Benjamin W. Bard Attorney At Law


Benjamin W. Bard - Attorney at Law

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T 813.273.5000
F 813.273.5145
D 813.273.5084
Tampa 401 East Jackson Street Suite 2700 Tampa, Florida 33602

Management-side labor and employment lawyer serving private and public clients throughout Florida. Collaborating with employers to manage workforce issues and avoid disputes. 

Benjamin Bard advises private and public employers in all manner of labor and employment law issues and disputes. He represents management in employment litigation before state and federal courts, as well as federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, and other federal, state, and local agencies. He is also experienced in advising clients in both the public and private sector on a number of labor and employment concerns across a wide array of organizations and industries, including telecommunications, state and local government, higher education, religious organizations, insurance, pharmaceutical, and retail pharmacy. In that capacity, Ben assists clients in drafting documents such as policies, employee handbooks, and employment agreements.

Prior to entering private practice, Ben served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Francisco A. Besosa, United States District Judge, and the Honorable Marcos E. López, United States Magistrate Judge, in the United States District Court of Puerto Rico. As a result of his experience, he has an intimate familiarity with both the judicial and litigation processes. This experience translates to highly responsive and agile handling all types of employment  litigation, including claims involving wage and hour disputes, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, accommodation of disabilities,  and entitlement to family and medical leave. Ben also handles matters related to restrictive covenants, such as noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, as well  as confidentiality agreements. Ben is committed to working hand in hand with clients to resolve challenges and disputes efficiently, cost effectively, and with the flexibility required in evolving, post-pandemic workplace environments. 

  • Insights
    • Author, "NLRB Restores Previous Standard for Establishing Section 7 ‘Concerted Activity’ under the NLRA," The Checkoff, The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, April 2019
  • Recognition
    • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018-2022
      • Labor and Employment Law
  • Affiliations
    • The Florida Bar
      • Labor and Employment Section, Member
    • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • East Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • University of South Florida, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Lecturer
    • Benchmarks: Raising the Bar for Civics Education, Instructor
  • Credentials
    • J.D., Tulane University School of Law, 2008, magna cum laude
      • Tulane Law Review
        •  Articles Editor
      • Legal Research and Writing Senior Fellow
    • B.A., University of Central Arkansas, 2005, summa cum laude
  • Admissions
    • Arkansas
    • Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • Languages
    • Spanish