William E. Grob

Shareholder || Tampa

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 representing professional sports teams and organizations, theme parks, entertainment venues and organizations, metropolitan transit organizations, staffing companies, manufacturers, healthcare companies, restaurants, and employee leasing companies. Bill also regularly enforces and defends non-compete covenants, litigates trade secret matters, including obtaining injunctions and TROs, and handles employment issues across the country. Bill serves as the Co-Chair of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group, coordinating efforts and resources with attorneys across the country to serve clients more effectively and efficiently. 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 currently serves as Legislative Chair for HR Tampa. Bill formerly served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, has been President and Government Affairs Chair of the Suncoast HR Management Association for over seven years, and is the former Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

On August 16, 2018, at the CareerSource Polk Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work Breakfast, Bill Grob received the Workforce Champion Award for improving the quality of workforce services. Bill was recognized for multiple workshops he and his team have presented to community business leaders on topics including wage and hour and overtime litigation, race and disability discrimination, leave issues, harassment issues and more.

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.

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Bill has served as lead trial counsel in employment litigation cases throughout the country, including recent cases in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and other parts of the country. He recently appeared before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in an FMLA case on behalf of a national employer. Bill is also a Special Magistrate with the Complex Business Litigation Division of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Hillsborough County, Florida.

  • January 2018 – Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national healthcare staffing agency with regard to plaintiff’s claims of wrongful termination, constructive discharge, breach of contract, and intentional interference with plaintiff’s beneficial economic damage
  • May 2017 – Obtained opinion from Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming district court entry of order granting summary judgment to defendant finding that plaintiff did not demonstrate a genuine issue of fact as to whether (1) he engaged in protected activity under the ADEA or whether (2) defendant’s proffered legitimate reason for termination was pretextual
  • March 2017 – Obtained judgment on the pleadings on behalf of a staffing agency in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida with regard to damages claims on behalf of purported class members in contentious litigation against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • October 2016 – Obtained opinion from Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirming district court entry of order granting summary judgment on behalf of a luxury adventure sports retailer and event production company finding that defendant properly applied Fluctuating Workweek Method of overtime calculation in an FLSA collective action
  • January 2016 – Obtained voluntary dismissal of all state court claims of national origin discrimination on behalf of large national employee leasing company in the Marion County, Florida Fifth Judicial Circuit Court
  • January 2016 – Obtained voluntary dismissal of collective action complaint alleging violations of the FLSA on behalf of large national employee leasing company in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • December 2015 – Obtained order awarding full summary judgment on behalf of mid-sized corporation on claims involving FLSA Fluctuating Workweek Payment Method in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • November 2015 – Obtained summary judgment in favor of large national healthcare corporation on plaintiff’s claims of FMLA interference and retaliation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • October 2015 – Obtained Florida First District Court of Appeal order affirming Circuit Court’s order of dismissal of plaintiff’s state court claims of race discrimination on behalf of Florida restaurant
  • September 2015 – Obtained voluntary dismissal by plaintiffs of class action complaint alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act on behalf of large theme park corporation in the U.S. District Court
  • July 2015 – Obtained full defense verdict on behalf of a large healthcare corporation on claims involving alleged gender discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation under Title VII and the ADEA in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • May 2015 – Obtained order awarding full summary judgment on plaintiffs’ claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and retaliation on behalf of large national corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • March 2015 – Obtained second award of sanctions of fees and costs jointly and severally against plaintiffs and their counsel for pursuing frivolous claims in arbitration and in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • December 2014 – Obtained order of dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of race discrimination on behalf of a Florida restaurant in the Florida Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Court
  • October 2014 – Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld district court award of sanctions jointly and severally against plaintiffs and their counsel for filing frivolous claims and obtained additional sanctions in the form of double costs on appeal related to the filing of a frivolous appeal
  • August 2014 – Obtained summary judgment in favor of large national healthcare corporation on plaintiff’s claims of FMLA interference and retaliation and the unusual claim of FMLA equitable estoppel in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • August 2014 – Obtained permanent injunction on behalf of large healthcare corporation under the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act, among other causes of action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • April 2014 – Obtained order awarding full summary judgment on behalf of a large corporation on claims involving the application of the FLSA administrative exemption
  • October 2013 – Obtained voluntary dismissal by plaintiff of all claims of FMLA interference and retaliation on behalf of large national healthcare company after the filing of defendant’s motion for summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • September 2013 – Obtained summary judgment in favor of large national healthcare company on all of plaintiff’s claims of FMLA interference and retaliation in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • September 2013 – Obtained full defense verdict on behalf of a large corporation on claims involving alleged retaliation under Oregon state law
  • April 2013 – Obtained arbitration order awarding summary judgment to national client for all claims on allegations of discrimination, and awarding costs and attorneys’ fees against plaintiffs and their counsel for advancing frivolous claims
  • 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

