Susan T. Spradley - Attorney at Law

301 East Pine Street
Suite 1400
Post Office Box 3068 (32802-3068)
Orlando, Florida 32801

P 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690

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

P 813-273-5000
F 813-273-5145

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Susan, a shareholder and chair of the firm's Employment and Labor Practice Group, focuses her practice in all aspects of management employment law, including litigation, general advice and training. Susan's practice encompasses representing employers in federal and state courts as well as hearings before state and local agencies. Susan represents private and public sector employers in employment law matters regarding discrimination (gender, race, national origin, religion and age), all forms of retaliation, the Fair Labor Standard Act, unemployment compensation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act and other employment related laws, including wage garnishments. Susan also has experience in defending housing discrimination claims at the federal and state levels. Susan's practice includes drafting, negotiating and litigating employment-related agreements, including restrictive covenants (noncompetition, nondisclosure and nonsolicitation), preparing policy manuals and handbooks, and conducting management training. Susan works extensively with clients to implement preventive measures to help avoid and defend employment related claims. Susan also advises clients on various day-to-day human resource matters.

Susan is the firm liaison for the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), a resource for the firm's clients facing national and international employment issues. ELA is a network of management labor and employment defense attorneys throughout the world.

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Susan joined GrayRobinson upon graduation from the Florida State University College of Law in 1989.

  • Shippensburg University, business (1978)
  • James Madison University, B.S., political science (1981)
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D. (with honors, 1989)
  • Florida State Courts
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar (Admission: 1989)
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • City, County and Local Government Law Section
  • The Federal Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Committee, Member
      • Chair (2001-2002)
  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys, Member
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Member
  • Employment Law Alliance, Member
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2020
    • Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management, 2015
  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2017-2019
    • "Recognized Practitioner," 2016
  • Who's Who LegalLabor & Employment, 2016-2018
  • Orlando Magazine, Best Lawyers, 2009-2019
    • "Top Lawyer" for Labor & Employment, 2015
  • Daily Business Review, Top Rated Lawyer, Labor & Employment, 2013
  • American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel, Top Rated Lawyer, Insurance, 2014
  • Leadership Orlando, Class 33
  • Give Kids the World, Volunteer
Presentations & Seminars
  • "A Challenging (But Necessary) Row to Hoe: Addressing Wage and Hour Compliance for Agriculture Operations,” Agricultural Labor Relations Forum, September 11-13, 2019
  • "Social Media in the Workplace ," Associates for Accounting Administrators, August 26, 2011
  • Agricultural Relations Forum, Provocateur,    September 29, 2011
  • "Social Media Issues on Employment, Including Under the NLRA ," Orange County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Committee, October 26, 2011
  • "Recent NLRA Activities Affecting Employers ," GrayRobinson Orlando Seminar, December 8, 2011
  • "Recent Developments – Social Media and Employment Law ," GrayRobinson Lakeland Seminar, May 5, 2012
  • Agricultural Relations Forum, Provocateur, September 13, 2012
  • "Workplace Issues in Digital Age ," GrayRobinson Orlando Seminar, December 5, 2012
  • "Lessons from 2012, What to Expect in 2013 ," Florida Anesthesia Administrators Association, February 3, 2013
  • Agricultural Relations Forum, Provocateur  , September 19, 2013
  • "A Year in Review: Key U.S. Labor and Employment Law Developments in 2013 and What to Expect in 2014," Employment Law Alliance Webinar, January 16, 2014
  • Agricultural Relations Forum, Provocateur, September 11-12, 2014
  • "Introductions and Opening Remarks," GrayRobinson 18th Annual Employment Law Seminar, Orlando, March 12, 2015
  • Agricultural Relations Forum, Provocateur, September 10-11, 2015
  • "Lessons Learned & Take-Aways," GrayRobinson 19th Annual Employment Law Seminar, Orlando, April 7, 2016
  • Agricultural Relations Forum, Provocateur, September 15, 2016
  • "Employment Provision: Americans with Disabilities Act," Business Executives Meeting, January 25, 2017
  • "Key Updates and Forecasted Changes for 2017," GrayRobinson 20th Annual Employment Law Seminar, Orlando, April 6, 2017
  • "Walking the HR Tightrope - Documentation," Central Florida Chapter Association of Legal Administrators, July 26, 2017
  • Co-presenter, "Update on DOL, EEOC, OSHA, NLRB and the Tax Implications of Settlements," GrayRobinson 21st Annual Employment Law Seminar, Orlando, April 5, 2018
Articles & Publications
  • Co-Author, "NLRB Expands Test Used to Determine Joint Employer Status," Florida MD, September 2015
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