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Allen Norton & Blue, P.A.

Address:
Allen Norton & Blue, P.A.
1477 W. Fairbanks Avenue, Suite 100
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Phone: (407) 571-2152
Fax: (407) 571-1496
Web site: anblaw.com
Firm Size: 29 Lawyers
Primary Contact:
Wayne Helsby
whelsby@anblaw.com
Address:
Allen Norton & Blue, P.A.
324 South Hyde Park Avenue, Suite 225
Tampa, Florida 33606
Phone: (813) 251-1210
Fax: (813) 253-2006
Primary Contact:
David J. Stefany
Address:
Allen Norton & Blue, P.A.
906 North Monroe Street, Suite 100
Tallahassee, Florida 32303
Phone: (850) 561-3503
Fax: (850) 561-0332
Primary Contact:
Michael Mattimore
Address:
Allen Norton & Blue, P.A.
121 Majorca Suite 300
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Phone: (305) 445-7801
Fax: (305) 442-1578
Primary Contact:
Robert L. Norton

Firm Description

Allen Norton & Blue, P.A. represents management in all labor and employment matters. Since the formation of the firm in 1968, Allen Norton & Blue, P.A. has provided its clients with legal representation of exceptional quality combined with an approach to employment-related issues that enables the firm to address the client's issues by standing in the client's shoes rather than merely acting as an outside consultant or service provider.

In the practice of management labor and employment law, Allen Norton & Blue, P.A. truly partners with its clients to build lasting relationships focusing on innovative strategies to prevent and resolve workplace issues efficiently and effectively. Allen Norton & Blue, P.A.'s clients include corporations of every size as well as governmental organizations. The firm's clients range in size from multi-million dollar corporations to medium and small businesses, all of whom benefit from the sophisticated and personal service the firm is able to provide.

Allen Norton & Blue, P.A. represents employers in virtually all aspects of labor relations and employment law. The firm has extensive experience in maintaining union-free environments, as well as collective bargaining and defending against union organization campaigns. The attorneys at Allen Norton & Blue, P.A. defend employers in legal actions in the courtroom as well. In addition, the firm focuses with its clients on preventive techniques to manage the employment relationship in a manner best calculated to avoid litigation. Additional information about the firm and client references will be furnished upon request.

 

Attorney Biographies

W. Reynolds Allen (Member),
ADMITTED: 1964; U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; Circuit Court of Appeals for the 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th Districts; U.S. Supreme Court
LAW SCHOOL: University of Florida Law School (J.D., 1964)
COLLEGE: Stetson Undergraduate School (B.A., 1960)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar Association, American Bar Association, Certified Mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Labor Arbitrator, Member of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys

Nicolette L. Bidarian (Associate),
ADMITTED: U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, All Florida State Courts
LAW SCHOOL: Florida State University College of Law, cum laude (J.D. 2010)
COLLEGE: University of South Florida, magna cum laude (B.A., History 2007)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar

Mark L. Bonfanti (Associate),
LAW SCHOOL: Florida State University College of Law (J.D., 2003)
COLLEGE: University of New Hampshire, cum laude (B.A., 2001)
PUBLICATIONS: "Sanctions and Medication", Conflict Management (2007); "Drawing the Line: Punitive Damages and Arbitration", Conflict Management (2006)

R. Wayne Evans (Member),
ADMITTED: United States Supreme Court (10/19/87); USDC-ND (12/14/88); USDC-MD (9/19/88); USDC-SD (1/27/89); and Eleventh Circuit (12/27/90).
LAW SCHOOL: Cumberland School of Law in (J.D. 1975)
COLLEGE: University of Central Florida (1972); Florida State University (M.A. 1980)
MEMBER: Florida Bar
PUBLICATIONS: Published numerous articles in The Florida Bar Journal and CLE publications
BORN: June 22, 1950 - Toronto, Canada 