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Georgia State University College of Law, 2000
  • M.P.A., University of South Florida, 1986
  • B.A., University of Florida, 1988

Admittance to Practice

  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • 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
  • US Court of Appeals, Fourth, Eighth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits

Professional Activities

  • Suncoast Human Resource Management Association (Government Affairs Director)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (Former co-chair of the Labor & Employment Section)
  • Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Florida (Former member of the Board of Trustees)
  • HR Tampa (Legislative Chair)

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Zoinks! Generation Z Joins the Workplace in Numbers" - Las Vegas - May 2, 2019
  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Wearing Two Hats? Navigating the Dual-Hat Dilemma" - La Quinta - November 9, 2018
  • Tropical Risk Management - "Employment Law Update" - St. Petersburg - August 9, 2018
  • Florida Public Human Resources Association - "Employment Law Update" - Fort Lauderdale - July 23, 2018
  • Florida Public Human Resources Association - "FLSA 101" - Fort Lauderdale - July 22, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The Employment Law Challenge" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • HR Florida 2017 State Conference & Expo - "Employment Jeopardy" - Orlando - August 29, 2017
  • HR Florida 2017 State Conference & Expo - "Top 10 Ways to Avoid Litigation" - Orlando - August 28, 2017
  • Florida Public Human Resources Association - "Legal Update" - Orlando - July 31, 2017
  • Florida Public Human Resources Association - "Basic Levels of FLSA" - Orlando - July 30, 2017
  • Digital Risk - "Mock Trial" - Maitland - July 10, 2017
  • Corban OneSource Webinar - "Wage and Hour Traps & How to Avoid Lawsuits" - May 23, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The Invisible Workforce: Managing Leave Entitlements to Get Employees Back to Work (or on Their Way)" - San Diego - May 4, 2017
  • HR Tampa - "What We Can Expect After The Election" - Tampa - April 19, 2017
  • Careersource Pinellas Business Seminar Series - "How to Become a Super Sleuth: Preparing for and Conducting Internal Investigations" - Clearwater - March 15, 2017
  • Career Source Polk 2016-2017 Roundtable - "Mock Trial" - Lakeland - March 8, 2017
  • Sponsler, Bishop - Annual Workers' Compensation Insurance Defense & Employment Law Seminar - "Election Update: What Employers Can Expect in 2017" - Tampa - March 3, 2017
  • Career Source Polk 2017 State of the Workforce Summit - "Election Update: What Employers Can Expect in 2017" - Lakeland - January 26, 2017
  • CareerSource Pinellas - "Transgender Issues in the Spotlight in 2016" - Clearwater - November 9, 2016
  • HR Tampa Expo - "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Maintaining Immigration Compliance while avoiding the Discrimination Claim" - Tampa - October 19, 2016
  • HR Tampa Expo - "The Department of Labor's Final Revisions to Overtime Regulations" - Tampa - October 19, 2016
  • South Florida IPMA-HR Quarterly Chapter Meeting - "The Department of Labor's Final Revisions to Overtime Regulations" - West Palm Beach - September 13, 2016
  • West Central Florida Healthcare Human Resources Association - "Everything I Learned About Employment Law, I Learned at the Movies" - Tampa - September 9, 2016
  • 80th Annual Conference of Florida Public Human Resources Association - "Evaluating Employee Performance without Creating Legal Liability" - Naples - July 27, 2016
  • 80th Annual Conference of Florida Public Human Resources Association - "Legal Update" - Naples - July 25, 2016
  • Suncoast HR - "The Department of Labor's Final Revisions to Overtime Regulations" - Clearwater - July 13, 2016
  • 25th Annual Lake Sumter SHRM Conference - "Everything I Learned about Employment Law, I Learned at the Movies" - Wildwood - May 18, 2016
  • LassiterWare Webinar - "Legislative Update: DOL's Proposed Revisions to Overtime Regulations" - April 27, 2016
  • Suncoast HR - 2016 On The Cutting Edge - "Consequences of a poorly executed employee termination" - St. Petersburg - April 21, 2016
  • ACC 2016 Corporate Counsel Spring Symposium - "FLSA: The New Regulations and What You Can Do Now" - Streamsong - April 15, 2016
  • Sponsler, Bishop, Koren & Hammer, PA -- Annual Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law Seminar - "Legislative Update 2016" - Tampa - March 11, 2016
  • CareerSource Tampa Bay - Business Seminar Series - "Hottest Topics Affecting Employers – Freddy Kruger and the DOL" - Tampa - March 10, 2016
  • CareerSource Polk – Employer Roundtable Seminars - "I am Cait… Wait, WHAT? – Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask About Transgender Issues" - Lakeland - March 9, 2016
