Sacha Dyson - Attorney at Law

401 East Jackson Street
Suite 2700
Post Office Box 3324 (33601-3324)
Tampa, Florida 33602

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Biography

Sacha, a shareholder in the firm’s Tampa office, is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar. She represents businesses, governmental entities, and education institutions in labor, employment, education, housing and other civil rights disputes. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Labor and Employment Section of The Florida Bar as well as a member of the Labor and Employment Law Certification Committee of The Florida Bar. Sacha is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in jury trials, labor arbitrations, and administrative hearings as well as served as the chief negotiator for management in collective bargaining negotiations with unions.

Prior to joining GrayRobinson, Sacha served as a law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Howard T. Snyder for two years as well as a law clerk for two years to then United States Magistrate Judge Marcia Morales Howard. After Judge Howard was confirmed as a United States District Judge in 2007, Sacha returned to serve as her law clerk for eighteen months. Additionally, Sacha also practiced for 12 years at the top labor and employment boutique in Tampa, Florida. 


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Education
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, B.A. (with honors, 1998)
    • Alpha Sigma Lambda Honorary Fraternity
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. (cum laude, 2001)
    • Graduated in the top ten percent of the class
    • Stetson Law Review
      • Executive Editor, 2000-2001
      • Writing Award, Best Law Review Competition Paper
      • Outstanding Editor Award
    • Teaching Fellow, Legal Writing Clinic
    • Intern to the Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, United States District Judge
    • Award, Best Written Criticism of a Decision of the United States Supreme Court
    • Highest Grade Awards: Federal Courts & Section 1983 Litigation; Wills, Trusts & Estates; Federal Income Tax I; and Real Property I
    • Chesterfield Smith Endowed Scholarship

Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, 2015-present
    • Legal Education Director, Labor & Employment Section
    • Constitutional Judiciary Committee
      • Member, 2012-2018
      • Vice-Chair, 2015-2018
    • Executive Council, Labor & Employment Section
      • Member
      • Co-Chair, Voluntary/Local Bar Liaison Committee, 2014-2016
      • Co-Chair, Membership Outreach Committee, 2016-present
    • City, County, and Local Government Law Section
      • Member
    • Clients' Security Fund Committee
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Law Week Committee
      • Member, 2005-present
      • Chair of Law Week Mock Trials, 2013-present
    • Community Services Committee
      • Co-Chair, 2015-2017
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Member, Tampa Chapter, 2009-present
    • Member, Civics Subcommittee, Community Service and Outreach Committee, 2017-present
    • Member, Newsletter Awards Committee, 2017-present
  • The Federalist Society, Tampa Chapter
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court
    • Member, 2011-2018
  • Propeller Club
    • Member, 2012-present
Awards & Recognitions
  • Florida’s Super Lawyers, 2011-2019
    • Rising Stars, Labor and Employment Law, 2011-2012
    • Labor and Employment Law, 2013-2018
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court
    • Best Pupilage Presentation, 2013-2014
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2019
    • Up and Comer, 2014
Civic
  • St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School
    • Board of Trustees, Secretary
  • Pro Se Assistance Subcommittee of the Bench and Bar Fund, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Lecturer, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of South Florida
    • Benchmarks: Raising the Bar for Civics Education
  • Volunteer Judge, National Pre-trial Practice Competition, Stetson University College of Law
  • Alpha House of Tampa
    • Special Events Committee, 2013-2015
  • Tampa Connection, 2012
Articles & Publications
  • Just Say No:  Eleventh Circuit Holds Substitute Teachers Can Be Subject to Suspicionless Drug Testing,” The Checkoff, The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section, April 2019
  • Co-Author, “For Whom the Clock Tolls:  The Supreme Court Holds Supplemental Jurisdiction Suspends State Statute of Limitations,” The Checkoff, The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section, June 2018
  • Co-Author, “The Seventh Circuit Holds that the ADA Is Not a Medical-Leave Entitlement Statute,” The Checkoff, The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section, March 2018
  • Co-author, “Middle District of Florida Overhauls Pro Se Resources and Increases Access to the Courts,” 11th Circuit Historical News, Summer 2015
  • “Practicing to Deceive: Using the Doctrine of Judicial Estoppel to Untangle the Web in Employment Cases, Part II,” The Florida Bar Journal, July/August 2015
  • “Practicing to Deceive: Using the Doctrine of Judicial Estoppel to Untangle the Web in Employment Cases, Part I,” The Florida Bar Journal, June 2015
  • “Reading Between the Lines of Lane v. Franks: Is the Court Signaling a Willingness to Recede from Garcetti?” The Checkoff, The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section, September 2014
  • “Adventures in Babysitting: The Supreme Court Extends Sarbanes-Oxley Protection to Certain Household Employees and Employees of Contractors,” The Checkoff, The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section, May 2014
  • Contributing Author, Chapter 5, The Family and Medical Leave Act, 2016 Cumulative Supplement, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Contributing Author, ABA Midwinter Meeting Report for Subcommittee on the Fair Labor Standards Act
    • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Contributing Author, ABA Midwinter Meeting Report for Subcommittee on the Family and Medical Leave Act
    • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • “Case Notes, District Courts,” The Checkoff, The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section, December 2013
  • Co-author, “My Sandbox or Yours?  Enforcement of Forum-Selection Clauses in Employment Agreements,” The Federal Lawyer, November/December 2011
  • “Eleventh Circuit Updates,” The Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, April & June 2011