York Flik (Member),
ADMITTED: 1996, Florida and Supreme Court of Florida; 1998, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
LAW SCHOOL: University of Miami (J.D., 1996)
COLLEGE: University of Miami (M.A., 1993)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar
BORN: December 6, 1967, Waltham, Massachusetts

Wes Gay (Associate),
ADMITTED: Florida Bar Association, 2014 - Present; All Florida Courts
LAW SCHOOL: Florida State University College of Law (J.D. 2013, Cum Laude)
COLLEGE: University of Georgia (B.A. 2010, Cum Laude)
PUBLICATIONS: J. Wes Gay, Hands Off Twitter: Are NCAA Student-Athlete Social Media Bans Unconstitutional?, 39 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 781 (2012)

Wayne L. Helsby (Member),
ADMITTED: 1983, Florida
LAW SCHOOL: Florida State University (J.D., 1981, Phi Delta Phi)
COLLEGE: Cornell University (B.S., 1977); Rutgers University (M.A., 1980)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar; Orange County Bar Association; The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section; The Order of Barristers
PUBLICATIONS: "The Constitutionality of Legislatively Mandated Binding Interest Arbitration: A Guide for the Practitioner," Center for Employment Relations Review, Winter 1981; "Arbitrability of Individual Grievances in the Public Sector: Florida's Unique Approach," The Florida Bar Journal, December 1984; and "Drug Testing in the Workplace," The Florida Bar Journal, June 1986
BORN: January 1, 1955, Oswego, New York 

Shannon Kelly (Associate, Member),
ADMITTED: 2006, Florida; U.S. District Court of Florida, Southern District (2007)
LAW SCHOOL: University of Florida, Levin College of Law (J.D., 2005)
COLLEGE: Florida State University (B.A. Art History, 1997)

Jenna Kochen (Associate),
ADMITTED: United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
LAW SCHOOL: University of Miami School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2012)
COLLEGE: Babson College (B.S. Business Management, summa cum laude, 2009)

Brian W. Koji (Member),
ADMITTED: 1997, Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1998); U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (1998); U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (1998); Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2000); Court of Federal Claims (2007)
LAW SCHOOL: Duke University (J.D., 1997)
COLLEGE: University of Central Florida (B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, honors, 1994)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section; the American Bar Association, Litigation Section and Labor and Employment Law Section; Hillsborough County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
PUBLICATIONS: "Public Employers Are Not Obligated to Collectively Bargain Over the Decision to Subcontract," The Agenda, Volume XXIII, No. 3, April 2000; “Supreme Court Reviews Obligation Under the ADA to Rehire Employee Previously Dismissed for Violating Employer’s Drug and Alcohol Policy,” The Checkoff, Vol. XLII, No. 3, May 2004; Serves as Co-Editor of the ABA Litigation Section’s Employment and Labor Relations Law Newsletter, 2005-Present
BORN: December 28, 1972, Hollywood, Florida

Robert Larkin (Member),
ADMITTED: 1996, Louisiana; 1999, Florida; U.S. Court of Appeal for the 11th, 5th, and 3rd Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana;
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas; All Florida State Courts; All Louisiana State Courts
LAW SCHOOL: Tulane University of Louisiana (J.D., cum laude, 1996)
COLLEGE: Florida State University (B.S., 1991; M.S., 1992)
MEMBER: The Louisiana Bar Association; The Florida Bar Association; Member, Executive Board, Labor Relations Committee of the Florida Bar
BORN: November 10, 1969, Miami, Florida

Mark E. Levitt (Member),
ADMITTED: 1975, Florida; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 11th, 5th, and 4th Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; All Florida State Courts
LAW SCHOOL: University of Florida (J.D., 1974)
COLLEGE: University of South Florida (B.A., 1972)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
PUBLICATIONS: Author of numerous articles on labor law and a lecturer on labor and employment law seminars at various locations throughout the country
BORN: December 9, 1949, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina 