  • Lake Sumter SHRM Meeting - "DOL’s Proposed Revisions to Overtime Regulations" - Leesburg - February 24, 2016
  • 2016 State of the Workforce Summit - "DOL Proposed Revisions to Overtime Regulations" - Lakeland - January 21, 2016
  • Nature Coast HR Society - "DOL Proposed Revisions to Overtime Regulations" - Tampa - January 14, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Corporate Counsel Exclusive - "Anti-Poaching Agreements – A Growing Trend in Unfair Competition Law" - Phoenix - November 13, 2015
  • Mid-Florida SHRM Supervisor Conference - "Documentation & Discipline – What’s Necessary for an Employer’s Protection" - Bartow - October 23, 2015
  • HR Tampa Annual Conference - "Legislative Update 2015" - Tampa - October 21, 2015
  • Managing A Workforce in 2016 - "C-Ya, C-Suite: Dealing with Troublesome Executives" - Tampa - October 15, 2015
  • Managing A Workforce in 2016 - "Everything I Needed to Know About Ethics in the Workplace I Learned at the Movies" - Tampa - October 15, 2015
  • MFSHRM - "Performing Effective Investigations - Who's Protected From What?" - Lakeland - August 8, 2013
  • Mock Trial - "FMLA Interference Case" - St. Augustine - July 29, 2013
  • FPHRA Annual Conference - "How to Avoid Big Brother's Unblinking Stare - What To Watch Out For in This Administration's Employee Protection Agenda" - St. Augustine - July 28, 2013
  • Florida Public Human Resources Association's Central Regional Conference - "Employment Law" - Lakeland - October 25, 2012
  • 2012 FPHRA - "Top 10 Things to Consider to Keep Employers Out of Hot Water with Your Employees" - Naples - July 27 - 29, 2012
  • 2012 SHRMA - "Discrimination and Accommodation Under Title VII and the ADA - a Whole New Playing Field for Employers" - St. Petersburg - July 26, 2012
  • 2012 SHRMA - "On the Cutting Edge Seminar" - St. Petersburg - April 5, 2012
  • Orlando SHRMA - "Top 10 Ways to Keep Employers Out of Hot Water" - Orlando - March 20, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Non-Compete Enforcement" - Tampa - October 12, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Oops! Did I Really Say That? Preparing Effective Workplace Documentation" - Tampa - October 12, 2011
  • 75th Annual FPPA Conference (Florida Public Personnel Association) - "Case Law Update: Legal Issues Surrounding Social Networking - Employer vs. Employee" - Fort Lauderdale - July 25, 2011
  • 75th Annual FPPA Conference (Florida Public Personnel Association) - "Get your Twittering Facebook out of Myspace: What Employers Can Do to Limit Inappropriate Conduct via the Internet" - Fort Lauderdale - July 24, 2011
  • National Association of African Americans in Human Resources' Monthly Meeting - "Fair Labor Standards Act: A Workers Paradise" - Tampa - July 21, 2011
  • 2011 Employment Law Program (ACC West Central Florida Chapter) - "FLSA Update" - Tampa - April 14, 2011
  • 2010 FPPA Southeast Regional Conference (Florida Public Personnel Association) - "Social Networking" - Jupiter - October 27, 2010
  • 2010 Employment Law Program for ACC West Central Florida - "The Itch That Will Not Go Away: Current Litigation Trends in FLSA Actions" - Tampa - April 22, 2010
  • State of the Workforce Summit 2010 - "Hiring The Right Employees While Avoiding Legal Landmines" - Lakeland - January 28, 2010
  • State of the Workforce Summit 2010 (Mid-Florida Chapter of SHRM) - "Legal Aspects Of A Layoff" - Lakeland - January 28, 2010
  • March 2010 - Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Magazine - "Everything But The Kitchen Sink"
  • May 14, 2014 - Human Resource Executive - "Thousands of Reasons to Leave"
  • September 9, 2013 - Tampa Bay Business Journal - "Frenchy's Cafe Settles Labor Lawsuit"
  • January 9, 2012 - News Chief - "Officials Vote to Sue for Overpayment"
  • December 21, 2011 - The Ledger.com - "Toney-Deal's Lawyer Threatens City With Lawsuit"
  • December 16, 2011 - NewsChief.com - "Commissioners: Try to Reclaim Toney-Deal Funds"
  • December 15, 2011 - NewsChief.com - "Overpayment Must Be Discussed in Open Meeting"
  • June 8, 2011 - NewsChief.com - "Haines City Battle Awaits Ruling"
  • June 7, 2011 - TheLedger.com - "Judge Delays Ruling On Severance Package Lawsuit For Ann Toney-Deal"
  • Winter 2010 - Counsel to Counsel Magazine - "Forecasting Cloud Computing Risks"

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Best Lawyers (2012-present)
  • Selected as one of Florida’s Top Attorneys in Employment Law by Florida Elite Magazine
  • Selected to the AV Preeminent list, issued by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient of the Workforce Champion Award at the CareerSource Polk Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work Breakfast

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