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Johnson Jackson PLLC is a law
firm dedicated to delivering the full spectrum of legal representation to
employers on labor and employment matters. Our attorneys have extensive
experience representing a broad variety of employers, ranging from statewide
agencies to local governments, from large restaurant chains to independent
restaurants, from multi-state retail chains to construction contractors and
suppliers, and from large hospital systems to private physicians’ offices.
The firm was founded on April 24, 2017, and has 6
labor and employment attorneys. The Shareholders are Kevin Johnson, who has 29
years of employment law experience; Erin Jackson, who has 23 years of
employment law experience; and Chris Bentley, who has 17 years of employment
law experience. All of the Shareholders have practiced labor and employment law
in Tampa for their entire careers. Kevin, Chris, and Erin are Board Certified
as Experts by The Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law. Johnson Jackson is located
in Tampa, Florida.
At Johnson Jackson, we focus on employment law. Our attorneys have experience representing a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from large restaurant chains to independent restaurants, from multi-state retail chains to construction contractors and suppliers, from large hospital systems to privately-held physicians’ offices, and from statewide agencies to local governments. We have developed and revised policies for our clients, helped them audit their employment practices, and advised them on how to conduct internal investigations. We have advised our clients on a wide range of matters involving hiring, firing and disciplining employees, executive contracts and severance agreements, disability accommodation, leave management, fitness-for-duty testing, wage-hour compliance, diversity goals, and harassment training. Our familiarity with these issues gives us a strong foundation on which to build solid advice for our clients.
Our attorneys have experience litigating cases in courts across Florida and throughout many other states. Employment cases are often fought in federal court, and our lawyers are intimately familiar with the requirements and expectations of federal-court litigation. In recent years, though, plaintiffs’ lawyers have been making more of an effort to tailor their claims to avoid exposure to a federal forum. When they do, we are equally willing and able to deal with litigation in state-court forums. Although we are proud of our Tampa roots, our geographic footprint spreads far wider. The firm’s lawyers often handle litigation for firm clients in state and federal courts across the country, and have been specially admitted to handle cases in a diverse array of forums ranging from Boston, Massachusetts to Detroit, Michigan to Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Our clients all have the same basic goal: they want to be relieved of the distractions and burdens of litigation in a timely and cost-effective manner. But when you move beyond that simple goal, there are many other considerations that can affect the choices that must be made in litigation. For some clients, cost or publicity considerations may be paramount. For others, defending a particular exemption decision or a particular management freedom may take priority. We make it our business to take those considerations into account and litigate the case the way it needs to be litigated for our client. We strongly believe in early case analysis. Whether the matter is a new EEO charge or a lawsuit that has just been served, we strive to provide our clients with an assessment early in the process of how we assess and plan to deal with the key factors that may affect the result. Those may include, among others: the laws applicable to the case; how our facts fit within those laws; the strengths and weaknesses of our witnesses; the nature of the forum in which it will be heard; the leanings of the judge or other decision-maker; the skill and tendencies of opposing counsel; the goals of the opposing party; the likely intensity/complexity of the litigation; the amount at risk; the organizational implications of settlement versus litigation; and any relevant public-relations concerns. Of course, the fundamentals of any strategy start with making sure that the case is ready for trial. The reality of litigation is that there will be times when even a well-founded, well-argued motion to dismiss or motion for summary judgment will not succeed. When that happens, being prepared to take the case to trial is essential to protecting our clients’ rights.
Our clients hire us because of our reputation. We recognize this is our stock in trade, and we do our best to maintain a reputation for skill and professionalism in every court in which we appear. When we ask judges to rule in our clients’ favor, we need those judges to trust that we are accurately presenting the law and the facts and that our word can be relied upon. Our goal is always to meet and exceed judicial expectations. We want our work to be well-written, well-researched, and fundamentally sound in all respects. Our clients have put their heart and soul into building the reputation of their businesses, and if we are going to serve as their representatives in a court of law, we want our representation of them to live up to those same expectations. Part of professionalism is competence to adjust to the changing technological environment. We recognize that technology has many benefits, but it also carries risks. We are committed to maintaining our technology and our systems in a manner that provides full security for our clients’ communications and the documents they share with us. We will ensure that any vendors who work on our systems are reliable and committed to a high level of security.