Michael Mattimore (Member),
ADMITTED: 1981, Florida; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 11th, 6th, and 5th Circuits ; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida; All Florida State Courts
LAW SCHOOL: Florida State University (J.D., 1981)
COLLEGE: Florida International University (B.A.); University of Miami (M.A., 1976)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar; American Bar Association; Former Chairman of the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission from 1987-1991; Co-Chairman of Florida's Workforce 2000 Commission; Board Member, Florida Bar Law Related Education Committee; Executive Board, The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section.
PUBLICATIONS: Author of numerous articles on labor law and a frequent lecturer on topics concerning the field of labor and employment law seminars given at various locations throughout the state
BORN: August 16, 1954, New York, New York

Matthew Neff (Associate),
ADMITTED: Florida Bar Association, 2014 - Present; Orange County Bar Association, 2014 - Present
LAW SCHOOL: Florida State University College of Law (J.D., 2014, Magna Cum Laude)
COLLEGE: University of Central Florida (B.A., 2010)
PUBLICATIONS: Editor; Florida State University Business Review; Outstanding Labor and Employment Law Student - Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section (2014); City, County, and Local Government Law Section - Law Student Award (2014); Book Awards in: Local Government Law, Employment Discrimination, Evidence, Race, and the Law, Family Law, & Condominium and Community Housing Law

Robert Norton (Member),
ADMITTED: 1970, Florida; 1972, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; 1982, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida; 1989, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
LAW SCHOOL: University of Florida (J.D., 1970)
COLLEGE: University of Florida (B.S., 1967) PUBLICATIONS: Phi Delta Phi (President, 1969).
MEMBER: Dade County Bar Association; The Florida Bar.
BORN: March 20, 1944, Ravenna, Ohio

Susan Potter Norton (Member),
ADMITTED: 1975, Florida
COLLEGE: Florida State University (M.B.A., 1975 and J.D., 1975)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar; Co-chair of the ABA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
PUBLICATIONS: Co-Chief Editor (Management) for the ABA’s Model Jury Instructions Employment Litigation Section of Litigation (Second Edition 2005).Has written articles on a multitude of employment-related decisions.

Susan Potter Norton is a principal at Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A.’s Coral Gables office. Allen, Norton & Blue limits its practice to the representation of management in labor and employment issues. Norton represents public sector, corporate and professional clients in all matters pertaining to labor and employment law, including sexual harassment, age, sex, and race discrimination, Title II and Title III public accommodation, Wage and Hour, Whistleblower and Retaliation; and matters before the National Labor Relations Board and Public Employees Relation Commission.

Norton, who is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, is listed as a “Best Lawyer in America,” and a “Leading Florida Attorney,” in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers and most recently contributed to the American Bar Association’s Family Legal Guide.” She is currently co-chair of the ABA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and was co-chair of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Committee Section of Litigation and a frequent participant in the ABA’s CLE programs. At the 2002 ABA Annual Meeting she moderated the Section of Litigation’s presentation on “Juror’s Attitudes and Perceptions in a Time of Crisis; trying cases after September 11 and the Enron Collapse” and was a panelist for the “Advanced Techniques of Direct and Cross Examination” presented by the Advanced Trial Institute at the ABA’s 2003 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

In addition to her law practice, Norton is involved in a wide variety of professional, civic and charitable activities. Norton served as president of the Orange Bowl Committee for the 2002 Orange Bowl game and was the first female to do so. She was a member of the Executive Committee for the 1995 & 1999 Super Bowl Host Committees, is past Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and co-Chaired the 1998 United Way campaign for United Way of Miami-Dade. That Campaign resulted in a 23% increase from 1997 marking it the most successful in the country. She also chaired the Florida Chamber’s Human Resources Council and is a member of Dade County’s Miami Business Forum (Non-Group).

