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John E. Phillips • 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


John is a partner in the regional employment law practice in the Tampa office. He represents employer clients in labor matters throughout the state of Florida. Clients have included manufacturers, financial institutions, department stores, hospitals, physicians? professional associations, employee leasing companies, government contractors, insurance companies, shipyards, mining companies, and restaurants. He regularly appears in Florida?s state and federal courts.

John has served as employers? counsel in race, sex, sexual harassment, age, religion, national origin, and handicap (disability) employment discrimination charges filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and local EEO agencies. He has litigated claims brought against employers under the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 (? 1981) and 1964 (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the analogous Florida statutes.

He prepares employment contracts and frequently litigates breaches of employment contracts and enforcement of non-competition agreements. He develops or reviews clients? personnel policy manuals, employee and supervisor handbooks, employee applications, affirmative action plans, and personnel policies (including drug testing and polygraphing policies) for compliance with EEO and wage-and-hour laws. He assists clients in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

John has acted as management counsel in organized labor disputes (including arbitration of contract and employee discipline disputes). He advises clients about minimum wage, overtime compensation, and unemployment compensation issues. He has litigated equal pay claims. A segment of his practice focuses on employee safety and health issues, and he regularly represents employers in contesting citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Mine Safety and Health Commissions.


  • College: University of South Florida, B.A. in Psychology, summa cum laude, 1986
  • Law School: Boston University, J.D., cum laude, 1989, G. Joseph Tauro Distinguished Scholar

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1989, Florida
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