Brian  Hayden

Brian advises public and private employers on matters related to employment law, including the use of medical marijuana, minimum wage laws, leave policies, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, unemployment compensation, internal investigations, and investigations conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") and the Florida Commission on Human Relations ("FCHR"). In addition, Brian provides live training (seminars and presentations) to risk adjusters, human resource professionals, and other executive and management-level employees on complex leave issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), the Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), and Florida's Worker's Compensation law. He also defends employers in federal and state courts in discrimination and retaliation lawsuits brought under Title VII, the FMLA, the ADA, the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), Florida's Worker's Compensation Act, the Florida Civil Rights Act ("FCRA"), and other laws.

Beyond his employment law practice, Brian also represents public and private entities in general liability and casualty defense matters such as slip-and-falls and car accidents.

Further, Brian's practice also includes the defense of well-known car manufacturers in arbitrations and other legal proceedings brought under Florida's Lemon Law and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

  • Education

    University of Florida, College of Law - J.D., cum laude , 2008
    Book Awards:
    • Legal Research & Writing
    • Appellate Advocacy
    • Trial Practice
    Yale University - with distinction in major (Philosophy) , 1998
  • Honors

    • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2016, 2017
    • Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney by Super Lawyers (selected to Rising Stars 2016-2017)
  • Bar Admissions

    • Florida (2008)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Courts of Florida (Southern, Middle, Northern)
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Member, Thunderdome Tallahassee, Legal Aid Foundation
    • Tallahassee Bar Association
    • Vice-President, Jacksonville Asian American Bar Association (JAABA) (2015-2016)
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • Community Involvement

    • Member, Yale Alumni Schools Committee (2015-present)
    • Director, Children’s Ministry for the Capital City Church of Christ
    • Board of Trustees, Capital City Church of Christ


  • Florida
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