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Karen M. Buesing
Karen M. Buesing
Partner 
401 East Jackson Street
Suite 1700
Tampa, FL 33602
 
Tel:
813.223.7333
Fax:
813.233.2837
 
 

Karen Buesing has counseled and represented management in employment law matters for more than 30 years. She is Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Labor & Employment Law. She has represented businesses, small and large, in litigation matters before local, state, and federal agencies, state and federal courts, and arbitration panels. Her experience includes discrimination and harassment claims, investigation, and litigation; whistleblower litigation; wage and hour litigation; non-compete and trade secret litigation; employment contract negotiation and litigation; litigation of fiduciary obligations; litigation of minority shareholder/partner disputes in closely held entities; and all aspects of employment counseling and training.

Additionally, Karen assists health care providers, financial institutions, and others in complying with their obligations to customers, patients, and companions who have hearing or other disabilities or are of Limited English Proficiency, including development of Section 504 compliance plans, ADA compliance plans and training programs, and representation in investigations of alleged violations.

Karen is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has been recognized by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
 
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The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow since 2011
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2011, Inducted into the "Hall of Fame"
 
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The Best Lawyers in America 2006-2015, Listed in Florida for Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor & Employment
 
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Chambers USA 2008-2014, Ranked in Florida for Labor & Employment
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2014, Listed in Florida for Employment Litigation - Defense, Employment & Labor, and Business Litigation
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2009-2010, 2012-2014, Listed in Florida as one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers"
 
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Who's Who Legal 2012-2014, Listed for Labour & Employment
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2004-2014, Listed for Labor & Employment
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2009, Listed in Florida as a "Top 100 Lawyer"
 
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Florida Supreme Court 2014, Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award
 
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The Florida Bar 2014, President's Pro Bono Service Award, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
 
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Hillsborough County Bar Association Trial & Litigation Section 2014, Michael A. Fogarty Memorial 'In the Trenches' Award
 
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Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers 2014, Trailblazer Award
 
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Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) 2012, Recognized as a "Leader in the Law" Honoree
 
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Florida Chamber of Commerce 2005, Leadership Florida Chairman's Award
 
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Recipient of multiple state and local awards for community and pro bono service including: the "James R. Kynes" Pro Bono Service Award (1995), Outstanding Young Lawyer (1988), finalist for the Florida Supreme Court Tobias Simon Award (1987), and the "Red McEwen" Outstanding Service Award (1986)
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Business & Professional Women of Tampa Bay, Presenter, "Women in the Workplace: Bridging the Pay Gap," September 2014
 
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Lorman Education Services, Presenter, "Covenants Not to Compete in Florida," June 2014
 
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The Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section's Advanced Labor Topics 2014, Presenter, "Recent Developments: Hot Topics in EEO Law," May 2014
 
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Akerman Nineteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Managing Employees Who File Claims: Walking the Tightrope," April 2014
 
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American Bar Association's EEO Committee National Conference on Employment Law, Speaker, "Managing Employees After Complaints: Retaliation Post-Nassar and Thompson," March 2014
 
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Ultimate Software Interactive HR Workshop, Speaker, "Recent Developments in Employment Law: What Employers Need to Know," February 2014
 
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Akerman Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Speaker, "Navigating the Legal Minefield When Medical Issues Impact Performance," November 2013
 
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American Employment Law Council's Twenty-First Annual Conference, Speaker/Moderator, "Effectively Dealing with the EEOC and Its New Strategic Enforcement Plan," October 2013
 
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Westshore Alliance Business Boot Camp and Business Expo, Speaker, "Developments in Employment Law: What Business Owners Need to Know," September 2013
 
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Florida Hospital Association, Speaker, "Government Agencies Targeting Healthcare Providers on Communications Access," August 2013
 
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Law360, Quoted, "Lawyers React To High Court Ruling On Retaliation Suits," June 2013
 
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American Bar Association's EEO Committee National Conference on Employment Law, Panel Speaker, "Deposing the Plaintiff in the Harassment Case," April 2013
 
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American Bar Association's Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting, Panel Speaker, "Ethical Issues in Internal Investigations," March 2013
 
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The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Board Certification Review, Speaker, "Statutory and Common Law Protection of Business Interests," February 2013
 
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National Coalition of Private Schools for Deaf Children, Presenter, "HR Update," February 2013
 
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Tampa Bay Business Journal, Quoted, "Social Media Changing the Rules of Workplace," November 2012
 
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American Bar Association's 6th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, Moderator, "Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Dealing with the Problem Employee," October 2012
 
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Westlaw Employment Alert, Quoted, "USERRA: No Employers Are Exempt," September 2012
 
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Federal Bar Association (Tampa Chapter) Judicial Panel, Moderator, "View from the Bench," September 2012
 
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South Florida Business Journal, Quoted, "Companies Discover New Ways to Challenge Unemployment Pay," May 2012
 
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Akerman Seventeenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Moderator, "Florida Unemployment Appeals Process and Law," April 2012
 
