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Janet Ellen Wise

Janet Ellen Wise

Employment Law and Discrimination Lawyer
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Sass Law Firm
Tampa, FL

About Janet Ellen Wise

Attorney Biography

Janet E. Wise is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar since 2001, which recognizes her special knowledge, skills and proficiency in labor and employment law, along with her professionalism and ethical standards. As an attorney with the Sass Law Firm, she brings over 27 years of experience to the practice which primarily represents employees from both the private and public sectors in workplace disputes. Ms. Wise speaks frequently on employment law topics, especially in the area of attorney ethics, and serves on various committees, both locally and nationally.  Janet has made the Florida Super Lawyer® list in Employment Law since 2014 as published by Thomson Reuters.

Ms. Wise graduated cum laude from Newberry College before obtaining her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law, and she is admitted to both The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Georgia. Janet is a member, and 2019-2020 Vice Chair, of The Florida Bar’s Labor & Employment Law Certification Committee, which is responsible for, among other things, determining whether applicants have met the minimum standards for Board Certification in Labor and Employment Law and developing and grading Labor and Employment Law certification examinations in Florida.  Ms. Wise is a past President of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and past co-chair of NELA’s Ethics and Sanctions Committee, and she continues to support attorneys who practice in the area of labor and employment law by her work on NELA’s Ethics and Sanctions Committee.

Practice Areas

Employment Law (40%)
Discrimination (20%)
Sexual Harassment (20%)
Wrongful Termination (20%)


Résumé - Janet Ellen Wise

Bar Licenses

Florida State Bar
Member in Good Standing

Work Experience

Sass Law Firm
Sass Law Firm
Attorney, Sass Law Firm

Attorney, Burr & Smith, LLP

Attorney, Kyres Law Firm

Attorney, Kelly & McKee, P.A.

Attorney, Law Office of Mary Ann B. Oakley and Dana E. McDonald, P.C.

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Georgia State University College of Law
Georgia State University College of Law
Juris Doctor

Newberry College
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude

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Specialty Certifications

The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Board Certified Specialist
Labor & Employment Law
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education


National Employment Lawyers Association
Current Member
National Employment Lawyers Association

Council Member
Advisory Council, Ethics & Sanctions Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association

Vice Chair (2019-2020),
Current Member
Labor & Employment Law Certification Committee, Standing Committee, The Florida Bar

Committee Member
Governance Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association

President (2007-2008),
President-Elect (2006-2007)
Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association

Sanctions Committee, Florida Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association

Co-Chair (2008-2015),
Committee Member
Ethics and Sanctions Committee, National Employment Lawyers Association

Current Member
The Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Law Section

Current Member
Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association

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Awards & Recognitions

Lifetime Achievement Award
Marquis Who's Who

Florida Super Lawyers® in Employment Law
Thomson Reuters, since 2014

Who's Who in American Law
Marquis Who's Who®, since 2017

Superb 10.0
AVVO, since 2006

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Federal Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida

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Contact Janet Ellen Wise

Janet Ellen Wise
Sass Law Firm
601 West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33603
Office: 813.251.5599
Fax: 813.259.9797

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Bar Membership Information

Membership with The Florida Bar -

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Specialty Certification Information

Certified in Employment Law -

Florida Bar Board Certification in Employment Law - Lawyers certified in "Labor and Employment Law" by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization have demonstrated substantial involvement in this area of the law.

Under Rule 6-23.2, the term "Labor and Employment law" is defined as "advice and representation concerning the application and interpretation of public and private sector labor and employment law principles, as well as employment discrimination and employment-related civil rights law."

Attorneys that practice labor and employment law in Florida deal with "state and federal laws that apply to the employment relationship including, but not limited to:

(1) the National Labor Relations Act, as amended;

(2) the Fair Labor Standards Act;

(3) Florida's public sector collective bargaining laws and career service appeals;

(4) the Employment Retirement Income Security Act;

(5) the Family Medical Leave Act;

(6) Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Florida's Civil Rights Act;

(7) the Americans With Disabilities Act;

(8) Occupational Safety and Health Act; [and]

(9) the Age Discrimination in Employment Act."