Norton has written articles on a multitude of employment-related decisions that could result in legal entanglement. Her expertise in human resources, based upon more than 25 years of practice in labor and employment law, has earned her attention from national, regional and local media. Norton is frequently called upon to provide analysis on the complexity of the issues surrounding the workplace. She is regularly featured in The Miami Herald, Daily Business Review and South Florida Business Journal commenting on issues pertaining to human resources. She recently appeared in Business Week, Business Finance and Industry Week’s “IW Growing Companies,” a management resource for small manufacturers. Human resource executives are familiar with Norton’s periodic appearances in Practice’s in HR’s “Ask the Expert Column,” a nationally distributed newsletter in which she answers specific legal questions regarding human resources issues.

In 1999, she was selected by the Secretary of Defense to attend the Defense Department’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, one of 60 civic leaders chosen.

Norton is the recipient of the Cervera Real Estate Miami Ambassador Award, part of the 2001 Red Cross Spectrum Awards for Women. She was the 1995 recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Americanism Award, received a 1993 Woman of Distinction Award from South Florida Magazine, and in 1992 was presented with the William Colson Leadership Award.

A Florida native, Norton was raised in Jacksonville. She obtained both her MBA and juris doctorate cum laude in 1975, from Florida State University.

Peter L. Sampo (Member),
ADMITTED: 1988, Florida; 1990, U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern District of Florida; 1992, Supreme Court of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
LAW SCHOOL: Boston University (J.D., 1988)
COLLEGE: Cardinal Newman College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1981)
MEMBER: Dade County and American Bar Associations; The Florida Bar.
BORN: July 31, 1958, Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Luke C. Savage (Associate, Member),
ADMITTED: 2006; All Florida State Courts; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
LAW SCHOOL: Florida State University College of Law, (Juris Doctor)
COLLEGE: Florida State University, (B.S. Criminology)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar Association; American Bar Association; Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division; Florida Association of Police Attorneys (FAPA)
BORN: October 12, 1980

David J. Stefany (Member),
ADMITTED: 1984, Florida; United States Supreme Court; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Sixth Judicial Circuit Court; U.S. District Courts, Northern, Southern & Middle Districts of Florida
LAW SCHOOL: Stetson University (J.D., 1984)
COLLEGE: Wake Forest University (B.A., 1981)
MEMBER: Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association.
PUBLICATIONS: Author of numerous articles on labor law and a frequent lecturer on topics concerning the field of labor and employment law seminars given at various locations throughout the state
BORN: June 20, 1958, Syracuse, New York

Matthew Stefany (Associate),
ADMITTED: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2012; U.S. Court of Appeal for the 11th Circuit, 2013
COLLEGE: Wake Forest University (B.A., 2009, magna cum laude)
LAW SCHOOL: Florida State University College of Law (J.D., 2012, cum laude)

Marc A. Sugerman (Associate, Member),
ADMITTED: U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
LAW SCHOOL: University of Akron School of Law (J.D., 2008)
COLLEGE: The Ohio State University (B.A., 2005)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association

Jason Vail (Shareholder),
ADMITTED: All Florida State Courts; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
LAW SCHOOL: Florida State University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2005)
COLLEGE: University of Central Florida (B.S., summa cum laude, 2001)
MEMBER: The Florida Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section; American Bar Association; Tallahassee Bar Association; Tally TIES Board of Directors (founding member 2009-Present); Tallahassee Midtown Merchant’s Association Board of Directors (2007-2009); Co-Chair of the Law School Liaison Subcommittee of the Membership Outreach Committee; Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar Executive Council (2009-2011)
PUBLICATIONS: Co-author, Florida County Government Guide, Florida Association of Counties, 1st Edition (2010); Contributing Editor, ABA Model Jury Instructions, Employment Litigation, 2nd Edition (2005); Drawing the Line: Punitive Damages and Arbitration, Conflict Management, Winter 2006-Vol 10, Issue 3

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