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Tampa Bay Business Journal, Quoted, "Judge's Ruling 'Welcome Support for the Business Community,'" April 2012
 
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American Bar Association's EEO Committee Annual Government Liaison Meeting, Panelist, "Veterans' Rights, USERRA and Expanded Protections, Obligations, and Enforcement," Washington, D.C., January 2012
 
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ABA Health eSource, Co-Author, "The OFCPP's Expanding Reach: Healthcare Providers as Federal Contractors," December 2011
 
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Akerman Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "The Effect of Recent Federal Law on Managing Employees with Medical Issues," November 2011
 
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Akerman Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Overlapping Issues with ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation Leave Laws," October 2011
 
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Westshore Alliance, Human Resource, Management Development Seminar & Business EXPO, Co-Presenter, "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - a Live Demonstration of an Internal Investigation," August 2011
 
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Florida Accounting & Business Expo/Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Speaker, "Wage & Hour Explosion: Misclassification of Contractors and Employees," June 2011
 
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The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Board Certification Review, Speaker, "Statutory and Common Law Protection of Business Interests," February 2011
 
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Risk Management for Health Care Organizations, 6th Ed., Author, "Employment Practices Liability" Chapter, 2010
 
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Akerman Client Seminar, Speaker, "Conducting Internal Investigations," Fall 2010
 
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ABA Annual Meeting, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Moderator, "Everything Old Is New Again - Age Discrimination After Gross v. FBL," Summer 2010
 
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Akerman Client Seminar, Speaker, "Enforcement of Non-Competes and Protection of Trade Secrets," Spring 2010
 
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The Florida Bar Labor & Employment Board Certification Review, Speaker, "Statutory and Common Law Protection of Business Interests," February 2010
 
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Hillsborough County Bar Association, Speaker, "Recent Development in Labor & Employment Law," May 2009
 
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International Franchise Association, Business Franchise Network, Speaker, "Minimizing Employee Lawsuits," Summer 2008
 
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Hillsborough County Bar Association, Speaker, "Jury Selection Procedures," Summer 2008
 
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Association of Reproductive Medicine National Conference, Speaker, "Strategies for Minimizing Workplace Claims," Summer 2008
 
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Akerman Client Seminar, Speaker, "Reductions in Force," Spring 2008
 
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Akerman Client Seminar, Speaker, "Misclassification and Off the Clock Claims," Fall 2007
 
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Florida Hospital Association, Speaker, "Background Checks-What Every Hospital Should Know," Spring 2007
 
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Hillsborough County Bar Association, Presenter, "Exempt or Non-Exempt-Finding Your Way Under the New Wage & Hour Regulations," Fall 2006
 
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ABA National Teleconference, Speaker, "EEO Basics," Spring 2006
 
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ABA National Conference on Employment Law, Speaker, "Evidentiary Issues in Employment Cases," Spring 2006
 
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Lorman Education Services, Speaker, "Covenants Not to Compete in Florida," December 2005
 
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"Statutory and Common Law Protection of Business Interests: Labor & Employment Board Certification Review," Speaker, Spring 2005
 
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Association of Legal Administrators, Speaker, "Hiring Firing Discipline and Record-Keeping," Spring 2005
 
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Lorman Education Services, Speaker, "Employment Law in Florida," Spring 2004
 
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Council on Education Management, Speaker, FMLA Update, January 2004
 
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Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, Speaker, "Enforcement of Non-Competes and Trade Secrets Protection," 2003
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow, 2011-Present
 
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American Bar Association, EEO Committee, Labor & Employment Section, Employer Co-Chair, 2008-2010
 
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American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, EEO Committee, National Conferences on Employment Law, Program Co-Chair/Moderator/Speaker, 2001-2003, 2005-2008, and 2012-2014
 
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Federal Judicial Center Law Clerk Training Program, Joint Project of ABA CLE Committee/Labor & Employment Section, Management Chair, 2006-2008
 
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American Bar Association "Fair Measure," ABA Commission on Women, ABA Labor & Employment Section, Management Representative, 2006-2008
 
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The Florida Bar Advanced Labor Topics, Co-Chair, 2007
 
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The Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Board Certification Review, Moderator/Speaker, Co-Chair, 2003, 2005-2006, 2009-2010
 
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Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, Board of Directors, January 2012-Present
 
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Hillsborough County Bar Association, Board Member, 2000-2004
 
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Hillsborough County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, Board of Directors, 1992-1996
 
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Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, Board Member, 1992-1996
 
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The Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Section, ABA Liaison Committee, Past Chair
 
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Prosperity Campaign, Hillsborough & Pinellas Counties, Co-Chair, 2004-2006
 
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Florida Association of Police Attorneys, Member, 2011-2012
 
Related Professional Experience
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UF College of Journalism & Communications, Adjunct Lecturer, 1980-1982
 
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Florida Today, Former City Editor; Bureau Chief; Reporter; 1975-1979
 

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Karen M. Buesing

Practice
Labor & Employment
Education
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1982; with honors
B.S., University of Florida, 1975; Journalism and Communications, with high honors
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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