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Jason Pill helps businesses handle the entire spectrum of workplace issues. He advises on risk assessment, policy development, education and contract creation, and he represents clients in state and federal court when litigation becomes unavoidable.

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Jason Pill helps businesses handle the entire spectrum of workplace issues. He advises on risk assessment, policy development, education and contract creation, and he represents clients in state and federal court when litigation becomes unavoidable.

Jason’s long-term client relationships give him valuable insight into how business needs affect employment decisions. Working as an extension of clients’ HR department, he acts quickly to defect or minimize potential liabilities. Jason handles a wide range of matters, including:

  • Discrimination claims
  • Sexual harassment allegations
  • Internal investigations
  • Employee discipline and termination
  • Wage and hour issues
  • Whistleblower and retaliation cases
  • Confidentiality and non-compete agreements

In addition to counseling clients, Jason regularly appears in state and federal courts to represent a broad range of employers in the financial services, energy, retail, hospitality, health care, transportation, construction, engineering, and manufacturing industries. 

As cybersecurity and data privacy issues become increasingly important in the workplace, Jason also works with clients to manage the security and privacy of their data.  And, if a cyber incident occurs, Jason has experience litigating and resolving complex state and federal data breach class action lawsuits.

Jason stays active in his community through volunteering with numerous organizations including USA Climbing, the Climbing Wall Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the YMCA, Paint Your Heart Out Tampa, the Gasparilla Music Festival, and the Lawyers Autism Awareness Fund.

Experience

Employment

  • Obtained summary judgment rulings in multiple Title VII lawsuits, including cases involving allegations of race and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.
  • Represented a call center in multiple FLSA collective actions seeking nationwide certification.  Successfully upheld the client’s arbitration agreements and obtained favorable settlements based on efforts to reduce the putative class size.
  • Obtained full relief (including attorneys’ fees) for a wealth management and private equity firm in a FINRA arbitration involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful discharge, and unfair competition.
  • Obtained a motion for permanent injunction for a national mortgage lender enforcing restrictive employment covenant agreements following competitor’s raid of a regional office.

Data breach

  • Defended a health care company in four class actions arising from a data breach involving potentially 500,000 patients. Consolidated the actions into a single state court case, successfully opposed a motion for class certification, and settled on favorable terms.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a medical supply company in class action arising from a phishing incident that allegedly involved thousands of employees’ W-2 information. 

Insights

Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • “The Intersection of Employment Law and Criminal Law,” College of Labor and Employment Lawyers’ 2020 Regional Program of the 4th, 5th and 11th Circuits (Tampa, FL, February 2020) Speaker
  • “The Intersection of Employment Law and Criminal Law,” College of Labor and Employment Lawyers’ 2020 Regional Program of the 4th, 5th and 11th Circuits (Tampa, FL, February 2020) Speaker
  • “Solving the Privacy Puzzle in the Workplace,” 13th Annual ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference (New Orleans, LA, November 2019) Speaker
  • "The Law of Employee Pay: An Introduction to the FLSA and Wage & Hour Compliance," 13th Annual Climbing Wall Association Summit (May 2019)
  • "Lessons from a Lawyer: How to Prevent, Spot, and Respond to Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Gym," 13th Annual Climbing Wall Association Summit (May 2019)
  • Florida Bar Basic Transactional Law 2018: Basic Employment Agreements (April 2018)
  • 6th Annual University of Florida eDiscovery Conference: The Critical Steps (March, 2018)
  • The Florida Bar 2018 Winter Meeting (January, 2018)
  • Phelps Dunbar & ACC West Central Florida Chapter CLE Luncheon (November, 2017)
  • ACC West Central Florida CLE Program Hosted by Phelps Dunbar (June, 2017)
  • The Florida Bar Basic Transactional Law 2016: Basic Employment Agreements (March, 2016)
  • "Florida's Increased Cyber Security Efforts and New Data Breach Law," Hillsborough County Bar Association Luncheon, Tampa, Florida (April 2015)
  • Panel Speaker, "The Social Media Quick Peek: Early Data Assessment," University of Florida Levin College of Law's 3rd Annual Electronic Discovery Conference (March 2015) (March, 2015)
  • "Cyber Security & Risk Management," Financial Executives International, Tampa, FL (March 2015)
  • Panel Speaker, "Getting Cloud Data from the New Big Three: Google, iCloud & MS Office 365," EDRM Webinar (March, 2015)
  • "Protecting Highly Sensitive Data in an Era of Cyber Attacks," Tampa, FL (February 2015)
  • "Social Media Discovery and Admissibility," Paralegal Association of Florida, Tampa, FL (February 2015)
  • "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Social Media," NALA Campus LIVE! Webinar (December 2014)
  • "Getting Your Own House in Order First: An eDiscovery Pre-litigation Primer," 2014 Tampa Bay Paralegal Association Annual Seminar, St. Petersburg, Florida (November 2014)
  • "Managing Data and Protecting Against Cyber Attacks," Association of Corporate Counsel West Central Florida Chapter, Tampa, FL (July 2014)
  • "Targeted Collections: Get What You Need to Find the Story," University of Florida 2nd Annual Electronic Discovery Conference, Gainesville, FL (March 2014)
  • "Weapons of Mass Discovery: Limiting ESI Exposure and Sanctions," ESI Roundtable, Birmingham, AL (August 2013)
  • "Introduction to Litigation Holds," ESI Roundtable, Tampa, FL (March 2013)
  • "Federal & Florida e-Discovery Amendments: What Do I Do Now?" ESI Roundtable, Tampa, FL (February 2013)
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar - Labor & Employment Section
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division - Grievance Committee (2017-Present)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association - Co-Chair of Labor & Employment Section (2017 – Present)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee (2017-2018)
  • USA Climbing (Provision of general pro bono services)
  • USA Climbing - Risk Management Committee Chairperson
  • University of Florida Law Alumni Council (Board Member)
  • University of Florida Law Alumni “Bridge the Gap” (Mentor)
  • IT-LEX (Former Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer)
  • South Tampa YMCA, Youth Basketball Coach; Coaches Committee
  • Tampa Connection Class of 2015
  • University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center (Provision of pro bono services)
  • University of South Florida – Executive Advisory Committee (Cybersecurity), 2018

