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I view my role as equal parts counselor and advocate. As counselor, I advise clients regarding the law and their strategic options, and as advocate, I aggressively defend or prosecute their legal positions. But in either role, my focus remains the ‘big picture’ and the client’s underlying objectives.

Benjamin S. Briggs counsels and represents clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including matters pertaining to wage and hour, discrimination, and retaliation claims, risk mitigation, human resources training and internal audits, drafting and enforcing employment contracts, restrictive covenants, separation agreements and workplace rules and policies. 

Ben has received several accolades in labor and employment law, including Top Lawyers, Employment Law: Management by Tampa Magazine, and Legal Elite Up & Comer by Florida Trend. He is recognized by his peers among Florida Super Lawyers® Rising Stars.

Ben is a nationally recognized speaker and author on labor and employment law issues.

Ben advises and represents employers in all industries, with a special emphasis on the construction and restaurant and hospitalities industries. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ben worked for a roofing company and a billboard construction firm, allowing him to use that experience as a labor and employment attorney representing companies within the construction industry.

While in law school at Boston University School of Law, Ben was a member of the J. Newton Esdaile Appellate Moot Court Program and was an editor for the American Journal of Law and Medicine. Ben was a law student practitioner for Greater Boston Legal Services, and he was a judicial clerk for Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He earned his J.D. with honors in litigation and dispute resolution.

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, 2011, with honors in litigation and dispute resolution
  • Taylor University, 2008, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Michigan
  • Georgia
  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Community Involvement

  • The Charles Britt Academy, Pinellas County, Youth Mentor
  • The Children’s Home, Inc., Hillsborough County, Volunteer
  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer

Acknowledgements

  • Tampa Magazine, Top Lawyers, Employment Law: Management, 2021
  • Florida Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2018-2021
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite Up & Comer, 2017-2021

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Florida Supreme Court Jury Instruction Committee
  • American Journal of Law and Medicine, Note Editor
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of multiple whistleblower retaliation claims brought by former employees and obtained fee judgment for defendant company.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of multiple unpaid wage claims brought by former salesperson and obtained fee judgment for defendant company.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of all claims brought against client company and its officers regarding alleged breach of restrictive covenants, tortious interference and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Obtained preliminary and permanent injunction and fee award against former employee of client company for violation of restrictive covenants.
  • Obtained No-Cause finding and dismissal of EEOC Charge brought by former employee against client company alleging race and national origin discrimination and retaliation.
  • Obtained No-Cause finding and dismissal of FCHR Complaint brought by former employee against client company alleging sex and pregnancy discrimination and retaliation.

Publications

  • Updating Your Employee Manual for 2021, Roofing Magazine, February 2021
  • Understanding the FFCRA’s Small Business Exemption, Roofing Contractor Magazine, April 2020
  • Paying Employees During a Coronavirus-Related Project Suspension: What Do Federal Laws Say?, Construction Dive, April 2020
  • How Employers Should Respond to COVID-19, Roofing Magazine, March 2020
  • How Governments Are Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis, Roofing Contractor Magazine, March 2020
  • Problems and Pitfalls with Using Professional Employer Organizations or Working with Someone Who Does, Florida Roofing Magazine, May 2019
  • Understanding Piece Rate Compensation, Florida Roofing Magazine, September 2018
  • Workplace Safety and OSHA’s New Reporting Rule, Lawyer Magazine, March-April 2017, Vol. 27, No. 4
  • Websites and Mobile Applications: Do They Comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Computer & Internet Lawyer, February 2017, Vol. 34, No. 2.
  • Websites and Mobile Applications: Do They Comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Florida Bar Journal, September/October 2016, Vol. 90, No. 8
  • Suing a Foreign (International) Defendant: Initial Steps, Lawyer Magazine, March-April 2016, Vol. 26, No. 4

Seminars and Presentations

  • Navigating New Drug Laws and Combatting the Opioid Crisis in Roofing, NRCA Legal Conference, October 2021
  • Navigating Legal Issues of COVID-19, Western Roofing Expo, September 2021
  • Current COGID-19 HR and Vaccination Policies, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, August 2021
  • Top 5 Immigration Issues in Roofing, International Roofing Expo, August 2021
  • Top 5 Legal Issues in Employment, National Roofing Partners, July 2021
  • Wage & Hour: Potential Pitfalls, FRSA Annual Convention, July 2021
  • Shifting Regulatory Requirements: Temporary Policy Changes to Form I-9 and E-Verify Now Are in Effect, NRCA Professional Roofing, October 2020
  • OSHA’s Whistleblower Protections During the COVID-19 Crisis, RoofersCoffeeShop, May 2020
  • Everything Roofing Companies Need to Know About The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, RoofersCoffeeShop, March 2020