Presentations & Seminars
  • Presenter, #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements, 83rd Annual Conference of the Florida Public Human Resources Association (FPHRA), July 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “Service Animals in the Workplace,” Advanced Labor Topics, The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, April 2019
  • “Reefer Madness: Medical Marijuana and the Public Workplace,” 45th Annual Training Conference, Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February 2019
  • Unreasonable Search or Sound Management Decision? Exploring the Limits of Privacy Rights in the Public Workplace,” Human Capital Leadership Summit, American Association of School Personnel Administrators, December 2018
  • “Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace,” 44th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, October 2018
  • “Employment Law Update: Harassment Claims,” 2018 Annual FAPA Legal Update Seminar, Florida Association of Police Attorneys, October 2018
  • “PTSD and First Responders,” 82nd Annual Conference, Florida Public Human Resources Association, July 2018
  • “Florida Whistle-blower a/k/a The Law of Unintended Consequences,” 2018 Continuing Legal Education Program, Florida Association of County Attorneys, June 2018
  • “Recent Developments in Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets,” Advanced Labor Topics, The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, June 2018
  • Table Facilitator, “Florida Roundtable,” Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference, May 2018
  • “Service Animals – Dos and Don’ts Under the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Webcast, The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, February 2018
  • “Has Man’s Best Friend Gone to Work? Addressing the Challenges of Service Animals in the Workplace,” See Spot! See Spot Go! Navigating the Maze of Animal Law in Living, Learning, and Earning Environments, The Florida Bar Animal Law Section, February 2018
  • “Update on Whistle-blower Statutes and Retaliation Claims,” 18th Labor and Employment Law Annual Update and Certification Review, The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, January 2018
  • “Harassment in the Workplace,” Suncoast Chapter, Association of Legal Administrators, November 2017
  • “Reefer Madness: Medical Marijuana and the Public Workplace,” General Meeting, Florida Educational Negotiators, October 2017
  • “Reefer Madness: Medical Marijuana and the Public Workplace,” 43rd Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, October 2017
  • “Conquering the FMLA: Top 5 Secrets and Strategies for Handling FMLA Issues,” 2017 HR Florida Conference & Expo, August 2017
  • Program Co-Chair, “Effectively Litigating Employment Law Cases from Inception to Trial,” The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, August 2017
  • “Fitness for Duty and Mental Health,” 81st Annual Conference, Florida Public Human Resources Association, August 2017
  • “Privacy Rights in the Public Workplace,” Pre-Conference, 81st Annual Conference, Florida Public Human Resources Association, July 2017
  • “Constitutional Revision Commission,” Trinity Democratic Club, July 2017
  • “How Much Privacy Do We Have Left? An Update on the Fourth Amendment in the Electronic Age,” 40th Annual Local Government in Florida, May 2017
  • “Diversity and the Law: How Employers Can Lawfully Structure Employment Diversity Initiatives,” HR Committee, Florida Association of Zoos & Aquariums, April 2017
  • “When Does Eccentric Become Dangerous? Using Fitness-for-Duty Exams to Address Mental Illness in the Workplace,” Greater Pensacola Society for Human Resource Management, April 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “Judicial Estoppel: Its Development, Current Status, and How the Eleventh Circuit’s Forthcoming Opinion in Slater Might Portend the End of Its Rigidity,”  Annual Symposium on Bankruptcy Law, Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, February 2017
  • “Has Man’s Best Friend Gone to Work? Addressing the Challenges of Service Animals in the Workplace,” 2016 HR Florida Conference & Expo, August 2016
  • “Crying Foul or Preemptive Strike? Managing Whistleblowers in the Public Sector,” 80th Annual Conference, Florida Public Human Resources Association, July 2016
  • Co-Presenter, “Benchmarks and Constitutional Revision Commission,” Conference of County Court Judges of Florida, July 2016
  • “When Does Eccentric Become Dangerous? Using Fitness-for-Duty Exams to Address Mental Illness in the Workplace,” Lake Sumter Society for Human Resources, April 2016
  • “When Does Eccentric Become Dangerous? Using Fitness-for-Duty Exams to Address Mental Illness in the Workplace,” Ocala Human Resource Management Association, April 2016
  • Unreasonable Search or Sound Management Decision? Exploring the Limits of Privacy Rights in the Public Workplace,” 41st Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum, The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, October 2015
  • “When Does Eccentric Become Dangerous? Using Fitness-for-Duty Exams to Address Mental Illness in the Workplace,” 2015 HR Florida Conference & Expo, September 2015
  • “Exploitation or Valuable Experiential Learning Opportunity? Creating Compliant Student Internships,” Audiosolutionz Webinar, September 2015
  • “Accommodating Pregnant Employees after Young v. UPS: The Birth of a New Standard,” Pre-Conference, 79th Annual Conference, Florida Public Human Resources Association, August 2015
  • Program Co-Chair, “Don’t Crash on the Information Highway: What Every Law Firm Needs to Know About the Impact of Technology on Employment Law Issues,” The Florida Bar Annual Convention, Presidential Showcase, June 2015
  • “Internships After Black Swan: Creating Compliant Internship Programs,” Corporate Counsel Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association, October 2014
  • “Internships After Black Swan: What HR Should Know to Support Program Compliance,” 2014 HR Florida Conference & Expo, October 2014
  • Co-Presenter, “Workplace Safety in an Insecure World: Strategies for Dealing with Volatile Clients in the Workplace,” Pre-Conference, 2014 Special Needs Trusts, National Conference, October 2014
  • “Fraud Fighter: Strategies for Defeating FMLA Abuse,” Florida Chapter of CUPA-HR, September 2014
  • “See Spot Run. See Spot’s Owner Sue.  What Property Managers Need to Know About the FHA,” Tampa Chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, May 2014
  • “Pitfalls in Corporate Representative Depositions,” Mastering the Deposition: A Critical Skills Program, Pincus Professional Education, November 2012
  • “Removal and Remand:  Busting the Myths, Misconceptions, and Mistakes,” The Florida Bar’s Litigating Employment Law Claims Seminar, October 2011

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