Recognition

  • Employment Law - Management, The Best Lawyers in America (2021)
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (2016-2020)
  • Up & Comers, Tampa Bay Business Journal (2012)

Education

  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law
    J.D., magna cum laude, 2009, Order of the Coif
  • University of Florida
    B.A. in Economics, cum laude, 2005

Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Employment

  • Obtained summary judgment rulings in multiple Title VII lawsuits, including cases involving allegations of race and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.
  • Represented a call center in multiple FLSA collective actions seeking nationwide certification.  Successfully upheld the client’s arbitration agreements and obtained favorable settlements based on efforts to reduce the putative class size.
  • Obtained full relief (including attorneys’ fees) for a wealth management and private equity firm in a FINRA arbitration involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful discharge, and unfair competition.
  • Obtained a motion for permanent injunction for a national mortgage lender enforcing restrictive employment covenant agreements following competitor’s raid of a regional office.

Data breach

  • Defended a health care company in four class actions arising from a data breach involving potentially 500,000 patients. Consolidated the actions into a single state court case, successfully opposed a motion for class certification, and settled on favorable terms.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a medical supply company in class action arising from a phishing incident that allegedly involved thousands of employees’ W-2 information. 
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • “The Intersection of Employment Law and Criminal Law,” College of Labor and Employment Lawyers’ 2020 Regional Program of the 4th, 5th and 11th Circuits (Tampa, FL, February 2020) Speaker
  • “The Intersection of Employment Law and Criminal Law,” College of Labor and Employment Lawyers’ 2020 Regional Program of the 4th, 5th and 11th Circuits (Tampa, FL, February 2020) Speaker
  • “Solving the Privacy Puzzle in the Workplace,” 13th Annual ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference (New Orleans, LA, November 2019) Speaker
  • "The Law of Employee Pay: An Introduction to the FLSA and Wage & Hour Compliance," 13th Annual Climbing Wall Association Summit (May 2019)
  • "Lessons from a Lawyer: How to Prevent, Spot, and Respond to Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the Gym," 13th Annual Climbing Wall Association Summit (May 2019)
  • Florida Bar Basic Transactional Law 2018: Basic Employment Agreements (April 2018)
  • 6th Annual University of Florida eDiscovery Conference: The Critical Steps (March, 2018)
  • The Florida Bar 2018 Winter Meeting (January, 2018)
  • Phelps Dunbar & ACC West Central Florida Chapter CLE Luncheon (November, 2017)
  • ACC West Central Florida CLE Program Hosted by Phelps Dunbar (June, 2017)
  • The Florida Bar Basic Transactional Law 2016: Basic Employment Agreements (March, 2016)
  • "Florida's Increased Cyber Security Efforts and New Data Breach Law," Hillsborough County Bar Association Luncheon, Tampa, Florida (April 2015)
  • Panel Speaker, "The Social Media Quick Peek: Early Data Assessment," University of Florida Levin College of Law's 3rd Annual Electronic Discovery Conference (March 2015) (March, 2015)
  • "Cyber Security & Risk Management," Financial Executives International, Tampa, FL (March 2015)
  • Panel Speaker, "Getting Cloud Data from the New Big Three: Google, iCloud & MS Office 365," EDRM Webinar (March, 2015)
  • "Protecting Highly Sensitive Data in an Era of Cyber Attacks," Tampa, FL (February 2015)
  • "Social Media Discovery and Admissibility," Paralegal Association of Florida, Tampa, FL (February 2015)
  • "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Social Media," NALA Campus LIVE! Webinar (December 2014)
  • "Getting Your Own House in Order First: An eDiscovery Pre-litigation Primer," 2014 Tampa Bay Paralegal Association Annual Seminar, St. Petersburg, Florida (November 2014)
  • "Managing Data and Protecting Against Cyber Attacks," Association of Corporate Counsel West Central Florida Chapter, Tampa, FL (July 2014)
  • "Targeted Collections: Get What You Need to Find the Story," University of Florida 2nd Annual Electronic Discovery Conference, Gainesville, FL (March 2014)
  • "Weapons of Mass Discovery: Limiting ESI Exposure and Sanctions," ESI Roundtable, Birmingham, AL (August 2013)
  • "Introduction to Litigation Holds," ESI Roundtable, Tampa, FL (March 2013)
  • "Federal & Florida e-Discovery Amendments: What Do I Do Now?" ESI Roundtable, Tampa, FL (February 2013)
News
  • The Florida Bar - Labor & Employment Section
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division - Grievance Committee (2017-Present)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association - Co-Chair of Labor & Employment Section (2017 – Present)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee (2017-2018)
  • USA Climbing (Provision of general pro bono services)
  • USA Climbing - Risk Management Committee Chairperson
  • University of Florida Law Alumni Council (Board Member)
  • University of Florida Law Alumni “Bridge the Gap” (Mentor)
  • IT-LEX (Former Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer)
  • South Tampa YMCA, Youth Basketball Coach; Coaches Committee
  • Tampa Connection Class of 2015
  • University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center (Provision of pro bono services)
  • University of South Florida – Executive Advisory Committee (Cybersecurity), 2018
  • Employment Law - Management, The Best Lawyers in America (2021)
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (2016-2020)
  • Up & Comers, Tampa Bay Business Journal (2012)