James J. Dean

James J. Dean

James J. Dean

Direct Phone: (850) 201-5221
Email Address: jdean@lawfla.com

AVPRR-150

AV® Preeminent™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Education

    • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1989
    • University of South Florida, B.A., summa cum laude, 1985, 1985

    Practice Areas

    • Labor and Employment
    • Constitutional Law
    • Civil Rights
    • Education Law
    • Americans With Disabilities Act
    • Libel and Slander
    • Insurance Coverage Disputes


  • Admitted

    • The Florida Bar
    • U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court

    Public Service

    • Former Law Clerk, Honorable William Terrell Hodges, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1989 – 1991)

    Representative Client Experience

    • Represented hospitals, physician practice groups, manufacturing companies, trucking companies, restaurants, internet service providers and non-profit
      corporations
    • Represented statewide, national and international private colleges
    • Represented state agencies, public school districts, elected officials, political parties and local governmental agencies
    • Represented clients on employment law matters in state and federal courts and in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
    • Litigated matters for clients include: defense of claims of civil rights and constitutional violations, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, sexual harassment, unsafe working conditions and wage and hour violations
    • Litigated claims for insurance coverage by directors and officers, private corporations and religious organizations
    • Provided counsel and advice to clients on compliance with a broad range of state and federal employment laws and regulations

  • Professional Associations

    • The Florida Bar
    • Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Tallahassee Bar Association
    • Delegate to U.S. Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference (2002 and 2004)
    • Society for Human Resource Management

    Community Activities

    • Legal Aid Foundation, Inc., Member of Board of Directors (1997 – 2004), President (2000), Secretary (1998, 1999)
    • Calvary Chapel of Tallahassee, Member of Board of Directors (2002 – 2008 and 2020 to present); Associate Pastor (2016 to present)

    Recognition

    • Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV® Preeminent ™

    Publications and Lectures

    • Compliance with ADA, FMLA, FLSA and Title VII for Schools and Colleges Licensed by Commission on Independent Education (October 2022)
    • Legal Tips for Principals and School District Administrators on Compliance with First Amendment Rights of Employees and Students, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Leadership Conference (July 2022)
    • Compliance with ADA, FMLA, FLSA and Title VII for Schools and Colleges Licensed by Commission on Independent Education (May 2019)
    • Legal Tips for Principals and School District Administrators on compliance with various employment laws and regulations, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Leadership Conference (May 2009)
    • Employee Personnel Matters, ADA, Title IX and Florida Educational Equity Act, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Principal’s Training Seminar (March 2006)
    • Handling Allegations of Teacher-on-Student and Student-on-Student Sexual Harassment, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Summer Leadership Conference (June 2000)
    • Discipline of Students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Lorman Educational Services (May 2000)
    • The Employment Process from Beginning to End, Legal Administrator’s Association of Tallahassee (July 1999)
    • Managing Religious Practices in the Workplace, Human Resources Association of Tallahassee (March 1998)