Linda Bond Edwards

Linda Bond Edwards devotes her litigation practice to the representation of employers in the private and public sectors in matters involving employment and labor issues. As a county and circuit court mediator certified by the Florida Supreme Court, she also assists parties in resolving their disputes through use of the mediation process. Linda also arbitrates employment and commercial disputes privately and through the American Arbitration Association.

As a former corporate director of human resources, Linda brings to her legal practice the pragmatic and real world experiences arising from the employer-employee relationship. Practicing in the area of labor and employment law for more than twenty years, she represents public and private employers including but not limited to health care, law enforcement, municipal government and benefits management in the diverse issues attendant to employment. Linda consults with and advises clients on employment matters including hiring, retention and termination practices. Consultation, training and education on issues such as discrimination and harassment are part of her practice. She routinely develops, prepares and presents training and educational seminars for clients and others in the public and private sectors including law enforcement, diversity and public records law. Linda also represents clients in collective bargaining and has served as the chief negotiator for clients during the collective bargaining process. She has also represented elected officials before the Ethics Commission.

She conducts workplace investigations into harassment and discrimination, audits clients' employment practices and provides proactive advice that helps employers avoid and/or limit liability. Linda also prepares affirmative action plans for clients and assists clients in obtaining non-immigrant visas.

As an attorney with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Linda also litigates claims arising from the employment relationship. She has represented public and private employers in judicial and administrative proceedings including those before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). Linda has defended clients in cases asserting claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Chapter 760, Florida Statutes, including those based on religion, national origin, race and gender. She has experience defending against wage and hour claims (collective actions) brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) as well as allegations of age discrimination brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). She has also defended entities on public records issues.

In her mediation practice, Linda assists parties in reaching mutually acceptable resolutions to their disputes. She has mediated matters involving personal injury claims as well as those involving warranty, foreclosures, title challenges and other consumer-related issues. She does not mediate family law matters.

Linda is admitted to practice in all of Florida’s state courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. She is also admitted to practice before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During her legal career she has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in litigated matters throughout Florida’s state and federal courts.

Outside of the courtroom, she is a frequent speaker and trainer on issues concerning the employer/employee relationship including such topics as the prevention of sexual harassment, the ADA, the FMLA and the FLSA, as well as hiring, retention and termination practices.

  • Education

    Florida State University, College of Law - J.D., 1995
    • Appellate Moot Court Team, Member
    • National Semi-Finalist, Health Law Competition, Southern Illinois University, 1994
    • Best Oralist (Fall Competition), 1993
    University of Tennessee - B.S., Business Administration, 1979
  • Honors

    • Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite 2016
    • Jim Moran Institute at Florida State University
    • 850 Business Magazine "Pinnacle Award 2016"
    • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2016, 2017
    • Class of Florida Association of Women Lawyers Leaders in the Law Award, 2012
  • Bar Admissions

    • Florida (1995)
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • U.S. District Courts of Florida (Northern, Middle, Southern)
  • Notable Cases

    • Robyn Rush v. City of High Springs,  >>
    • Hines v. J-Curt  >>
  • Professional & Civic Activities

    • Tallahassee Womens Lawyers
      • President, 2013-2014
      • President Elect, 2012-2013
      • Various Chairperson and director postions 2009-2012
    • The Florida Bar, Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee
      • Chair (2016-2017)
      • Vice Chair (2015-2016)
    • Center for Human Resources Management, Florida State University, College of Business , Member (2000-2014)
    • Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • Articles & Presentations

    • Co-Author, "5 Reasons Your Sexual Harassment Training Isn’t Working," Law360.com, December 7, 2017
    • "Florida Employers: What if There's a Bill O'Reilly in Your Workplace?" April 2017
    • "Getting Ready for Changes: What You Need to Know for Fair Labor Standards Act Compliance," Presentation to Florida Retail Federation members, November 2016
    • Co-Author, "What to Know About Website Accessibility Claims," June 2016
    • “Employment Law on the Human Resources Horizon,” presented to Jim Moran Institute Non-Profit Executive Program; Florida State University College of Business, April 2016
    • “Equal Employment Opportunity Law Application to Managers,” webinar for Human and Organizational Management in Natural Resources (graduate course), February 2016
    • “Retaliation: A Fire Burning Out of Control?” presented to North Central Florida Society for Human Resource Management, September 2015
    • “They Say That Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Termination, Co-Employment and the Dreaded Retaliation Claim,” presented to Worker’s Compensation Institute, August 2015
    • “Why the NLRB Cares about Your Employee Handbook,” presented to Power Hour, June 2015
    • “The Business Case for Diversity,” presented to Greater Pensacola Society for Human Resource Management, May 2015
    • “The Significance of Human Resources and Employment Law Compliance for Non-Profit Organizations,” presented to The Jim Moran Institute Non-Profit Executive Program, April 2015
    • “10 Lessons Employers Can Learn from FLSA Lawsuits (with BLH)” December 2014
    • “Wage and Hour Basic Compliance Guidelines,” Presented to Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, May 2014
    • “When the Playground Bully Becomes an Adult Workplace Bully (with BDH),” Employers and the Law: 2013-14 Anthology of Best Articles, April 2014
    • “Getting Ready for 2010: The Human Resources Long Game,” presented to Human Resource Management Association of Bay County, March 2014
    • “More Than a Women’s Issue; It’s a Business Issue,” presented to Women and the Workplace Summit Tallahassee / Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, October 2013
    • “Wage and Hour Basic Compliance Guidelines,” presented to MyPayrollSite.com, August 2013
    • “Emerging HR Practices: Defining Your Vision for HR,” presented to Bay County Society for Human Resource Management, March 2013
    • “Updates on the Legal Side of HR,” presented to Center for Human Resource Management, September 2012
    • “Why Wait for the Lawsuit? Alternative Dispute Solutions for Employers,” presented to Bay County Society for Human Resource Management, September 2012
    • “Why Every Employer Should Care about the National Labor Relations Board,” presented to Big Bend Society for Human Resource Management, September 2012
    • “Friend or Foe: The Changing Employer / Employee Relationship,” presented to North Central Florida Society for Human Resource Management, September 2011
    • “Turning the HR Audit into an Investment,” presented to Florida Association of Court Clerks, April 2011
    • “HR Florida Day on the Hill,” presented to HR Florida Legislative Days, February 2011
    • “Shaking the Money Tree? How to Turn the HR Audit into an Investment ,” presented to HR Tallahassee Conference, June 2010
    • “Why You’re Still Being Sued for Overtime!” presented to Emerald Coast Society for Human Resource Management, May 2010
    • “Why Wait for the Lawsuit?, Alternate Dispute Solutions for Employers," presented to Center for Hurman Resources FSU, April 2010
    • “Why You’re Still Being Sued for Overtime!” presented to Bay County Society for Human Resource Management, April 2010
    • “Should You Be Paying Overtime?” presented to Wage and Hour Seminar, Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce, May 2008
    • Emerald Coast Society for Human Resource Management, June 2007
  • Community Involvement

    • Various Ministries, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
    • Tallahassee Habitat for Humanity (Past Member and President of Board of Directors)
  • Ratings and Certifications

    • Certified County and Circuit Court Mediator by Florida Supreme Court
    • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
 
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