Michael Spellman

Florida Legal Elite™

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Robert J. Sniffen and Michael P. Spellman were recently recognized in the 2018 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™ in the Labor and Employment practice area. The list of 1,012 honorees includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys. The winner list represents just over 1% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

Best Lawyers in America®

Robert J. Sniffen and Michael P. Spellman have again been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor and Employment.   Mr. Sniffen has also been named by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 Tallahassee Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year”.

Selection to Best Lawyers in America® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey.  For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 7.4 million votes were analyzed.

Best Lawyers in America®

Robert J. Sniffen and Michael P. Spellman have again been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment.   Robert J. Sniffen has also been named by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year” in Tallahassee.

Selection to Best Lawyers in America® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey.  For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 7.3 million votes were analyzed.

Super Lawyers 2016

The lawyers at Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. have once again been recognized for excellence among their peers:

Congratulations to Robert Sniffen, Michael Spellman, Terry Harmon, and Jeff Slanker (rising star) for being named as a Super Lawyer in 2016. 

Michael Spellman and Robert Sniffen have also been recognized by Florida Trend in its 2016 edition of Florida’s Legal Elite.

Robert Sniffen, Michael Spellman, and Mark Logan were honored by Martindale-Hubbell® as AV Preeminent™ Lawyers, the highest distinction given by this prestigious service.

We are especially proud of Jeff Slanker on being named as a Rising Star for Super Lawyers in 2016. Mr. Slanker has extensive experience in all aspects of Labor and Employment and Wage and Hour Law. He also practices in the areas of State and Local Government Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights Defense, and Education Law. Mr. Slanker is active in numerous professional organizations. He is a member of the Florida Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section and is a member of the Section’s Long Range Planning Committee and Publications Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Employer’s Counsel Network, the Defense Research Institute’s Labor and Employment, Appellate, and Local Government Law committees, the Federal Bar Association, and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He publishes extensively on labor and employment and state and local government law and has authored dozens of articles on labor and employment law. He also gives lectures to trade and industry groups on labor and employment law topics. 

 

October 2015

Michael P. Spellman spoke at the Florida Society for Association Executives’ Education Expo about the Department of Labor’s proposed rules regulating overtime and the recent guidance issued about independent contractors. 

Robert J. Sniffen presented "Title VII and FCRA Trends" at the 41st Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum in Orlando.

Michael P. Spellman and Jeffrey D. Slanker co-authored “Employee Handbooks: Valuable Guides or Ticking Time Bombs?” which was published in the Fall 2015 edition of Trial Advocate Quarterly.

Kenyetta M. Mullins authored an article entitled “Overtime Wages: Changes on the Horizon,” which was published in the September/October 2015 edition of Florida Society of Association Executives SOURCE Magazine.

 

July 2015

On July 10, 2015, Terry J. Harmon presented “Legal Issues Related to Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Social Media” at the Florida Association of School Administrators Professional Development Day in Niceville, Florida, for school administrators in Walton County, Florida, and Okaloosa County, Florida.

Michael P. Spellman spoke at the annual conference of the Florida Society of Association Executives (www.fsae.org) in St. Petersburg, Florida about Human Resources and Personnel issues affecting the workplace. The FSAE is the state-wide resource for information, best practices and innovations in the association community, and currently boasts over 1,000 members.

Mr. Spellman also spoke at the annual conference of the Florida Association of Self Insureds (www.fasi-fl.org) in Naples, Florida. Mr. Spellman updated the membership and attendees on developments in employment law, especially in the wake of the recent United States Supreme Court decisions and proposed rules by the Department of Labor. 

June 2015

Terry J. Harmon has been selected for inclusion on Super Lawyers’ Florida Rising Stars list for 2015 under the area of Schools & Education. No more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the State of Florida are named to this list of outstanding young attorneys. 

On June 10, 2015, Terry J. Harmon presented “Hot Legal Topics: Off-Campus Student Behavior/Title IX” to Florida school board members and superintendents at the Florida School Boards Association’s 2015 Annual Summer Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Michael P. Spellman was recently honored by the Federal Court Practice Committee as he completed his six-year term, one of which he served as Chair. The Federal Court Practice Committee serves as the Bar’s liaison to the federal courts, federal bar organizations in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference, and others interested in federal practice. Mr. Spellman will continue to serve as the Florida Bar’s appointed delegate of the Northern District of Florida to the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference.

Kenyetta M. Mullins authored an article entitled “Reconsidering Technology in the Workplace,” which was published in the May/June 2015 edition of Source.

May 2015

Michael P. Spellman presented “Taking the First Steps to Find the Best Candidate: The Zen of Hiring” to almost 200 human resource professionals at the 2015 Legal Conference of the Greater Pensacola Society for Human Resource Management.

On May 18, 2015, Terry J. Harmon presented “Common Legal Issues for School Employees” to Bradford County School District school support staff in Starke, Florida, through The North East Florida Educational Consortium.

On May 20, 2015, Terry J. Harmon presented “Responding to EEOC and OCR Complaints” and “Education & Labor Law Updates that Impact Union Negotiations” at the Florida Educational Negotiators 35th Annual Conference in Kissimmee, Florida.

Robert J. Sniffen and Jeffrey D. Slanker attended the DRI Employment Law Seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona earlier this month. The Seminar is widely recognized as one of the country's preeminent continuing education programs for employment defense lawyers.