic Arguments for and Against ERISA Preemption Based on Inconsistent and Ever-Evolving Legal Standards" - Philadelphia - May 2011
  • Society for Human Resources Management, Suncoast Chapter - "Fair Labor Standards Act Roundtable" - St. Petersburg - May 2011

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Best Lawyers in America (2008-present)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (Employment and Employment Litigation) (2012 – present)
  • Tampa Bay’s Top Lawyers
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • International Who’s Who
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers