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Patricia J. Hill

Ms. Hill has significant expertise and experience in employment law, encompassing discrimination litigation, employment contracts, employee handbooks and policies, terminations, separations, hiring practices, wage and hour issues, unemployment compensation and other aspects of the employer/employee relationship governed by state and federal laws.

She regularly counsels clients on compliance issues and dispute avoidance.

When litigation becomes necessary, Ms. Hill regularly represents employers in employment litigation matters pending in state and federal courts. She negotiates labor contracts, trains employers in union avoidance and handles unfair labor practice charges and union campaigns.

Ms. Hill’s employment law practice also includes extensive experience in litigation matters concerning non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and other state law claims.

Her published decisions include Bryson v. Chicago State, 96 F. 3d 912 (7th Cir. 1996);
Savino v. C.P. Hall Co., 199 F.3d 925 (7th Cir. 1999); Bryson v. Chicago State, 96 F. 3d
912 (7th Cir. 1999); Johnson v. Stone Container, 88 F. Supp. 2d 1295 (ND Ala 2000);
Garcia v. Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., 310 F.3rd 403 (5th Cir. 2002); Ernst v. Sunbelt Rentals,
108 Fed. Appx. 911 (5th Cir. 2004); Smith v. Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., 356 Fed Appx. 272
(11th Cir. 2009); Hardwick v. Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., 719 F. Supp. 2d 994 (C.D. Illinois
2010) and Smith v. AirTran Airways, Inc., 744 F. Supp.2d 1274 (M.D. Fla. 2010).

Ms. Hill is board certified in labor and employment in Florida. She is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers for 2008-2010 and Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law; Labor Law – Management in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Ms. Hill is involved in civic organizations throughout Jacksonville including Leadership Jacksonville and The First Coast Manufacturers Association.