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Dennis M. McClelland • Partner

Phelps Dunbar LLP • Tampa, Florida

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Phelps Dunbar LLP
100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 1900
Tampa, Florida 33602
phone (813) 472-7550
fax  (813) 472-7570


Dennis is a partner in the regional employment practice group in the Tampa office. He practices in the firm?s litigation section and is a Board Certified specialist in labor and employment law. His experience includes representing employers in litigation and administrative proceedings in matters involving employment discrimination, wage and hour laws, family and medical leave laws, union-management relations, employee benefits, and various employment-related torts. He has extensive experience litigating class action employment discrimination and wage and hour cases in both state and federal court. He represents employers in prosecuting and defending against cases involving non-competition agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets. He routinely assists employers in the preparation and review of employment contracts, severance agreements, and employee handbooks and policies, and he regularly counsels employers regarding compliance with various applicable federal, state, and local employment laws. In 1997, Dennis received a Special Recognition Award from the Chief Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida for his pro bono service to the courts. Dennis has been awarded the “AV” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards.


  • College: Florida State University, B.S. in Political Science, summa cum laude, 1993
  • Law School: University of Florida, J.D., with high honors, 1996; Florida Law Review, Board Member; Order of the

Bar Admissions

1996, Florida
1996, U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
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